Kimberly Nettles-Barcelon

Professrional headshot of Professor Kimberly Nettles-Barcelon. She is smiling into the camera and is standing in front of a gray background. She is wearing a white striped shirt with black sleeves.

Position Title
Associate Professor

Temporarily - 2229 Hart Hall

Kimberly D. Nettles-Barcelón is an Associate Professor in the African American & African Studies Department at UC Davis. Her research and writing interests are in Black women's resistance throughout the African Diaspora. She is also a scholar of critical food studies with a particular focus on race and gendered representations of Black women and food in popular culture. Nettles-Barcelón has published an auto-ethnography of her travels to gather the life-history narratives of Guyanese women activists in her Guyana Diaries: Women's Lives Across Difference (Left Coast Press, 2008) and articles in Social Movement Studies and Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism. In addition, she has articles that think through the significance of Black women's work with food as a form of cultural and political resistance, with pieces that have appeared in the critically acclaimed journals Gastronomica: the Journal of Critical Food Studies and BOOM: A Journal of California. Nettles-Barcelón serves as a Book Review Editor for Food and Foodways, a refereed, interdisciplinary, and international journal devoted to publishing original scholarly articles on the history and culture of human nourishment. 

Education and Degree(s)
  • Ph.D. Sociology, UCLA
  • M.A. Sociology, UCLA
  • B.A. Broadcast Journalism/Study of Women & Men in Society, University of Southern California