Department of Geography
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|Research Interests:||My research considers the dynamics of difference at play within networks of social justice activists. As a feminist political geographer, I am very interested in the micropolitics that determine how different bodies participate in spaces of grassroots political activism. Activists often come together because they are motivated by similar aims and intentions. However, despite these common goals, much conflict exists in activist spaces. Quite often this conflict is rooted in the very different positions occupied by activists due to the socialized privileges (or lack thereof) embodied by the individuals involved. My work is rooted in questions of conflict and collaboration within small-scale grassroots political movements because these are the issues that often determine the success or failure of activist ventures toward sociopolitical change.
My dissertation work was based in Tucson, Arizona and spanned a period of over two years, from 2013-2015, though my relationships with people there are ongoing and I look forward to deepening my work with Arizona activists in the future. The political intensity of the Arizona borderlands draws activists from all over the US as well as internationally to connect with social justice work in support of migrants, in opposition to the ever intensifying militarization of the border, or in solidarity with indigenous people whose lands have been overrun by Border Patrol surveillance and harassment. My work with Arizona activists examines moments of conflict and collaboration within social justice work, and the ways these moments are shaped by the different positionalities of people involved relative to the work. Through doing do, I hope to contribute some understanding of the micropolitical complexities at play within grassroots political movements in Arizona and beyond.
I am a dedicated life-long educator with experience ranging from teaching elementary and middle school aged children as well as university students. I have worked as a Montessori educator, as well as in public elementary schools and universities. As such, my pedagogy is rooted in considerations of the learning process as it occurs for people at all stages of human development. I have published on the challenges of integrating critical pedagogical approaches at institutions with large class sizes and where demands on one’s time make it difficult to provide a meaningful educational experience. I continue to be invested in these questions and more recently have been working with collaborators from universities in the US and Canada on the ways we can meaningfully integrate critical and feminist pedagogies into our teaching.
Lastly, in addition to my work with social justice activism and pedagogy, I am also very interested in questions of privilege and marginalization at play within the academic discipline of geography. Particularly for geographies that are ostensibly rooted in a ‘critical’ or ‘radical’ approach— my collaborators and I question the ways that this work often reifies the hegemony of idealized white, cis-male, able-bodied authorities in the discipline.
Find my publications on my Academia.edu page.
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|Recent Publications:||Mott C (2016) The Activist Polis: Topologies of conflict in indigenous solidarity activism, Antipode 48(1): 193-211.
Mott C (2016) Feminist Geography, Oxford Bibliographies. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/.
The University of Kentucky Critical Pedagogy Working Group, Mott C, Zupan S, R.L., and Debbane´A (2015) Making Space for Critical Pedagogy in the Neoliberal University: struggles and possibilities”, ACME 14(4): 1260-1282.
Mott C (2015) Re-living Tucson: geographic fieldwork as an activist-academic. Arizona Anthropologist 24(1): 33-41.
Mott C (2014) Review: Quiet Rumors: An Anarcha-Feminist Reader, by the Dark Star Collective. Human Geography 7(3): 119-121.
Mott C and Roberts S (2014) Not Everyone Has (the) Balls: Urban exploration and the persistence of masculinist geography, Antipode 46(1): 229-245.
Mott C and Roberts S (2013) Difference Really Does Matter: A Response to Garrett and Hawkins, www.antipodefoundation.org. doi: http://radicalantipode.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/mott-and-roberts-reply.pdf.
Mott C (forthcoming) Geographies of Whiteness, Oxford Bibliographies. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/.
Human Geography: Space, Place & Location; Maps & Map Readings