Beatrice Anane-Bediakoh is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at York University. She holds a Master of Education in Humanities, Social Science, and Social Justice Education from the University of Toronto (OISE), and earned her Hons. Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Beatrice's academic work is motivated by an unwavering commitment to the collective struggle for Black freedom(s) and life forms.
Her interests include race and racialization, Black geographies, and the spatialization of race. Grounded in her lived experiences, her dissertation explores how Black people respond to violent forms of spatialized organization and racialization—shaping Black people's patterns of residential mobility and non-mobility - to move out or stay put (in)voluntarily.
She intends to carve out spaces for Black folks to make sense of their own experiences of geographic expulsion, serving as a catalyst in re-imagining and reconstructing landscapes that move beyond Euro-white geographies. Beyond her academic work, she is intimately invested in the Black community, where in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel and the Black Community Advisory Council she participates as Big Sister/ Mentor alongside, offering affordable individualized tutoring services to low-income families in both Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.