Many of our faculty and graduate students’ research agendas are driven by a desire to work against injustice and disparity, and to tackle critical issues of local, national, and global significance. This includes a broad array of research furthering our knowledge of how power and difference are experienced, from mixed method and GIScience approaches to health disparity to critical theoretical understandings of gender, race, and injustice. Select and recent published highlights from this research appear below, with links to the researcher’s individual website.

This work includes theorizations of race and difference, as well as analysis of how gender, race, class, sexual orientation and other forms of difference operate in daily life.


On racial and ethnic difference in everyday life:

Berman-Arévalo, Eloisa (2015) Land occupations and counter-insurgency in the Colombian Caribbean: Will history repeat itself? Antipode

Smith, Sara, and Mabel Gergan (2015) The diaspora within: Himalayan youth, education-driven migration, and future aspirations in India. Environment and Planning D 33(1): 119-135.

Vasudevan, Pavithra, and William A. Kearney (2015) Remembering Kearneytown: Race, place and collective memory in collaborative filmmaking. Area. DOI: 10.1111/area.12238

Bledsoe, Adam (2015) The negation and reassertion of black geographies in Brazil. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 14(1): 324-343.

Lentz, Christian C. (2014). The king yields to the village? A micropolitics of statemaking in Northwest Vietnam. Political Geography 39: 1-10.

Martin, Nina (2014) Food fight!: Immigrant street vendors, gourmet food trucks, and the differential valuation of creative producers in Chicago. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 38(5): 1867-83.

Martin, Nina (2014) Spaces of hidden labor: Migrant women and work in nonprofit organizations. Gender, Place and Culture 21(1-2): 17-34.

Senier, Siobhan, Anthony Lioi, Mary Kate Ryan, Pavithra Vasudevan, Angel Nieves, Darren Ranco, and Courtney Marshall (2014) The resilience of race: A cultural sustainability manifesto” Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities 1(2) .

Wright, Willie (2013) The Black farmers’ struggle and its importance to the local food movement. Sustain: A Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Issues, 0, 49-54.

Larson, Stevie. (2013) Making exceptions: Rethinking success through the lives of the Siamese Twins. Amerasia Journal, 39(1), 60-74.

Grant, G. R., S. D. Wood & Willie J. Wright (2012) Black farmers united: The struggle against power and principalities. The Journal of Pan African Studies, 5, 3-22.

Martin, Nina. (2012) ‘There is abuse everywhere’: Migrant nonprofit organizations and the problem of precarious work. Urban Affairs Review 48(3): 389- 416.

Martin, Nina. (2011) Toward a new countermovement: A framework for interpreting the contradictory interventions of migrant civil society organizations in urban labor markets. Environment and Planning A 43(12): 2934-2952.

Cravey, Altha & Gabriela Valdivia (2011) Introduction to special issue on Carolina del Norte: Geographies of Latinization in the South. The Southeastern Geographer 51, 213-226.

Lentz, Christian C. (2011) Making the Northwest Vietnamese. Journal of Vietnamese Studies 6(2): 68-105.

Valdivia, Gabriela, Joseph Palis & Matthew Reilly (2011) Borders, Border-Crossing and Political Art in North Carolina. The Southeastern Geographer, 51, 287-306.


On health outcomes and difference:

Winston JJ; Meyer RE; Emch ME (2014) A geographic analysis of compositional and contextual risk factors for hypospadias births. Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology. 100(11): 887-894.

Han L; Bien C; Wei C; Muessig KE; Yang M; Liu F; Yang L; Meng R; Emch M; Tucker JD (2014) HIV self-testing among online MSM in China: Implications for expanding HIV testing among key populations. Journal of AIDS 67(2): 216–221.

Root, E.D.; Meyer, R.; and Emch, M (2011) Socioeconomic context and gastroschisis: Exploring associations at various geographic scales. Social Science & Medicine 72(4): 625-633.

Mason, S.M.; Kaufman, J.S.; Daniels, J.L.; Emch M.E.; Hogan, V.K.; and Savitz, D.A. (2011) Black preterm birth risk in non-black neighborhoods: Effects of Hispanic, Asian, and Non-Hispanic White ethnic densities.  Annals of Epidemiology 21(8): 631-638.

Mason, S.M.; Kaufman, J.S.; Daniels, J.L.; Emch M.E.; Hogan, V.K.; and Savitz, D.A. (2011) Neighborhood Ethnic Density and Preterm Birth Across Seven Ethnic Groups in New York City. Health & Place 17(1): 280-288.

Porter, K.; Thomas, J.; Emch, M. (2010) Variations in the effect of incarceration on community gonorrhoea rates, Guilford County, North Carolina, 2005–2006. International Journal of STD and AIDS 21: 34-38.

Mason, S.M.; Kaufman, J.S.; Daniels, J.L.; Emch M.E.; Hogan, V.K.; and Savitz, D.A. (2010) Ethnic density and preterm birth in African-, Caribbean-, and US-Born non-Hispanic Black populations in New York City. American Journal of Epidemiology 172(7): 800-808.


On indigeneity:

Bozigar, M., C. Gray, and R. Bilsborrow. (2016). Oil extraction and indigenous livelihoods in the northern Ecuadorian Amazon. World Development 78: 125–135.

Davis, J., R. Bilsborrow & C. Gray (2015) Delayed Fertility Transition Among Indigenous Women In the Ecuadorian Amazon. International perspectives on sexual and reproductive health, 41, 1.

Gray, C. L., M. Bozigar & R. E. Bilsborrow (2015) Declining use of wild resources by indigenous peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Biological Conservation, 182, 270-277.

Baird, T. D. & C. L. Gray (2014) Livelihood diversification and shifting social networks of exchange: A social network transition? World Development, 60, 14-30.

Gergan, Mabel. (2014) Precarity and possibility: On being young and indigenous in Sikkim, India. Himayala: the Journal for the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies 34: 10.

Reyes, A. & M. Kaufman (2011) Sovereignty, indigeneity, territory: Zapatista autonomy and the new practices of decolonization. South Atlantic Quarterly, 110, 505-525.

Berman Arevalo, Eloisa (2010) Engaging indigenous governance in partnerships for conservation: lessons from Selva de Mataven. In Participation For What: Social Change Or Social Control ed. A. A. C. Georgina M. Gómez, Pedro Goulart and Rose Namara 223-258. The Hague: ISS/HIVOS/OXFAM.


Public Engagement

In addition to academic publishing, our graduate students and faculty are also engaging with these issues in the public sphere:

Darius Scott and Elizabeth Olson were interviewed for the podcast ‘Backways: understanding segregation in the rural south’:

Willie Wright has recently given a talk on race and gentrification in Houston, Texas.

Adam Bledsoe has written on the student movement to rename our building: