PhD Candidate, Romance Languages and Literatures, Hispanic Studies
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Claytor engages critical mid-twentieth- and twenty-first century politics and renegotiations of land, water, extractivism, displacement, and Black women-led activism in Peru and Colombia. Having lived in those respective countries, her work explores the intrinsic relation between identity, space, and power by analyzing the Blacks and their relation to land and water as well as highlights Black women’s role in the fight for land rights and human rights as they defend the land and its inhabitants from (un)natural catastrophe. As an activist-scholar, Claytor leans on transdisciplinary theoretical frameworks and fields of study including diaspora studies, Black Feminist Theory, indigenous studies, environmental studies, necropolitics, and more. Furthermore, she engages interdisciplinary fields that wrestle with race, gender, and sexuality, which are paramount to understanding her project within the contemporary context.