Collegiate Affiliation

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, alongside and beyond the non-profit sector, to struggle for social justice and create alternative urban geographies.

She received her Ph.D. in Geography in 2018 from the University of Toronto and has published in a range of journals, including Antipode, Gender, Place & Culture, and Environment and Planning D: Society & Space. Dr. Cahuas was co-founder and co-Chair (2020-22) of the Latinx Geographies Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers. She currently serves as an Editorial Collective Member of ACME: An International Journal of Critical Geographies. Dr. Cahuas is committed to fostering spaces of mutual support and mentorship for underrepresented scholars and promoting research that aligns with the political goals of structurally disadvantaged communities.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

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


  • Urban geography, cities and social justice
  • Women of color feminisms, intersectionality, race, gender, class
  • Race, settler colonialism, decolonial and anti-colonial theory
  • Citizenship, identity and belonging
  • Latinx geographies, Latinx Studies
  • Feminist methodologies, qualitative methods
  • Community-engaged research, scholar-activism, testimonio