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Sara Safransky

Assistant Professor, Human and Organizational Development

Sara Safransky is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human and Organizational Development in Peabody College. She received her PhD in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 and her MA in City and Regional Planning in 2008, also from UNC. Her research and teaching focus on urban studies, political ecology, post-colonial theory, Black geographies, agro-food studies, and participatory research. She uses interdisciplinary approaches from geography, anthropology, and critical race studies to examine contemporary social inequities and environmental problems, as well as efforts by social movements to build more just worlds. Sara is currently working on two book projects. The first explores the racial and environmental politics involved in redeveloping Detroit, where 150,000 lots lie “vacant” after decades of industrial decline, white flight, and poverty. She is the co-editor of a second book project called Detroit: A People’s Atlas (forthcoming in 2017), which offers counter-narratives of Detroit’s past, present, and future from below. The Atlas is an outcome of a community-based participatory research project called Uniting Detroiters. You can find out more about her work at her website: