As one of our initiatives, the Africa Center hosts Field Notes, a communications project that serves as a platform for students, faculty, research partners and practitioners to communicate and discuss pressing social, economic and environmental issues of African sustainability.

In the latest installment of Field Notes, we’re talking to Dr. Jessie Luna, an assistant professor of sociology at CSU who is currently teaching classes on race and ethnicity and global environmental issues. Her research has investigated how cultural politics intersect with the forces of capitalism to produce and naturalize social inequalities and environmental degradation with particular focus on agrarian change in West Africa. In this segment, we talk about the links between environmental and social inequities in Africa, adapting research questions to unforeseen circumstances, and how to be mindful of avoiding parachute science.