latoya eaves

  • roots

    About Me

    LaToya is a native of Shelby, North Carolina. She earned her Ph.D. in Geography through the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University in Miami. Her small town, Southern upbringing, informs her research, which centralizes Black geographies and women of color feminisms in order to engage ideologies of race, place-based politics, and the discursive formation of the U.S. South and the Atlantic World. She is specifically interested in the interplay of these three ideas from the positionality of queer Black women. LaToya is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Studies and Human Geography and affiliated faculty with the Women's and Gender Studies Program and the Africana Studies major at Middle Tennessee State University.


    She is Founder and Chair of the Black Geographies Specialty Group with the American Association of Geographers (AAG). She has been active in both the AAG and the National Women's Studies Association for a number of years, having served in leadership positions in both organizations.  

  • routes

    research projects

    unbounded south


    Unbounded South is a mutliscalar examination of the sociopolitical formations of the American South narrated through queer Black women's geographies. The project uses queer Black women's experiences to critique hegemonic power structures that have historically operated paradoxically for sites of Blackness, including lawmaking bodies, social movements, education systems, and religious organizations.

    black geographies


    Black Geographies is a term used to center a Black sense of place and Black spatial knowledges in my approach to theory, research methods, and applications. I am currently working on an edited volume on Black Feminist Geographies.

  • black geographies


    An affiliate of the American Association of Geographers

    The BLACK GEOGRAPHIES SPECIALTY GROUP strives to create a global platform for: (a) promoting study of the social, political, cultural, economic, and ecological aspects of the race in/and geography; (b) encouraging critical reflection on the issues, processes, intrinsic qualities, and interconnections that shape Black lives and geographies on local, national, continental, and international scales; (c) exchanging research and teaching ideas among scholars of race in/and geography; and (d) building greater ties between geographers and the Black and Africana Studies community.

    a black sense of place

  • The Blog

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

    In January 2019, the American Association of Geographers announced the recipients of AAG Awards. After receiving a 2019 AAG Honors recognition, Eaves has also been selected for the 2019 Enhancing Diversity Award. 2019 Enhancing Diversity Award The AAG Enhancing Diversity Award honors those...
    Each year, the AAG invites nominations for AAG Honors to be conferred in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement or welfare of the profession. The AAG Honors Committee is charged with making award recommendations for each category, with no more than two awards given in any one...
    Originally published here: https://feministgeography.org/interview-with-latoya-eaves/ LaToya was born and raised in Shelby, North Carolina. LaToya’s small town and Southern upbringing informs her research, which focuses on Black resilience, survivability, and place-making as essential sites of...
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