BA in Sociology & Anthropology, Environmental Studies & Science Minor, Spelman College
PhD Candidate in Society & Environment, UC Berkeley
Environmental Justice; Political Ecology; Environmental History; Ecowomanism; Feminist Philosophy of Science; Science, Technology and Society Studies (STS); Community Geography; Participatory Mixed Method Research; Urban Greenspace Management; Black Vegetarianism; Ethnobotany; Urban Agriculture; Food Justice; Climate Justice; Coastal Resource Management; Transcultural Ecological Knowledge
I am the great-granddaughter of field hands who toiled in tobacco and cotton fields in North Carolina, factory workers produced by the Great Migration in New Jersey and former sharecroppers who still live in Georgia. I am a product of enslaved Africans, Indigenous folk, plantation owners and immigrants from various countries. I am a Black woman and woman of color who grew up in Section 8 housing and homeless shelters in Arlington, Virginia. I am a proud graduate of Spelman College and first-generation Ph.D. Candidate in Society & Environment. I am, most importantly, a descendant of environmental justice geographies including Carolina hog and chicken farms, northern chemical industries and southern junkyards.
I am also an environmental sociologist/Black feminist anthropologist with a keen interest in geography i.e. I am an interdisciplinary social scientist. My past research projects explored urban greenspace management, food justice/ethnobotany and coastal resource management; they also sparked my interest in environmental racism(s), sustainability and ecojustice. Pedagogically and methodologically, I am partial to multidisciplinary research teams and mixed methods research. My future dissertation will focus on transcultural ecological knowledge, women and climate change adaptation. It is titled, "Science, Policy and Climate Change: Gulf Coast Black and Indigenous Women Fight for Justice." I hope to use my scholarship to contribute to efforts to democratize environmental governance and diversify leadership within environmental policy. Ultimately I ask: how might policymakers and natural resource managers use insights from political ecology, STS and critical theories of race and gender to make better informed environmental decisions?
Peer Reviewed Manuscripts
Roberts-Gregory, F. and Hawthorne, T.L. 2016. “Transforming Green Walls into Green Places: Black middle class boundary work, fractured communication and greenspace accessibility in southwest Atlanta.” Geoforum 77: 17-27.
Chiles Canfield, F., Henderson, M., Leon, R. and Roberts-Gregory, F. 2017. “Changing Tides: Environmental Grantmaking in a New Political Context,” in Tracking the Field: Volume 6, Analyzing Trends in Environmental Grantmaking, Environmental Grantmakers Association.
ESPM Graduate Diversity Council. 2017. "The Right to Protest Violence". The Berkeley Graduate Op-Ed
Beissinger, Steven R., David D. Ackerly, Holly Doremus and Gary E. Machlis (Eds). 2016. "Mission and Relevance of National Parks" in Science, Conservation and National Parks. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
C.N.E. Corbin, Guillermo R. Douglass-Jaimes, Jesse Williamson, Ashton Wesner, Margot Higgins, and Jenny L. Palomino, Contributors: Melina Packer and Frances Roberts-Gregory. 2015. "(Re)Thinking the Tenure Process by Embracing Diversity in Scholars and Scholarship." The University of California Student Association Graduate Policy Journal 1: 4-9.
Blogs and Other Nonacademic Publications
Roberts-Gregory, F. 2017. "Supporting Women and Climate Justice". EGA 30th Anniversary Journal: 1987-2017 30: 33.
Roberts-Gregory, F. 2017. "Diversity and Environmental Grantmakers: A Summer Love Story." EGA Blog
Unpublished SOARS Manuscript
Roberts-Gregory, F. 2010. “A modeling study on ozone formation in the upper troposphere in relation to thunderstorms”. SOARS
Fall 2018, "Climate Justice, Digital Activism and Gender in Louisiana", Tulane University, Adjunct Professor
Fall 2018, "Environmental Racism Matters", Bard Early College New Orleans (BECNO), Adjunct Professor
Spring 2015, “Mapping agro-biodiversity hotspots and cultural foods in the urban food desert: fostering community food security, biocultural diversity, and health”, Sponsored Projects for Undergraduates Research Program (SPUR) and Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP), PI: Jennifer Sowerwine, UCB Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, Urban Ethnobotany Graduate Mentor and Instructor
Spring 2015, “‘The Road to Hell Is Paved with Good Intentions’ Urban Agriculture, Ethnobotany & Social Theory: Strengthening Interdisciplinary Methodology, Ethics & Praxis”, ESPM 117: Urban Garden Ecosystems, Lecture
ESPM Graduate Diversity Council (GDC)
Black Graduate Student Association at UCB (BGSA)
Media Appearances, Interviews, Speeches and Workshops
Summer 2018 (6/12/18), "EJ Communities", New Orleans Allliance for Affordable Energy: People's Power Hour at WHIV FM 102.3, Radio Interview
Spring 2018, “The War on Climate Science: Combatting Misinformation and Attack Politics.” Tulane University Climate Action Day, Invited Panelist
Gray, Jenna. 2017. "These youth of color are organizing to address climate change." PBS Newhour, 5 Aug 2017
Spring 2016, “Women of Color in STEM: Demystifying Science while Broadening the Scientific Community” UCB 31st Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference (EWOCC), Workshop Leader