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Allyson Ganster is a scholar-activist from Houston, Texas. She has worked as a community school teacher with Black Sovereign Nation, an activist collective that seeks to create autonomy within Black communities. She is also an organizer with 400+1, the first cooperative federation working to build Black political and economic power on both local and international levels. She holds a BA in Anthropology and a BA in International Relations and Global Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her undergraduate research focused on how Black women community organizers in the US and Brazil use social media in their racial justice activism. She is currently applying to PhD programs in Anthropology in order to further her studies on the intersection of feminism and Black liberation movements across the Americas, while incorporating a community-based research model.
Allyson is passionate about social justice and exploring the role academia can and should play in furthering liberatory movements for Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. This conference will serve as a way for her to expand her capacity as a scholar, writer, and Black woman navigating the intricacies of academia and activism. James Baldwin’s work, and the way he conceptualized the world in its complexity, has allowed Allyson to better understand her role in the movement for equity and justice for all marginalized people.