Kitanya Harrison is a freelance writer focusing mostly on the intersection of popular culture and racial justice, especially as related to sports, environment, and contemporary politics. She received her B.A. in molecular biology from Princeton University, then went on to receive a self-designed M.A. in biomedical ethics from Duke University. She was also an M.P.A. candidate at New York University with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. After earning a law degree from Howard University, she worked as an attorney in New York City before transitioning to writing.
While writing about the political upheaval in the United States, she took an interest in the ongoing saga surrounding Colin Kaepernick and began to write about it regularly. Several of those pieces were optioned for a documentary on Kaepernick by an Emmy and Peabody award-winning production team, and she was invited to participate in a series on the post-colonial British empire being produced by Vanity Fair. She lives in Mandeville, Jamaica, where she was born and raised. She is the author of the essay collection Disposable, People, Disposable Planet, published independently and cited in this extraordinary review from the Center for Culture, History & Environment: “Many will find echoes of current conversations throughout the wide-ranging collection, which includes essays about Colin Kaepernick’s protests, the dangers of white feminism, and police brutality. In some ways, each essay circles around a common question about justice, crisis, and the possibility of collective change: “What are we prepared to do to survive?”” She is the author as well of two Sherlock Holmes novels.
Disposable People, Disposable Planet