Savannah Jane Kilner

Savannah Jane Kilner

Office: 1120 Rolfe Hall


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Savannah J. Kilner is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Gender Studies at UCLA (PhD expected June 2021). Her research examines how practices and imaginings of space and place are shaped by and contest conditions of racial capitalism and settler colonialism. Her dissertation, “Pride and Property: Queer Settler Colonialism, Blackness, and the Landed Politics of Solidarity,” investigates a variety of queer relationships to and narrations of space, place, and land in Ohlone territories (SF Bay Area), 1979-present. Savannah has been active in and inspired by movements for prison-industrial complex abolition, Indigenous sovereignty, and housing justice. She is co-editor of Counterpoints: A San Francisco Bay Area Atlas of Displacement and Resistance (PM Press, 2021) and her work has been supported by the Institute for Citizens and Scholars, Ralph E. Bunche Center for African American Studies, Bancroft Library, Center for Study of Women, Social Science Research Council, and UC Humanities Research Institute.

Research Interests

Feminist Geography, Indigenous Studies, Black Studies, Visual Culture, Women of Color Feminism & Queer of Color Critique, Neoliberalism