Artist / Research in Residence

Beginning January 2010 I am an Artist/ Researcher in Residence with CIESAS Noreste, Monterrey Mexico.

The 2020 / 21 pandemic has paused my field work and displaced me. Presently I am teaching online through cultural spaces including Laboratorio Indisciplinario, writing and presenting my researched based practice at conferences including American Association of Geographers. I will resume field work in Monterrey Mexico fall of 2021.

Research abstract:

Placing the urban environments of select South and North American cities at the center of my research, I examine how urban mobility intersects with gender and environmental justice. As a queer artist, activist, and educator I examine urban mobility discourses to discuss how transportation maintains environmental and mobility injustices. And, through my project Cita en Bici / Bike Date, I interrogate how these injustices exclude queer and feminist perspectives and their bodies as part of this ongoing unjust system that I refer to as intersectional, in regard to gender, racism, socio-economic status, and age. I conclude environmental justice can only be achieved with mobility justice and that to achieve mobility justice we need to queer the city. To queer a city is when transparency mechanisms, gender and BIPOC perspectives and embodied experiences are the norm, and when aspiration includes achieving a post carbon, fully sustainable and economically equitable city.

Keywords: urban mobility, transit deserts, intersectional environmentalism, queering the city