Profile: Jenna Loyd

Jenna M. Loyd is now at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

Jenna Loyd received her Ph.D. from the Department of Geography at University of California, Berkeley in December, 2005. Her dissertation, Freedom s Body, is a political geography of three strands of health activism that took place in Los Angeles during the 1960s and 1970s. She analyzed how the civil rights, third world left, and women s movements identified and sought to transform specific manifestations of urban crisis that were simultaneously health crises, namely racial segregation, economic abandonment, and welfare retrenchment. Her research focuses upon issues of health and social justice in U.S. cities. Activists from these movements linked urban crisis with the war in Vietnam as related expressions of racism and human abandonment, and came together to stop the war. She is beginning research on the connections between militarism and health inequities. Her work is forthcoming in Acme: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies and other articles are in the publication pipeline.

She is co-founder and co-organizer of the activist geographers grouping ( ), the vice chair of the Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group ( ), and a recent member of the editorial collective of ACME ( ).

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Updated: May 2009