Trisha Barua

Trisha Barua


Position Title
Graduated 2019


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, public/urban humanities praxis, racial formation, racial capitalism, liberalism, cultural economy, critical race art history

Major Awards:


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


  • “Oakland Ecopolis.”  Critical Sustanabilites, UCSC. Co-authored with Mayee Wong. May 2018.


  • 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).

Select Presentations:

  • “The Spatial Politics of Racial Liberalism: Contested Public Infrastructures in Oakland, CA.” University of Chicago’s Race  and Capitalism Graduate Student Conference. Chicago, IL. May 2018.
  • Session Organizer. “What Does Equity Look Like? Reflections and Insights from Bay Area Artists and Community Leaders.” Imagining America National Conference. Davis, CA. October 2017.
  • “The Legacy of the Oakland Equity Policy.” Brown Bag Talk at Asian Pacific Environmental Network. Oakland, CA. April  2017.
  • “Blueprints for Art, Activism, and Development in Oakland.” FRESH Experimental Dance Festival. Red Poppy Art House. San Francisco, CA. January 2017.
  • “Public/Carceral and Black Domestic Spaces: The Decolonial and Abolitionist Possiblities of Representations of Oscar Grant.” American Studies Association. Denver, CO. November 2016.
  • Lead Organizer and Moderator. “Expanding the Frame: Multiple Perspectives on Gentrification in Oakland.” Roundtable discussion hosted by The “Oakland School” of Urban Studies and Oakland Public Library. Oakland, CA. May 2016.
  • “The Ambivalences of Racial Liberalism: Michael Chabon and Ishmael Reed’s Black Power Imaginaries of Oakland.” Association of American Geographers. San Francisco, CA. March 2016.