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 Geography at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
She is Founder and past 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.
A link to her CV is available in the navigation menu on the left.
In Press. Eaves, L.E. “Interview with LaToya Eaves.” Feminist Geographies Unbound: Discomfort, Bodies, and Prefigured Futures. Gökarıksel, B., Hawkins, M., Neubert, C., and Smith, S.H. editors. West Virginia University Press
2020. Eaves, L.E. and Falconer Al-Hindi. Intersectional Geographies and COVID-19. Dialogues in Human Geography. http://doi/10.1177/2043820620935247
2020. Eaves, L.E., “Power and the Paywall: A Black Feminist Reflection on the Socio-Spatial Formations of Publishing.” Geoforum. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2020.04.002
2020. Bledsoe, A., Eaves, L.E., Wright, W.J. “Black Geographies” International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, edited by A. Kobayashi. Elsevier.https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aWoUgPy2Wb18TicCk-ycyzt44XXJnqfq/view?usp=sharing
2020. Eaves, L.E., “Interanimating Black Sexualities and the Geography Classroom.” Journal of Geography in Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2020.1753029
2020. Eaves, L.E., “Fear of (An)other Geography.” Dialogues in Human Geography. https://doi.org/10.1177/2043820619898901
2019. Alderman, D., Perez, R.N., Eaves, L.E., Klein, P, and Muñoz, S. “Reflections on Operationalizing an Anti-Racism Pedagogy: Teaching as Regional Storytelling.” Journal of Geography in Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2019.1661367
2019. Eaves, L.E. “The imperative of struggle: feminist and gender geographies in the United States,” Gender, Place & Culture, 26:7-9. https://doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2018.1552564.
2018. Eaves, L.E. (with Bledsoe, A. Williams, B., and Wright, W.). “Enacting Black Geographies.” Southeastern Geographer (virtual special issue). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/688589
2017. Bledsoe, A. Eaves, L.E. and Williams, B. 2017. “Black Geographies in and of the United States South” in Southeastern Geographer. 57(1): 6-11. 10.1353/sgo.2017.0002
2017. Eaves, L. “Black Geographic Possibilities: On a Queer Black South”. in Southeastern Geographer. 57(1): 80-95. doi:10.1353/sgo.2017.0007
2016. Eaves, L.E. “We wear the mask”. Southeastern Geographer, 56(1): 22-28.
2016. Eaves, L.E. “Spatialties of racialization in Asheville: Examining the lives of black lesbian women”. In Queering the Countryside: New Directions in Rural Queer Studies, edited by Mary L. Gray, Colin R. Thompson, and Brian Gilley. New York: NYU Press.
2013. Eaves, L.E. “Space, place, and identity in conversation: Queer black women living in the rural U.S. South.” In Sexuality/Rurality/Geography, edited by Andrew Gorman-Murray, Barbara Pini, and Lia Bryant. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
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.
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