Mia Dawson

Mia is an organizer with Black Lives Matter Sacramento and a PhD student in the Geography Graduate Group at UC Davis.  Her research explores the uses of mapping as a tool in Black Lives Matter and other social movements, considering the limits and possibilities of geographic information systems as tools for liberation struggles.  This research brings black feminist studies, science and technology studies, and human geography into conversation.  Mia earned her BA from Oberlin College where she studied biology and geology. After graduating, she worked with the Bureau of Land Management on Seeds of Success, a nationwide native plant restoration program.  As a graduate student, she has worked with the UC Davis Center for Regional Change on water justice action research in California's San Joaquin Valley.   Mia is a Switzer Environmental Fellow and a Society of Women Geographer's Pruitt Fellow.