Department of Geography // Simon Fraser University

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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.


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. 



2020. SSHRC Small Research Grant, Simon Fraser 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. Urban Geography, 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.




Ramírez, M.M. (2020) Imagining Bay Area Futures. Epilogue to the edited volume, Counterpoints: A San Francisco Bay Area Atlas of Displacement and Resistance. PM Press.  


Kilner, S. and Ramírez, M.M. (2020) Indigenous Geographies of Resistance. Chapter Introduction to the edited volume, Counterpoints: A San Francisco Bay Area Atlas of Displacement and Resistance. 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, accepted, under revision. 


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, under review. 


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


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]. 

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