participants in the People's Geography Project
Don Mitchell
Don Mitchell is Professor of Geography at Syracuse University. He is particularly interested in three areas. The theorization and historical study of the production of landscape, particularly as it related to laborers and the working classes. Much of my work in this area is historical (early to mid 20th century), with the goal of reclaiming the importance of workers’ lives in the making of landscapes. The production and meaning of public space, particularly as it is transformed in attempts to control the behavior of homeless and other marginalized people. Much of this work is contemporary and I have recently begun focusing specifically on the relationship between law, rights and public space. The historical geography of science, particularly as it relates to the production of what comes to be seen as “good” science. My interest here is in understanding the social, political, and geographical contexts within which science is done, and how those contexts are in many ways determining of the results produced. Together, these three areas of study are approached through a broadly Marxist, and certainly radical and materialist, framework. I start from the position that scholarship and political commitment cannot be divorced.
George Henderson
George Henderson teaches at the University of Minessota, where he is Assistant Professor of Geography and of Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies. He is the author of one book, California and the Fictions of Capital (Oxford University Press, 1999), a study of how the circulation of money capital shaped bourgeois conceptions of labor, race, gender, and nature. He has also written on ideologies of representation in geography, the so-called new western history, and African American literature. Currently, he is researching processes of ethical reasoning, and their relationship to the circulation of capital, in urban food banks. George sits on the editorial board of the radical geography journal Antipode.
Brian Page
Brian Page is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado, Denver. His interests are in Political Economy of Natural Resource Development, Historical Geography of Industrial Growth and Environmental Transformation in the 19th Century U.S., Social and Environmental Consequence of Contemporary Global Economic Restructuring, Creation of New Urban Landscapes in Denver.
Cindi Katz
Cindi Katz is a Professor of Environmental Psychology at CUNY and the author of a forthcoming book on the restructuring of social reproduction in New York and the Sudan.
Lynn A. Staeheli
Lynn A. Staeheli is an Associate Professor with interests in political and urban geography. Her research examines the ways in which local political processes shape the development of urban areas. In that context she has investigated the consequences of the electoral process, the provision of public services, and the role of women in urban politics. Other research interests include social theory and philosophies and methodologies used in geographic research. Phone: 492-4695.
Ruth Gilmore
Ruth Gilmore is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. Interests: Race and gender, labor and social movements, uneven development, politics and culture, the U.S., California, the African Diaspora. Recent publications include: "'You have dislodged a boulder': Mothers and Prisoners in the Post Keynesian California Landscape," Transforming Anthropology, forthcoming, March 1998; "Public Enemies and Private Intellectuals." Race and Class 35(1):69-78, 1993; "Terror Austerity Race Gender Excess Theater," in Reading Rodney King/Reading Urban Uprising, ed. Robert Gooding-Williams, New York and London: Routledge, 23-37, 1993; "Decorative Beasts: Dogging the Academy in the Late Twentieth Century," California Sociologist 14(1/2):113-135, 1991.
Andrew Herod
Andrew Herod is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Georgia. His research interests include trying to understand how globalization is impacting organized labor and how, through their activities, workers and unions have shaped the geography of capitalism. He is editor of Organizing the Landscape: Geographical Perspectives on Labor Unionism (1998, University of Minnesota Press) which was designated a "breakthrough book" in May 1999 by the critical journal Lingua Franca, and is co-editor of An Unruly World? Globalization, Governance and Geography (1998, Routledge). He is also the author of Labor Geography: Workers and the Landscapes of Capitalism (forthcoming, Guilford Press).
Laura Pulido
Dr. Pulido's scholarly and political interests center on race, social movements, and questions of social justice. On the one hand she seeks to understand how various structures and processes, such as race and economic status, work to oppress people and create marginalized communities. On the other hand, she is intrigued with how people organize themselves to resist exploitive situations and create their own visions of a more socially just world. To date she has analyzed these questions primarily through the lens of environmental racism/justice, including such issues as the role of identity in the development of multiracial organizations, conceptions of race in the literature on environmental racism, and the concept of "ecological legitimacy" in the development of oppositional environmental discourses. Dr. Pulido's book, Environmentalsim and Economic Justice: Two Chicano Struggles in the Southwest was published by the University of Arizona Press in 1996.
Neil Smith
Neil Smith is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where he also directs the Center for Place, Culture and Politics. He works on the broad connections between space, social theory and history, and his books include 'New Urban Frontier: Gentrification and the Revanchist City' (1996) and 'Uneven Development: Nature, Capital and the Production of Space' (1991). He is author of more than 100 articles and book chapters, sits on 10 editorial boards, and has recently completed large study of 'Mapping the American Century: Isaiah Bowman and the Geography of Empire.' He has been awarded Honors for Distinguished Scholarship by the Association of American Geographers and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowshipand is an organizer of the International Critical Geography group, and has been an activist around a number of issues from gentrification and homelessness to national liberation and working class struggles.
