Shana M. griffin is a feminist activist, abolitionist, independent researcher, applied sociologist, artist, and mother. Her practice is interdisciplinary and undisciplinary, working across the fields of sociology, geography, and land-use planning and within movements challenging urban displacement, carcerality, reproductive control, climate change, and gender-based violence. Her work centers the experiences of black women most vulnerable to the violence of poverty, incarceration, polluted environments, reproductive legislation, economic exploitation, and housing discrimination. She’s the founder of PUNCTUATE, feminist research, art, and activist initiative foregrounding the embodied aesthetics and practices of black feminist thought; creator of DISPLACED, a multimedia feminist and public history project that chronicles the institutionalization of spatial residential segregation through the violence of racial slavery and displacement in New Orleans, co-founder of Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative, the first community land trust in New Orleans. Shana is a 2021 Creative Capital Awardee and a Junebug Productions, 2020-2021 John O’Neal Cultural Arts Fellow. Shana holds a Master’s of Arts in Sociology and two Bachelors of Arts degrees in History and Sociology.
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