Margaret Marietta Ramírez

Assistant Professor

As an interdisciplinary urban scholar, my work explores 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 understand how creative forms of resistance produce meaning in the space of the city. My research seeks the spaces of rupture and possibility that exist in cities, and explores the ways that art catalyzes social change.

Over the past five years I have been envisioning and conceptualizing 'decolonial geographies' with Dr. Michelle Daigle at the AAG meetings and through our collaborative writing. 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 the Secretary-Treasurer.

Before joining the faculty at SFU, served as a Creative Cities Fellow (2018-19) at Stanford University and as a Lecturer in Urban Studies (2018) at San Francisco State University. I earned my PhD (2017) and MA (2011) in Geography at the University of Washington and my BA (2006) in Interdisciplinary Studies at UC Berkeley.

Research Interests:

  • Race and urban space
  • Black and Latinx geographies
  • Social and environmental justice movements
  • Art-activism and creative geographies
  • Decolonial geographies
  • Serpentine feminist methodologies

Selected Publications:

Ramírez, M.M. (2019) City as Borderland: Gentrification and the Policing of Black & Latinx Geographies in Oakland. Environment & Planning D, Online first:

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

Ramírez, M.M. (2019)Propertied liberalism in a borderland city’, in Porter, L., Sanyal, R., Bergby, S., Yotebieng, K., Lebuhn, H.,

Ramírez, M.M., Figueirdo Neto, P., and Tulumello, S. Borders and Refuge: Citizenship, Mobility and Planning in a Volatile World. Journal of Planning Theory & Practice, 20 (1), 99-128.

Ramírez, M.M. (2018) ‘Reckoning with decolonial praxis’, in Naylor, L., Daigle, M., Zaragocín, S., Ramírez, M. M., and Gilmartin, M. Intervention: Bringing the decolonial to political geography. Political Geography, 66, 199-209.

Ramirez, M.M. (2015) The elusive inclusive: Black food geographies and racialized food spaces. Antipode, 47 (3), 748-769.


Future courses may be subject to change.