Sallie Marston
Sallie Marston is Professor and Head of the Department of Geography and Regional Development at the University of Arizona. Her research and teaching emphases include urban, social, cultural, and political geography with a particular focus on the ways that identities of ethnicity, race, gender, and sexuality operate in social movements in both historical and contemporary contexts. She is the co-author, with Paul Knox, of an award-winning undergraduate textbook entitled, Places and Regions in Global Context: Human Geography.
Michael Brown
Michael Brown is assistant professor in the Geography Department at University of Washington in Seattle. My research is at the intersection of local political and medical geographies. I am specifically interested in questions of care, health, and the home. Presently I am researching, the shifting location of death and dying from hospital to the home in Washington State. Recently I have looked at the spatial metaphor of "the closet" and its implications for social theory at a variety of spatial scales from the body to the globe. I have also studied recent AIDS politics in Vancouver, Canada and Christchurch, New Zealand. Previously I have researched neighborhood politics and suburban exclusionary zoning policies in Massachusetts.
Matt Hannah
Matt Hannah is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Vermont. His work has focused on the relations between space, knowledge and power, through studies of US government attempts to subjugate the Oglala Lakota ("Sioux") in the late nineteenth century, and through investigations of historical and present-day political aspects of census-taking in the US. Current academic- political interests center on the possible wider significance of unionism in the academy.
Clyde Woods
Clyde Woods is an Assistant Professor in the Afro-American Studies Program at the University of Maryland.  He is the author of Development Arrested: Race, Power and the Blues in the Mississippi Delta (1998) and the forthcoming books, Race and Urban Restructuring in Southern California and Blues Epistemology.
Richard Van Deusen
Richard Van Deusen a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography at Syracuse University.  His areas of study are social, political and urban geographies in European and North American contexts. His work addresses the social, political and economic issues instigated by the exclusion and oppression of people marginalized under capitalist modes of production, and by the often unfair distribution of resources among those people. He find these aspects of social justice to be geographical in that certain actors, such as architects, engineers, and developers, materialize injustice in the built environment.  The forceful and often violent character to social exclusions suggest that there are real, material roots and consequences to design work that is often considered "cultural," conceptual and discursive.
Alan Burns
Clayton Rosati
Clayton Rosati recently completed his PhD in geography at Syracuse University and is currently a lecturer at the University of Vermont. He is interested in the materiality of culture, particularly the role of technology and the built environment in the production mass cultural forms. Clayton's dissertation research focuses on MTV and the industrial production of culture. This project attempts to revive a materialist critique of media cultural production through a study of how the corporation's telecommunications infrastructure and relations of creative labor limit the shape of their cultural products. He is also interested in American racism and its relation to the geography of the production of popular culture. Fundamentally, Clayton is interested in issues of social justice and the ways in which relations of cultural production, through technology and industrial production, often work against justice projects. Clayton has served in leadership positions for several anti-racist organizations and is also a musician, having worked in many community arts projects in Syracuse and the Washington, DC area.
Reecia Orzeck
Reecia Orzeck Reecia is the former research assistant for the People's Geography Project. When not laboring for the people, Reecia is persuing a doctoral degree at Syracuse University. Her dissertation explores the ways in which international human rights law safeguards and bolsters capitalist accumulation and imperialism. She is also interested in critical feminist theory, urban geography, and Canadian Studies.
Euan Hague
Euan Hague was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Euan Hague gained his BSc from University of Bristol in 1993. After completing an MA in Cultural Studies at Lancaster University in 1994, he attended Syracuse University and was awarded a Ph.D. in Geography in 1998, his dissertation examining perceptions of Scotland and Scottish identity held by members of the Scottish-American community and elementary school children in New York State. His major topics of interest are cultural, political and urban geography and he has been influenced by post-structural and feminist social theory, theories of nationalism and identity, and contests over memory and commemoration. As a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Staffordshire University (1998-2000) he participated in a project to examine processes of exclusion in urban leisure and at Syracuse University (2000-2002) Euan developed his research on nationalism, focusing on movements in Scotland and neo-Confederate activism in the United States. He is currently researching claims to 'Celtic' ethnicity in the USA and the political and geographical impacts of such contentions. Engaged in collaborative research of the secessionist organization the League of the South, Euan's articles have appeared in Gender, Place and Culture, Area, and the Scottish Geographical Journal. He has contributed chapters for collections published by Routledge and Zed Books and served as a guest editor for North West Geographer and Hagar, an international Social Science journal.