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Romy Opperman

Romy  Opperman
228 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802
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Romy Opperman is a doctoral candidate whose work bridges the fields of Africana and Environmental Philosophy. She plans to defend her dissertation, “Race, Ecology, Freedom: Climate Justice and Environmental Racism,” in Spring 2020. The dissertation builds on the article, “A Permanent Struggle against an Omnipresent Death: Revisiting Environmental Racism with Frantz Fanon” by drawing on the radical critique of liberal humanism common to the work of Sylvia Wynter, Frantz Fanon, and Saidiya Hartman to critique liberal framings of environmental and climate justice. Romy was a visiting scholar at Université Paris-8 (2017-8) and a Humanities without Walls Graduate Fellow (2016-7). She received her M.Phil in Criticism and Culture from the University of Cambridge, and her BA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Warwick.