Madelaine C Cahuas

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Dr. Madelaine Cahuas is a critical human geographer and Latina feminist urban scholar. Her work examines how racialized migrant communities experience, negotiate, contest and transform the cities in which they live. She particularly focuses on how Black, Brown and Indigenous Latinx women, queer and non-binary people collectively organize at the grassroots level, within and alongside the non-profit sector, to struggle for social justice and create alternative urban geographies. Dr. Cahuas has published in a range of journals, including Antipode, Geoforum, Journal of Geography in Higher Education and Social Science & Medicine. Her most recent and ongoing writing projects interrogate complicity in settler colonialism, anti-Blackness and anti-Indigeneity across Latinx political organizing and theorizing while also exploring the decolonizing possibilities Latinx activists and artists create in and through urban space. Dr. Cahuas earned her Ph.D. in Geography in 2018 from the University of Toronto and was awarded the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship from 2014-17. As co-founder and current Program Director for the Latinx Geographies AAG Specialty Group, she is committed to bridging conversations across Latinx Studies and human geography and aligning academic research with the political goals of structurally disadvantaged communities.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Geography, University of Toronto, 2018.


  • Urban life, politics and geographies
  • Latinx geographies
  • Gender, feminist theory and movement
  • Race, critical race theory, anti-colonialism
  • Citizenship, identity and belonging
  • Qualitative methods, testimonio, community-engaged scholarship
Courses Taught
  • GEOG 3371W: Cities, Citizens and Communities
  • GEOG 8980: Race, Gender and the City
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Program Director: Latinx Geographies Specialty Group , 2018 - present
  • Co-Founder: Latinx Geographies Specialty Group , 2018 - present
  • Cahuas, M.C. (2019). Interrogating absences in Latinx theory and placing Blackness in Latinx geographical thought: A critical reflection. Society & Space,
  • Cahuas, M.C. (2018). Burned, broke and brilliant: Exploring Latinx community workers’ experiences across the Greater Toronto Area’s Non-Profit Sector. Antipode, DOI: 10.1111/anti.12411
  • Cahuas, M.C. & Levkoe, C. Z. (2017). Towards a critical service learning in geography education: Exploring challenges and possibilities through testimonio. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2017.1293626
  • Cahuas, M.C., Malik, M., & Wakefield, S. (2016). When is Helping Hurting? Understanding and Challenging the (Re)Production of Dominance in Narratives of Health, Place, and Difference in Hamilton, Ontario. In Giesbrecht, M.D. & Crooks, V.A. (Eds.) Place, Health, and Diversity: Learning from the Canadian Experience (Chapter 8). London: Routledge.
  • Cahuas, M.C., Wakefield, S., & Peng, Y. (2014). Social change or business as usual at city hall? Examining an urban municipal government's response to neighbourhood-level health inequities, Social Science & Medicine, DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.09.022