Maris Jones


G. Maris Jones is a William Fontaine Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a joint Ph.D. in Anthropology and Africana Studies. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow at Brown University, she researched the relationship between Black identity, cultural production, and access to citizenship rights in Brazil. Jones is the recipient of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship and intends to explore climate change vulnerability and adaptation in coastal communities and small island states across the African diaspora, in particular the Caribbean and the Gulf Coast. For more information about her work visit:


B.A. Anthropology and Portuguese & Brazilian Studies, Brown University 

Research Interests

Black identity, diaspora migrations, climate change, environmental justice, citizenship, U.S. government policy, traditional ecological knowledge, transnational community building. 

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Dissertation Title

Archipelagoes of Aftermaths: Survivance, Imperialism, and Climate Change in New Orleans, Puerto Rico, and Hawai’i

Graduate Status