Eric Goldfischer

My dissertation project examines the geographic relationship of homelessness and visuality, with a particular focus on how visual encounters of homelessness play out in urban ecological spaces. How do ways of seeing homelessness produce racialized difference in urban space, and how do these visual narratives change when they take place amidst urban ecological renewal projects, such as the High Line Park? In examining these questions, I work closely with a group of homeless activists in New York City, where I practice a model of academic resourcefulness. Prior to entering academia, I worked as a housing organizer in the Bronx, where my interest in housing justice and its role in broader urban movements first took flight. I am a member of the Minnesota Praxis Lab (z.umn.ed/praxislab) alongside other geography-affiliated people doing scholar-activist work--find out more about my work and others there.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • BA: American Studies, Urban Studies, Macalester College.

Curriculum Vitae

  • 'Peek-A-Boo, We See You Too:' Homelessness and Visuality in New York City: Goldfischer, Eric, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 2018. Link
  • Spatial Technologies of Racialized Knowing: On Visuality, Measurement, and the Law.: Goldfischer, Eric, Robin Wright, Aaron Mallory, Kate Derickson, Edward Elgar, Handbook on the Geographies of Power, 64-80, 2018.
  • Seeing Homelessness in New York City: Goldfischer, Eric, Charmel Lucas, Maria Walles, Society and Space open site, 2018. Link
  • Book Review: The Value of Homelessness by Craig Willse: Goldfischer, Eric, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 40 (4) 890-892, 2016.
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP), University of Minnesota, 2018
  • Kenneth J Botto Research Fellowship, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, 2018
  • University of Minnesota Graduate School Thesis Research Travel Grant , 2018
  • Robert J Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) Dissertation Fellowship, 2018
  • Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, 2017
  • PAGE Graduate Fellowship, Imagining America, 2017 - 2018
  • Darrell Haug Davis Fellowship, UMN Geography Department, 2017