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Jourdan Sayers

Jsayers-jourdan_flowersourdan Sayers is a second-year PhD student in Environmental Psychology. Prior to starting at the Graduate Center, Jourdan earned their B.A. in urban studies, specializing in anthropology at Columbia University. Their undergraduate thesis focused on spatial contestation between residential and non-residential members of communities, specifically examining use of Greenwich Village public space by queer and transgender youth of color and the ways gay-identified spaces in the neighborhood often exclude the most vulnerable of queer-identified people. They take special interest in geography, public space, participatory and qualitative research methods, and studying unintended and non-explicit relationships between rigidly designed systems and dynamic human uses. They are particularly interested in the ways that groups and individuals subvert authoritative intentions and infuse seemingly immutable structures with new meaning.

Jourdan has worked in editing and grant-writing for New Village Press, most recently conducting rigorous oral history interviews with author Carl C. Anthony in order to complete The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race (2017). They now serve on the board of New Village Press. From 2016-2017, Jourdan was the inaugural Equitable Public Space Fellow at the Design Trust for Public Space, where they worked to center equity and meaningful engagement in the many facets of Design Trust’s work.

Jourdan can be reached at jsayers (at) gradcenter (dot) cuny (dot) edu.

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