All writing and photos by MMR © 2020





Department of Geography // Simon Fraser University

8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 CANADA



2017. University of Washington, Seattle. Ph.D. in Geography.
2011. University of Washington, Seattle. M.A. in Geography.

2006. University of California, Berkeley. B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Concentration: Political Economy of Latin America. 


2019 – Present. Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University.


2018 – 2019. Creative Cities Fellow, Stanford Arts Institute, Stanford University


2018. Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies, San Francisco State University. 



2018. Early Career Scholar Award. Race, Ethnicity & Place Conference, Austin, Texas


2017. Gerlach Dissertation Award. Department of Geography, University of Washington


2015 – 2016. Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow. National Academy of Sciences


2015. Institute for the Geographies of Justice Fellow. Antipode Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa


2013. Howard Martin Dissertation Research Grant. Department of Geography, University of Washington


2011. Distinguished Teaching Award. Department of Geography, University of Washington


2009. Bergen Summer Research School Fellow. University of Bergen, Norway – Theme: ‘Climate, Environment & Energy’


2008 – 2009. GO-MAP Diversity Fellow. University of Washington Graduate Opportunity & Minority Achievement Program





Ramírez, M.M. (2019) City as Borderland: Gentrification and the Policing of Black & Latinx Geographies in Oakland. Environment & Planning D, 38 (1), 147-166.


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




Ramírez, M.M. (2020) Take the houses back/Take the land back: Black and Indigenous urban futures in Oakland. Invited contribution for Urban Geography’s 40th Anniversary Special Issue on “The Future of Urban Geography”, in press. 


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.




Ramírez, M.M. (Forthcoming, 2020) Imagining Bay Area Futures. Epilogue to the edited volume, Counterpoints: Bay Area Data and Stories for Resisting Displacement. PM Press.  


Kilner, S. and Ramírez, M.M. (Forthcoming, 2020) Indigenous Geographies of Resistance. Chapter Introduction to the edited volume, Counterpoints: Bay Area Data and Stories for Resisting Displacement. PM Press.





Best, A. and Ramírez, M.M. Urban Specters. Invited contribution for a Special Issue “Dwelling in Liminalities: Propositions from the urban margins”, Edited by Michele Lancione and AbdouMaliq Simone, presented to Environment and Planning D, under review.


Ramírez, M.M., Cahuas, M. and Valencia, Y. Expanding the Border/lands: (Dis)junctures in Latinx geographies and the need to be in relation with Black and Indigenous geographies. Submitted to the Critical Ethnic Studies Journal, under review.  


Daigle, M. and Ramírez, M.M. Constellations of radical relationality: a method in pursuit of liberation. Book chapter in preparation for a collection edited by Victoria Lawson and Sarah Elwood, Abolishing Poverty: Towards Pluriverse Futures and Politics, proposed to UC Press’ “Poverty Interrupted” Series, under review.


Ramírez, M.M. and Daigle, M. ‘Space’, entry for Keywords for Gender and Sexuality Studies, Eds. Aren Aizura, Aimee Bahng, Amber Musser, Karma Chavez, Mishuana Goeman, Shona Jackson and Kyla Wazana Tompkins. Under contract with NYU Press, in preparation. 


Ramírez, M.M. Review forum response for Tiffany Lethabo King’s book The Black Shoals, Society & Space’s Online Review Forum, in preparation. 


Ramírez, M.M. Review forum response for Brandi Summers’ book Black in PlaceAntipode, in preparation.





Ramírez, M.M. (2019, December) Interviewed by Katharina Schmidt. “Who are we to say what the definition of a decolonial geography is, if it is dependent on the place from which I emerges?” Feministisches Geo-Rund Mail, Informationen rund um feministische Geographie, Nr.80, Dezember 2019.


Daigle, M. and Ramírez, M.M. (2019, January) Relationality as Constellation: A conversation on decolonization and collective liberation. Relational Poverty Network’s Podcast series. 


Hashimoto, Y., Ramírez, M.M., Valencia, Y., & Wideman, T. (2016, March) Collaborative Blog Post: The RPN at Urban Color-Lines: thinking through inequality, democracy and a politics of hope.


Ramírez, M.M. (2015, August) Interviewed by Soong, C.S. Race, Privilege and Food Justice. Against the Grain, KPFA. 


Ramirez, M.M. (Interviewer of Karma Chavez) (2014, April) Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities. Fembot Collective: Books Aren’t Dead Series [Audio Interview]. 




2020//May. Invited respondent for Sarah Hunt’s Dialogues in Human Geography plenary. Annual meetings of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Victoria, British Columbia. 

2020//April. Invited participant in an Author Meets Critics panel session for Tiffany Lethabo King’s book, The Black Shoals. Annual meetings of the American Association of Geographers, Denver, Colorado.

2020//April. Invited participant in an Author Meets Critics panel session for Brandi Summers’ book, Black in Place. Annual meetings of the American Association of Geographers, Denver, Colorado.

2020//April. Co-organizer (with Madelaine Cahuas, Michelle Daigle and Yolanda Valencia) and participant of a panel session, titled: ‘Getting Free: Bridging Black, Indigenous and Latinx Geographies’. Annual meetings of the American Association of Geographers, Denver, Colorado.

2019//November. Co-organizer (with Savannah Kilner, Katie Keliiaa, and Stephanie Lumsden) of a panel session, titled: ‘Indigenous Geographies of Resistance in the San Francisco Bay Area’. National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, California.


2019//November. Co-organizer (with Pavithra Vasudevan, Willie Jamaal Wright and Michelle Daigle) of a paper session, titled: ‘Earth/Body/Futures: Reframing Colonial and Racial Capitalist Geographies through Relational Genealogies’. American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii.

2019//May. Invited speaker for a symposium, entitled: 'Racial Capitalism and Imagining Worlds Otherwise'. Department of Geography, Dartmouth University. 

2019//April. Invited speaker for a panel: 'Long Live Our Mother: Indigeneity, Land History and Environmental Justice'. Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University. 

2019//April. Co-organizer (with Michelle Daigle and Michael Fabris) of a panel session, titled: ‘Decolonizing the Urban’. Annual meetings of the American Association of Geographers, Washington, DC.


2019//April. Co-organizer (with Madelaine Cahuas and Yolanda Valencia) of a panel session, titled: ‘Doing Latinx Geographies in the Borderlands: Luchas, Corazón y Compromiso’. Annual meetings of the American Association of Geographers, Washington, DC.


2019//April. Participant in a paper session, titled: ‘Racial Regimes of Property’, organized by Malini Ranganathan and Anne Bonds. Paper titled: ‘Urban specters: Black women’s geographies and the afterlives of property’. Co-presented with Asha Best. Annual meetings of the American Association of Geographers, Washington D.C.


2019//February. Invited Colloquium Speaker in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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