Jodi Rios

Ph.D. Candidate, Interdisciplinary Studies

Jodi Rios is a doctoral candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at UC Berkeley and is formally affiliated with the department of African American Studies. Jodi earned a BA in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.Arch from Columbia University. She taught architecture and urban studies at Washington University from 1996—2011 where she led design/build studios, community-based graduate seminars, and transdisciplinary action research projects, all of which addressed issues facing predominantly African American suburbs in the St. Louis region. Jodi’s doctoral work focuses on the cultural and spatial politics of race and racisms. Her dissertation, preliminarily titled “Everyday Racialization: Contesting Race, Gender, and Identity in Suburban St. Louis,” looks at the history and everyday experiences of racialized and gendered practices in the suburban context, with an emphasis on the legacies and politics of municipal fragmentation in St. Louis. Jodi has developed an interdisciplinary approach and methodology, drawing from the disciplines of anthropology, law, sociology, urban history, and human geography, as a means to study complex relationships in metropolitan space and to bridge theoretical and practical understandings of race, place, and power.