Brandi T. Summers

Brandi T. Summers is assistant professor of geography at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-founder and co-director of the Berkeley Lab for Speculative Urbanisms.

Her research examines the relationship between and function of race, space, urban infrastructure, and architecture. She is author of Black in Place: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) and has published articles and essays that analyze Blackness, culture, aesthetics, and urbanization, in both scholarly and popular publications. Her current research explores how uses of space and placemaking practices inform productions of knowledge and power in her hometown of Oakland, California.