School of Engineering
Brown-RISD Master of Arts in Design Engineering

Geri Augusto

Brown Watson Institute, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Director of Development Studies


Geri Augusto is Gerard Visiting Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs and Africana Studies, Director of Development Studies and a Watson Institute Faculty Fellow at Brown University. She is interested in epistemologies of practice, subjugated knowledge, histories of science and technology, transformation of higher education, black geographies, and black transnationalism. Her current work of archival research and public engagement uses photo-essays on public gardens and parks in the African diaspora to open up ways to rethink city geographies and design, and textile assemblages and techno-tales about enslaved black women to help globalize histories of technology.

Together with Chris Bull, Augusto convened two editions of a Brown International Advanced Institute on engineering and society, Connection & Flows (2014-2015). At Brown she also serves on the Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) curriculum working group, and is part of the Watson’s Brazil Initiative. Augusto has published widely on her interests, including a chapter in What Do Science, Technology, Innovation Mean from Africa? (C. Mavhunga, Ed., Cambridge: MIT Press, 2017), which builds on decades of work on science and technology and indigenous knowledge policies in Southern Africa.