Welcome

cropped-cropped-header1.jpgThank you for visiting this website. I am Justin Hosbey, a PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Florida (with a certificate in Digital Humanities.) I am also a graduate coordinator for the African American History Project at the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida. My research consists primarily of ethnographic investigations of Black social life in the U.S. South. My dissertation, tentatively titled Consumption and Conviviality: Charter Schools and the Delectability of Black Death in Post-Katrina New Orleans, explores the social consequences and geographic implications of the privatization of the New Orleans, Louisiana’s public school system after Hurricane Katrina. My research analytics are informed by perspectives from Critical Black Studies, cultural geography, cultural studies, literary criticism, psychoanalysis, and, of course, cultural anthropology. Click here for my CV.

My intellectual and political commitments go far beyond the ritualized hazing that is the dissertation. I am primarily interested in investigating the ways that Black Americans have resisted anti-Black violence (from state or civil society) from the beginnings of racial slavery to its afterlife — using, in the words of Lorraine Hansberry, “every single means of struggle: legal, illegal, passive, active, violent and non-violent.”

I am a proud native of Southwest Atlanta, Georgia. My next research project will be a historical ethnography of the families and communities impacted by the Atlanta Child Murders from 1979-1981.

Again, thanks. And welcome.