Aretina R. Hamilton

Aretina HamiltonDirector of DEI Programming, Education, Training & Development
PhD, University of Kentucky

Dr. Hamilton received a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Kentucky with a Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies. Aretina Hamilton is a Cultural Geographer whose work explores the intersection of Anti-Blackness, historical trauma, and place. As an empirically informed Cultural Geographer and public scholar,  her research examines the place-making practices of African Americans and re-conceptualizes Black space and cartographies of anti-Blackness. In the wake of the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Dr. Hamilton has been writing and speaking about racialized trauma within the academy and the everyday sites of intellectual violence within higher and secondary environments. 

She also holds a B.A. in Political Science from Kentucky State University and a M.A. in Urban Affairs and Policy with an emphasis in Urban Planning from the University of Delaware. Prior to joining Brandeis, she held the role as the inaugural Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.