Kera N. Lovell

Hi everyone, I am Kera Lovell, a Research Foundation Fellow and PhD Candidate in American Studies at Purdue University. Having taught five courses across four universities, I am currently a lecturer in American Studies at the University of Hawai’i’s Honolulu Community College campus. My broader research agenda and professional accounts can be found at my […]

Research: Visualizing Chicago’s People’s Park in the Archives

  Two weeks in the Special Collections at UIC’s Richard Daley Library as a Short-Term Travel Fellow have resulted in significant finds for my dissertation on illegal activist-created parks in the late-1960s and early-1970s.  My dissertation, titled, Radical Manifest Destiny: Mapping Power Struggles Over Urban Space in the Age of Protest, traces a transnational movement […]

Teaching: Indianapolis Urban Design

During the summer of 2016 I worked with a handful of graduate students in Ball State University’s Masters of Urban Design program advising their graduate theses.  Taken together, they all tackled different sites in the Indianapolis-area that could better capitalize on existing yet underutilized waterways to accomplish the following tasks: drive job development, provide housing and social […]

Inspiration: Mapping Chicago from Below

The history of cartography is often remembered as a legacy of white men.  With “imperial eyes” (Pratt, 1992), cartographers granted power to largely northern white nation-states through borders and names with the stroke of a pen. From the age of exploration to mid-twentieth century redlining, maps have shaped people, places, histories, and our identities.  Ultimately, maps visualize […]

Teaching: Maps of American Food

I’m in the throes of organizing a course for the American Studies program at Purdue on food studies – a class exploring the connections between food, identity, and place.  Today’s visual inspirations are maps I’ve found trying to embed certain recipes within US regions and cities.  What could you add to these maps?  How would your […]

Research: Skid Row and the Great Wall of LA

    This November I presented my research on Berkeley’s People’s Park at SACRPH – The Society for American City and Regional Planning History.  Because the conference was based in LA, many panels that put theorists, practitioners, and historians in conversation addressed local concerns over the right of the masses to the city.  One of […]