Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper has 15 years of experience in Social Justice Activism and Research. Her training and award winning Masters thesis from Harvard University employed critical race feminist methodology to understand how and why women of color use educational technologies to organize, learn about, and mobilize around ethical consumption practices such as veganism. She earned a PhD in Critical Food Geographies (with an emphasis in ethical consumption and Critical Race Feminism) from the University of California-Davis. Dr. Harper recently created and organized the conference, “The Praxis of Black Lives Matter” that took place April 24-25, 2015 (www.sistahveganconference.com). The central theme focused on how ethical food systems, veganism, and Black Lives Matter are connected.
She has given online webinars to those involved in ethical food movement that explain what new forms of racial injustice look like; most importantly, she explains to her learners that the creating a better global food system cannot be fully understood without knowing how they tie into interlocking systems of oppression (i.e., racism, sexism, transphobia, classism, ableism, neoliberalism, etc).
For the past eight years, she has been the senior consultant and educator for Critical Diversity Solutions (CDS). Founded in 2007, Critical Diversity Solutions is a social justice oriented consulting and training organization that seeks to teach people about systemic racism and sexism. CDS uses the creative platform of ethical consumption and 'good food' movement to address timely social justice issues.
Dr. Harper is a seasoned public speaker and has been hired many times to deliver keynote addresses, workshops, and talks at top institutions such as Middlebury College, Boston University, Scripps College, Dickinson College, and Princeton University. Her 2014 public speaking tour focused on intersections of Black masculinity, vegan hip hop, and the racialized connotation of thug. You can view her Oberlin Talk from 2014 spring called G’s Up, Hoes Down: Black Masculinity, Veganism, and Ethical Consumption (The Remix) : http://www.abreezeharper.com/#!talks-lectures/coet . You can view her fall 2014 Middlebury Talk: “On Ferguson, Thug Kitchen & Trayvon Martin: Intersections of [Post] Race-Consciousness, Food Justice and Hip-Hop” (http://youtu.be/VP6Dczll6Zc).
Recently, Dr. Harper gave a book talk and workshop at University of Oregon Eugene (May 2015). She read from and analyzed her new book Scars and explained how food objects in the book can tell us about racial and socio-economic power dynamics in the U.S.A. View video of lecture here.
Dr. Harper is the author of the acclaimed book Sistah Vegan : Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health and Society (Lantern Books 2010).