Associate Professor of African American & African Studies
Kimberly D. Nettles-Barcelón is an Associate Professor in the African American & African Studies program at UC Davis, where she is also teaching in the Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies Department for the 2022-23 school year. She has degrees in Broadcast Journalism/Study of Women & Men in Society (B.A., University of Southern California), Sociology (M.A. and Ph.D., UCLA), and a Professional Baking Certificate (Tanté Marie Cooking School, San Francisco).
Her research and writing interests are in Black women's resistance throughout the African Diaspora. She has published an auto-ethnography of her travels to gather the life-history narratives of Guyanese women activists in her Guyana Diaries: Women's Lives Across Difference (Left Coast Press, 2008) and articles in Social Movement Studies and Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism. She is also a scholar of critical food studies with a particular focus on race and gendered representations of Black women and food in popular culture. Most recently, she has articles that think through the significance of Black women's work with food as a form of cultural and political resistance, with pieces that have appeared in the critically acclaimed journals Gastronomica: the Journal of Critical Food Studies and BOOM: A Journal of California. Nettles-Barcelón serves as a Book Review Editor for Food and Foodways.