Dominique Hazzard

Dominique Hazzard

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Research Interests: 20th Century U.S. History, Urban History, Black Geographies, African American Intellectual History, Environmental History, Food Studies

Dominique Hazzard is a doctoral candidate in History at Johns Hopkins University. She is also a Mellon Sawyer Graduate Dissertation Fellow at Georgetown University, affiliated with the “Creative Placemaking, Black Restorative Ecologies, and Black Spatial Futures” Mellon Sawyer Seminar.

Her dissertation is an intellectual history of black food politics in Washington, D.C. in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. The project examines avenues through which black Washingtonians sought to reshape their food system— protest and rebellion, cooperative organizing, entrepreneurship, and urban agriculture— to argue that food was a critical site of Black Power praxis in the city. 

Dominique is also a public historian in and of the District of Columbia. Her current work is based at The Well at Oxon Run, an urban farm and wellness space in Southeast Washington where she leads an oral history project and is developing a permanent exhibition. She previously worked at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum as junior curator of “Food for the People: Eating and Activism in Greater Washington,” which was awarded the 2020-2021 Smithsonian Award for Excellence in Exhibitions.

Dominique received a B.A. from Wellesley College where she graduated cum laude with honors in Environmental Studies.