Geri Augusto

Geri Augusto
Watson Fellow
Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Policy

Areas of Interest: science and technology policy in the Global South; indigenous knowledges/lay expertise/biosciences in contestation and collaboration; transformation of higher education in pluralist societies; the race/inequality nexus in global higher education; political-epistemics of citizenship/knowledge/territory/identity in Brazil and the Andes; organizational culture, learning, and practitioners' knowledge in public organizations.

Geri Augusto is a Watson fellow, an adjunct associate professor of public policy at Brown's Taubman Center, an honorary research associate at the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, and an associate fellow at the Centre for Caribbean Thought, University of the West Indies.

Her current research and practice focus on the dynamics and politics of knowledge in pluralistic societies and in complex interactive systems marked by power inequalities, particularly in Southern Africa, Brazil, the US, and the Caribbean.

At the Watson Institute, Augusto is a co-convener for the Critical Global Humanities Institute of the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) and, in conjunction with Africana Studies, for the Trilateral Reconnection Project.

In Brazil, Augusto is part of a project team, led by Bahia's Steve Biko Cultural Institute, which is creating a new Kellogg Foundation-financed Leadership Institute for black and women's social movements in the Northeast region (9 states). She is also engaged with Afro-Brazilian scholars who are working with the Secretariat for Promotion of Racial Equality (SEPPIR), in the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil, to help translate into practice the new legislation on teaching Afro-Brazilian and indigenous peoples' culture and history in Brazilian public schools.

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 70s.

From 1973 to 1991, she worked in Southern Africa, as a book editor (Tanzania), and as a project economist and technical editor for SADC (Angola and the region). She also worked as a Portuguese/English interpreter, for a variety of ministerial, Frontline states, and UN 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 on Higher Education; the System-wide Review of Science, Engineering and Technology Institutions; and the First National Workshop on Indigenous Knowledge Systems.

Augusto previously taught at Harvard Kennedy School, from 1994 to 2002. She has consulted widely to public and nonprofit sector executives on organizational transformation. She holds a BA (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in economics (Howard), MPA (Kennedy School, Harvard) and EdD, human and organizational learning (GWU Graduate School of Education).