Kavita Kulkarni is a postdoctoral research associate and an ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow at the Center for Digital Humanities. Kavita earned her PhD from the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU in May of 2019. Through an interdisciplinary lens of media studies, Black studies, and critical geography, her research focuses on late 20th- and early 21st- century practices of Black placemaking in the context of urban development and gentrification in New York City. Kavita was a 2017–2018 Helena Rubenstein fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program, and a 2018–2019 inaugural resident of the Shandaken: Governors Island program for artists and cultural practitioners. Kavita has taught at NYU, Columbia University, and John Jay College, and prior to pursuing her graduate studies, Kavita was a community organizer working on various economic and housing justice issues in Atlanta, Georgia and Brooklyn, New York.