Kate D Derickson

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Kate's work engages political economy, critical race theory and feminist epistemology to explore the politics of knowledge production and the relationship between scholarly knowledge and emancipatory social change. She has published widely on the practice of engaged scholarship, race and neoliberalism, and urban theory informed in large part by her ongoing collaborations with communities of color in the American South and working class communities in the UK. Her work has appeared in a range of journals, including Society & Space, The Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Progress in Human Geography, and Urban Studies. She is an editor at Society and Space, and the Radical Geography series at Pluto Press. Kate is part of the inaugural cohort of Associates at the U of MN's Institute on the Environment and a 2015 - 2017 McKnight Land-Grant Professor.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: Geography and Women's Studies, Penn State, 2011.
  • MA: Community Development and Planning, Clark University, 2005.
  • BA: Social Thought and Political Economy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1999.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught
  • Our Globalizing World
  • #Ferguson
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Editor: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
  • Editor: Radical Geography Book Series, Pluto Press
  • International Corresponding Editor: Urban Studies
  • Editorial Board: Annals of the American Association of Geographers
  • International Editorial Board: Antipode
  • Editorial Board: The Southeastern Geographer
  • Wright, R, Goldfischer, E, Mallory, A and Derickson KD (forthcoming). The spatial technologies of racialized knowling: on visuality, measurement and the law. Geographies of Power, Coleman, M and Agnew J eds.,
  • Routledge, P, Cumbers A and Derickson, KD (forthcoming). States of just transition: realising climate justice through and against the state. Geoforum,
  • Derickson, Kate Driscoll (forthcoming). Masters of the Universe. Environment and Planning D: Society & Space,
  • Derickson, Kate Driscoll (2017 ). Urban Geography III: Anthropocene Urbanism. Progress in Human Geography, Link
  • M Werner, K Strauss, B Parker, R Orzeck, K Derickson and A Bonds (2016). Feminist political economy in geography: why now, what is different, and what for?. Geoforum, Link
  • Derickson, Kate Driscoll (2016). Taking account of the "part of those that have no part". Urban Studies, Link
  • Derickson, Kate Driscoll (2016). The racial state and resistance in Ferguson and beyond. Urban Studies, Link
  • Derickson, Kate Driscoll (2016). Urban Geography II: Urban Geography in the Age of Ferguson. Progress in Human Geography, Link
  • Derickson, Kate Driscoll (2016). The assassination of Clementa Pinckney. The Southeastern Geographer, Link
  • Derickson, Kate Driscoll (2016). Resilience is not enough. CITY, Link
  • Derickson, Kate Driscoll (2015). On the politics of recognition in critical urban scholarship . Urban Geography, Link
  • Paul Routledge and Kate Derickson (2015). Situated solidarities and the practice of scholar-activism. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 33, 391 - 407. Link
  • Derickson, Kate Driscoll, Danny MacKinnon (2015). Toward an interim politics of resourcefulness for the Anthropocene. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 105:2, 304 - 312 . Link
  • Kate Derickson and Paul Routledge (2015). Resourcing scholar-activism: collaboration, transformation, and the production of knowledge. The Professional Geographer, 67:1, 1 - 7. Link
  • Derickson, Kate Driscoll, Gehan MacLeod and Verene Nicolas (2015). Knowing about crisis. Space and Polity, 19:1, 91 - 96. Link
  • Derickson, Kate Driscoll (2015). Urban Geography I: Locating urban theory in the "urban age". Progress in Human Geography, 39(5), 647 - 657. Link
  • Derickson, Kate Driscoll (2014). The racial politics of neoliberal regulation in post-Katrina Mississippi. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 104, 889-902. Link
  • Danny MacKinnon and Kate Derickson (2013). From Resilience to Resourcefulness: a critique of resilience policy and activism. Progress in Human Geography, 37, 251-268. Link
  • Derickson, Kate Driscoll (2013). "Capacitating" the otherwise and the epistemology of critical theory. Dialogues in Human Geography, 3, 226-239.
  • Katherine Hankins, Robert Cochrane, and Kate Derickson (2012). Making space, making race: reconstituting white privilege in Buckhead, Atlanta. Social and Cultural Geography, 13, 379-397.
  • Derickson, Kate Driscoll (2009). Gendered, material and partial knowledges: A feminist critique of neighborhood-level indicator systems. Environment and Planning A, 41, 896-910.
  • Derickson, Kate Driscoll (2009). Toward a non-totalizing critique of capitalism. The Geographical Bulletin, 50, 3 - 15. Link
  • McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, University of Minnesota, 2015 - 2017