Geri Augusto

Visiting Associate Professor of Africana Studies

Geri Augusto (MPA, Harvard University, 1992 and Ed.D., The George Washington University, 2004) is Visiting Associate Professor of Africana Studies. She is also Associate Fellow at the Centre for Caribbean Thought, University of the West Indies, Mona. Professor Augusto is a former Watson Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies and Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown. For three years Professor Augusto co-convened the Critical Global Humanities Institute of the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) and from 1994-2002 taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Professor Augusto's current interests are science and technology policy and higher education policy in the Global South;  the interaction between the technosciences and indigenous local knowledges, particularly in Southern Africa, Brazil, the US, and the Caribbean; black transnationalism; and visuality, orality and digitality in Africa and the African Diaspora. 

Professor Augusto is part of a project team, led by Bahia's Steve Biko Cultural Institute and financed by a grant from the Kellog Foundation, which recently established the Kwetu Leadership Institute for black and women's social movements in the northeast region of Brazil. As a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil 2013-2014, Professor Augusto is researching how some quilombola communities and institutions in Bahia state are using, thinking about, and resignifying new digital media. Professor Augusto is also one of the principal organizers for the New Works Working Group of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Legacy Project, with a particular interest in how that US southern freedom struggle/civil rights organization influenced international policy and affairs in the 1960s and 1970s.

From 1973 to 1991, Professor Augusto worked in southern Africa as a book editor (Tanzania) and as a project economist and technical editor for the Southern African Development Community-SADC Energy Sector Technical Unit in Angola. She also worked as a Portuguese/English translator for a variety of ministerial, Frontline states,and United Nations meetings in southern Africa and Europe. Since 1994, she has collaborated on numerous projects in the South African science and technology, higher education, and indigenous knowledge sectors, including the National Commission of Higher Education; the System-wide Review of Science, Engineering and Technology Institutions; and the First National Workshop on Indigenous Knowledge Systems.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

  • "Low-tech rebels, shape-shifting and ancestor-plants: What if emerging technosciences had a globalized imagination?" Proceedings of the S.Net Third Annual Meeting, Harro Van Lente, ed., IOA Press, forthcoming.
  • "The Light and Songs of Freedom: Reflections on SNCC's Legacy to Black Internationalism," Journal of the Association of Black Brazilian Researchers, June 2010.
  • "'A World Only Partly Named': Knowledge of Plants for Therapeutic Interventions in the Early Cape Colony Among the Free and Unfree," in Wilmot Swithin, ed., Freedom: Retrospective and Prospective, (Ian Randle, 2009).
  • "Digitizing African IKS: Epistemic Complexity, Datadiversity, and Cognitive Justice," International Information and Library Review, December 2008.
  • "Transforming Knowledge, Changing Knowledge Relations, and Epistemic Openness in the University in Africa," Social Dynamics 33.1, June 2007.
  • (with N. Magau and J. Muller) Summary Report of the Future Needs and Priorities Task Group, National Commission of Higher Education (NCHE), Pretoria, January 1996.
  • Strategic Issues in the Development of High-Level Human Resources in Science, Engineering, and Technology, Foundation for Research Development (FRD), Science and Technology Policy Series, Pretoria, January 1995.

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Cross Knowledge: Contemporary Indigenous Knowledges and the Sciences
  • Organization Theory: Praxis in Public and Nonprofit Sector Organizations
  • Science and Technology Policy in the Global South