Frances Roberts-Gregory is an ecowomanist and PhD Candidate in Environmental Science, Policy & Management at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work interrogates how Black and Indigenous women within Louisiana's river and bayou parishes navigate contradictory relationships with energy & petrochemical industries while fighting environmental racism and advocating for climate justice. She uses feminist mixed methods, particularly autoethnography, digital media analysis, participant observation, and in-depth interviews, to construct an ethnographic account of state-corporate crime in the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Her work also allows her to explore joy, resistance, and scholar-activism within post-apocalyptic, toxic landscapes. Frances has taught courses on climate justice, gender, and digital activism at Tulane University and Bard Early College New Orleans (BECNO). Pedagogically and methodologically, she is partial to multidisciplinary research teams and civic engagement models. Her past research projects explored urban greenspace management, food justice/ethnobotany and coastal resource management. She currently works for the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice to engage Gulf Coast youth in sea level rise and flooding curriculum and is affiliated with the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South. Frances holds a BA in Environmental Studies, Sociology & Anthropology from Spelman College and is a Ford Fellow, NSF GRFP Fellow, MS PHDs alum, SOARS Protégé and Gates Millennium Scholar. In the past, she has interned with the Environmental Grantmakers Association through the University of Michigan’s Environmental Fellow Program. Frances enjoys learning more about what it means to be an activist with climate action groups such as 350 New Orleans and is passionate about DEI in the environmental movement, mentoring, dance therapy, feminist climate policy and vegan foodscapes.
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