Faculty Biography

Anthony Bebbington

Asha Best, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Geography
Graduate School of Geography
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Office: Jefferson 107

Email: abest@clarku.edu

Phone: 508-793-7790


Dr. Asha Best received her Ph.D. (2017) in American Studies from Rutgers University-Newark. She is an urbanist whose research and teaching is interdisciplinary. Her work links mobilities studies, post-colonial and black studies, critical race theory and studies of urban informality. She is particularly interested in popular, improvised and often unofficial urban practices deployed by black and migrant groups, and her research looks at how those practices impact how cities are understood, planned and mapped. She is developing a comparative research project around black and migrant place-making, informality and mobilities in the context of Johannesburg.

Courses Offered

GEOG 020: American Cities: Spaces/Places
GEOG 248: Social Justice & the City
GEOG 386.2: Geographies of Race & Speculation

Selected Publications

Best, A. (2016) The Way They Blow the Horn: Caribbean Dollar Cabs and Subaltern Mobilities, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 106 (2), 442-449.