Trisha Barua

Trisha Barua

Position Title
CST PhD Candidate


Dissertation: Utopic Oakland: Imaginaries of Racial Capitalism

Research Interests: critical ethnic studies, visual culture, urban space, uneven geographical development, theories of racialization, the politics of recognition, historiography, consumption

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards:

  • Cultural Studies Dissertation Quarter Fellowship (2017)
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Equity Fellow (2016-2017)
  • UC Humanities Research Institute Conference Travel Grant (2016)
  • Mellon Public Scholars Fellowship (2016)
  • UC Humanities Research Institute, Multi-Campus Graduate Working Group grant to convene “The ‘Oakland School’ of Urban Studies” (2015-2016)
  • UC Davis Graduate Student Association, Winter Travel Award (2015)
  • UC Davis Cultural Studies Travel Grant for the Association of Cultural Studies Summer Institute (2015)
  • UC Humanities Research Institute, UC California Studies Consortium Graduate Student Travel Grant (2014-2015)
  • UC Davis Cross Cultural Center Research/Travel Grant (2013-2014)
  • Davis Humanities Institute, California Cultures Initiative, Summer Research Support (2012)


  • B.A. American Culture (Highest Honors) and History of Art, University of Michigan, 2008.


  • Review of Reimagining Marginalized Foods: Global Process, Local Places edited by Elizabeth Finnis. Food and Foodways: Explorations in the History and Culture of Human Nourishment 23:1-2 (2015).


  • “Abstracting Oakland, Exporting Community: Consumer Citizenship and Marketing Civic Pride.” Cultural Studies Association. Riverside, CA. May 2015.
  • “Abstracting Oakland: Consumer Citizenship and the Containment of Dissent.” The Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life’s “Inhabiting Containment” Symposium. Atlanta, GA. February 2015.
  • “Oakland as a Site of Racial and Political Futurity.” National Association for Ethnic Studies, Mills College, April 2014.