Megan Ybarra is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Washington, where she teaches courses on environmental justice and transnational Latinx migrations. She is the author of Green Wars: Conservation and Development in the Maya Forest (University of California Press, 2017).
Pronouns: she, her
Cristina Faiver-Serna is a Xicana, first-gen doctoral candidate in the Geography department at the University of Oregon. Cristina’s interdisciplinary research on toxic particulate matter in Latinx communities in Southern California draws from, and builds on her time working with promotoras de salud in some of the most polluted areas of Los Angeles County most affected by the goods movement in the Southland. She deploys a critical materialist methodology that draws from Chicana + Latina feminist traditions, science and technology studies, critical race theory, and critical environmental justice frameworks. Latinx Geographies began as an idea, developed into a conversation, and is growing as an intellectual community. As we move forward, it is important to maintain our sights on building an intentionally critical, anti-racist + decolonial LxG collaborative network and community.
Pronouns: she, her, ella
Magie Ramírez is a Xicana-mama and a first generation PhD from the Bay Area. She is currently a Creative Cities Fellow at Stanford University. Her article, ‘City as Borderland’, is under review in Society & Space, which uses Anzaldúa’s theorizations of the borderlands as an analytic to understand the gentrifying space of cities. She also is actively theorizing ‘decolonial geographies’ with Michelle Daigle for Antipode’s 50th anniversary collection, Keywords in Radical Geographic Thought set to come out in 2019. Latinx Geographies has been a long time coming and she is thrilled to be a part of its formation.
Pronouns: she, her
Madelaine Cristina Cahuas is a Latina PhD in human geography at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include Latinx geographies, women of colour feminisms, critical race and decolonial theory, and social justice activism. Madelaine was a recipient of the prestigious Social Science and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship from 2014-17 and has a forthcoming article
in Antipode on her research with Latinx community workers in Toronto. Madelaine is excited for the LxG to promote anti-racist and decolonizing scholarship and create welcoming, supportive spaces for Latinx students, researchers, educators and activists to exchange ideas and build community.
Pronouns: she, her
Guillermo Douglass-Jaimes, the son of Mexican immigrants, is a first-generation college graduate and Assistant Professor in the Environmental Analysis Program at Pomona College. His work is situated in global health equity and is driven by an interest and inquiry in how conceptions of place and identity can be products of social marginalization as well as sources for community resilience. Guillermo is excited to connect with Latinx scholars through the LGSG and use these relationships to identify, develop, and share ways of breaking down the explicit and implicit barriers to, and within, formalized education.
Pronouns: he, him, his
Social media: Twitter: @gdouglassjaimes Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/guillermo.douglassjaimes0
Yolanda Valencia migrated from Mexico to the U.S. at age of 17 and is a first generation feminist transnational scholar working on her doctoral degree in Geography at the University of Washington. Her work focuses in understanding how those made illegal by the law – undocumented Mexican immigrants, and Mexican immigrant in general – experience risk and produce safe spaces as they navigate displacement in Mexico, and segregation & multiple borders in the US (a place that used to be Mexico). Yolanda has recently published an article titled, “Risk and security on the Mexico-to-U.S. migrant journey: women’s testimonios of violence” in Gender Place and Culture; and a second one titled “Lo Que Duele Es Que La Gente Lo Cree: What Hurts Is That People Believe It” in the Journal of Latin American Geography. She is looking forward to be an active member of the LxG and contribute towards the production of a supportive, caring and inspirational community of Latinx scholars in the struggle for intellectual and social transformation centered in love and respect for life, relations, and co-dependence across space.
Lorena Muñoz is a Chicanx human geographer from the frontera californias region. She is an assistant professor in the departments of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the production of informal queer urban landscapes, critical food studies and south-to-south immigration. Lorena is very excited to help make Latinx geographies visible and valuable within our discipline and beyond.
Juan Herrera is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los
Angeles. His research interests include race, social movements, queer of color critique, spatial theory, and women of color feminisms. He teaches courses on space and power, race, Latinx geographies, and migration.
Graduate Student Representatives
Daniel Gonzalez is a PhD student in the Department of Geography and GIScience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include the science and technologies of racial capitalism, and ontogenic conceptions of space and identity formation. His current project is on US immigration surveillance and dataveillance infrastructures and the digital thickening of border zones. Daniel is most excited for LGSG as a space to help develop new and meaningful relationships.
Pronouns: he, him, his
Aida Rosalia Guhlincozzi is a Latina first generation PhD student from San Antonio, Texas, pursuing both a Masters and PhD in Geography at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her work interests surround the health geographies of immigrant and non-immigrant Latinxs both in and around the Chicago, Illinois area and she was recently funded for this work through the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Aida is excited for the Latinx Geographies Specialty Group in hopes that it will better enable a community of academics and non-academics to create scholarship and do better work in a field that has been hostile to them in the past.
Pronouns are: She, her
Social media handles: @arguhlin on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn
Diego Martínez-Lugo, son of a Mexican migrant, is a first generation Chicano who is pursuing a Master of Arts in Geography at the University of Arizona. His interests include political ecology, climate justice, critical race theory, and scholar-activism. Diego is most excited for the LxG to produce racially just epistemologies and to create an inclusive space for Latinxs in the academy.
Kimberly Miranda is a first-generation Xicana PhD Student in Chicana/o Studies at UCLA. Her research interests include anti-gentrification activism, community based research, and racial geographies. Kim is most excited for the LGSG to meet other Latinxs producing interdisciplinary scholarship.
Ramon Pineda Jr. is father to Citlali Itzel, an inquisitive and rebellious Xikana toddler. He is a Xikano from Califaztlan’s San Gabriel Valley, a first-generation college graduate, and McNair Scholar. Ramon is pursuing a Masters of Arts in Chicanx/Latinx Studies at California State University Los Angeles. His research interests are situated at the intersections of Chicanx Feminists Epistemologies, Third World feminisms, space production, urban spaces, and artivisms. He is working on a thesis project entitled: CumbiaLAndia: digital ephemera, borderlands sounds and the dissonant DJs queering LAs Cumbia scene. This work highlights QTPOC DJs who challenge heteromasculinist spaces at the DJ booth, dance clubs, sonically and through the imaginary. Ramon is most excited for the LGSG because it will work to further bridge geographies with epistemologies that are often marginalized, or all together ignored in the academy.
Pronouns: he, him, his
Social media: Instagram: raypineda83, Twitter: @ray_pineda
Edgar (Eddy) Sandoval is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Washington Seattle. His interests include understanding the daily lives of undocumented migrants within an expansion of violent apparatuses throughout the U.S., stemming from his experiences growing up within a mixed-status household. He is excited to work with the LGSG to develop the area of Latinx geographies as well as collaborate with other working groups.
Social media: Instagram: @paletasandfresitas, Twitter: @thcclatinxschlr
Isa Urrutia is a Mexican-Canadian PhD student at Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. Their work focuses of community-based mental health resources, food, bodies, eating disorders, and identity. They are excited for the LGSG because it represents an opportunity to build a space of support, solidarity, and mentorship.
Pronouns are: they/them/ella
Social media: Twitter: @isahurrutia