Margaret Marietta Ramírez

Assistant Professor


As an interdisciplinary urban scholar, I broadly study social movements, racial and cultural geographies, inequality, and urban space. My work explores the interstices between racial capitalism and settler colonialism in cities across the Americas, and how the creative geographies of marginalized peoples are policed, co-opted and resist in gentrifying cities.

I engage with urban studies, Black, Latinx & Indigenous geographies, performance & sound studies, and cultural theory to explore the ways that art and cultural practices create urban space. Ultimately, in my research, praxis, and collaborations, I seek spaces of rupture and possibility to envision the world and our relations otherwise.

Since 2015, I have been thinking in relation with Michelle Daigle at the AAG meetings and through our collaborative writing around themes of ‘decolonial geographies’. Asha Best and I have been in dialogue since 2015, thinking on themes of haunting and the urban. Since 2017, I have been collaborating with the Anti Eviction Mapping Project, and I am a co-editor of the 'Indigenous Geographies of Resistance' chapter of AEMP's edited volume Counterpoints: A Bay Area Atlas of Displacement & Resistance with Savannah Kilner. I am also a founding member of the Latinx Geographies Specialty Group, currently serving as Co-Chair with Guillermo Douglass-Jaimes.  

Before joining the faculty at SFU, served as a Creative Cities Fellow at Stanford University, and as a Lecturer in Urban Studies at San Francisco State University. I earned my PhD and MA in Geography at the University of Washington and my BA in Interdisciplinary Studies at UC Berkeley. My work has been published in AntipodeEnvironment & Planning D, Urban Geography, Political Geography, IJURR Spotlight On, and Planning Theory & Practice.

Research Interests:

  • Race and urban space
  • Black and Latinx geographies
  • Social justice movements
  • Cultural geographies
  • Decolonial and anti-colonial geographies
  • Feminist methodologies

Graduate Students:

Tsatia Adzich, PhD Student, (2020-present)
Joy Russell, MA Student, (2020-present)

Selected Publications:

Ramírez, M.M. (2022) Policing, racial capitalism & the ideological struggle over public safety. International Journal of Urban & Regional Research, Spotlight on Racial Capitalism:

Zaragocín, S., Ramírez, M.M., García, M., and Gonzalez Mendoza, Y. (2022) Bilingual Intervention: Latinx and Latin American Geographies: A Dialogue. Antipode Online:

Daigle, M. and Ramírez, M.M. (2021) Space. Keywords for Gender and Sexuality Studies, eds. Aren Aizura, Aimee Bahng, Amber Musser, Karma Chavez, Mishuana Goeman, Shona Jackson and Kyla Wazana Tompkins. New York: NYU Press, 217-221.

Counterpoints: Bay Area Data and Stories for Resisting Displacement. (2021)

Best, A. and Ramírez, M.M. (2021) Urban Specters. Environment and Planning D, 39 (6), 1043-1054.

Ramírez, M.M. (2020) Take the houses back/Take the land back: Black and Indigenous urban futures in Oakland. Urban Geography, 41(5), 682-693.

Ramírez, M.M. (2020) City as Borderland: Gentrification and the Policing of Black & Latinx Geographies in Oakland. Environment & Planning D, 38 (1), 147-166.

Daigle, M. and Ramírez, M.M. (2019) Decolonial Geographies. Keywords in Radical Geography: Antipode at 50, 78-84. DOI: 10.1111/anti.12455