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Katharyne Mitchell, Ph.D


My research falls into several broad categories, including transnational migration, education, critical race theory, philanthropy, and urban political geography. I am interested in the philosophies and practices related to immigrant integration and questions of citizenship. I am also interested in social and racial conflicts in the context of gentrification and rapid urban change. My current work focuses on the geographies of philanthropy, social impact investment, and celebrity humanitarianism. Scroll down for more!

Guest Edited Journals

Cultural Geographies
Global Networks

  • Mitchell, K. 1997. Guest editor of a special issue of Antipode, “Crossing Borders: Geographies of Transnationality,” 29, 2.

  • Mitchell, K., Marston, S., and Katz, C. 2003. Guest editors of a special issue of Antipode, “Geographies of Social Reproduction,” 35, 3.

  • Elwood, S. and Mitchell, K. 2015. Guest editors of a special issue of Cultural Geographies, “Technology, Memory, and Collective Knowing,” 22, 1.

  • Kallio, K. and Mitchell, K. 2016. Guest editors of a special issue of Global Networks, “Transnational Lived Citizenship.” In process.

Recent Articles & Book Chapters

  • Mitchell, K. and Sparke, M. (2016). The New Washington Consensus: Millennial Philanthropy and the Making of Global Market Subjects. Antipode, forthcoming.
  • Kallio, K. and Mitchell, K. (2016). Transnational Lived Citizenship. Global Networks, forthcoming.
  • Mitchell, K. (2016). Celebrity Humanitarianism, Transnational Emotion, and the Rise of Neoliberal Citizenship. Global Networks, forthcoming.
  • Elwood, S. and Mitchell, K. (2015). Introduction: Technology, Memory, and Collective Knowing. Cultural Geographies 22, 1, 147-154
  • Mitchell, K. and Lizotte, C. (2014). The Grassroots and the Gift: Moral Authority, American Philanthropy, and Activism in Education. Foucault Studies 18, September, 66-89.
  • Mitchell, K. and Elwood, S. (2013). Intergenerational Mapping and the Cultural Politics of Memory. Space and Polity 17, 2, 33-52.
  • Elwood, S. and Mitchell, K. (2013). Another Politics is Possible: Neogeographies, Visual Spatial Tactics and Political Formation. Cartographica 48, 4, 275-292.
  • Mitchell, K. and Elwood, S. (2012). Mapping Children’s Politics: The Promise of Articulation and the Limits of Nonrepresentational Theory. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 30, 5, 788-804.
  • Mitchell, K. and Elwood, S. (2012). Engaging Students through Mapping Local History. Journal of Geography 111, 4, 148-157.
  • Mitchell, K. and Elwood, S. (2012). From Redlining to Benevolent Societies: The Political Power of Spatial Thinking. Theory and Research in Social Education 40, 134-163.
  • Elwood, S. and Mitchell, K. (2012). Mapping Children’s Politics: Spatial Stories, Dialogic Relations, and Political Formation. Geografiska Annaler, Series B 94, 1, 1-15.
  • Mitchell, K. (2011). Bodies that Matter: A Response to Stuart Elden’s Terror and Territory. Dialogues in Human Geography 1, 2, 247-259.
  • Mitchell, K. (2011). Zero Tolerance, Imperialism, Dispossession, Acme, 10, 2, 293-312.
  • Mitchell, K. (2011). Marseille’s Not for Burning, Annals of the Association of American Geographers 101, 2, 404-423.
  • Mitchell, K. (2010). Ungoverned Space: Global Security and the Geopolitics of Broken Windows, Political Geography 29, 5, 289-297.
  • Mitchell, K. (2009). Pre-Black Futures, Antipode 41, S1, 239-261.
  • Mitchell, K. and Beckett, K. (2008). Securing the Global City: Crime, Consulting, Ratings and Risk, Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 15, 1, 75-99.
  • Mitchell, K. and Parker, W. (2008). I Pledge Allegiance to… Flexible Citizenship and Shifting Scales of Belonging, Teacher’s College Record 110, 4, 775-804.
  • Mitchell, K. (2007). Geographies of Identity: The Intimate Cosmopolitan, Progress in Human Geography 31, 5, 706-720.
  • Mitchell, K. (2006). Liberating the City: Between New York and New Orleans, Urban Geography 27, 8, 722-728.
  • Mitchell, K. (2006). Neoliberal Governmentality in the European Union: Education, Training and Technologies of Citizenship, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 24, 3: 389-407.
  • Mitchell, K. (2006). What’s Left in Geography? Antipode 38, 2, 205-212.
  • Mitchell, K. (2006). Geographies of Identity: The New Exceptionalism, Progress in Human Geography 30, 1, 95-106.

  • Mitchell, K. (2016). Neoliberalism and Citizenship. In S. Springer, ed., Handbook of Neoliberalism, forthcoming.
  • Mitchell, K. (2016). Changing the Subject: Education and the Constitution of Youth in the Neoliberal Era. In S. Aitken, and T. Skelton, eds., Theories and Concepts: Youth and Young People, Vol 1 of Skelton, T. ed. Geographies of Children and Young People. Dordrecht: Springer, forthcoming.
  • Mitchell, K. and Lizotte, C. (2015). Governing through Failure: Philanthropy, Neoliberalism, and Education Reform in Seattle. In M. Brady and R. Lippert, eds., Neoliberal Governmentalities and the Ethnographic Imaginary. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming.
  • Mitchell, K. and Elwood, S. (2015). Countermapping for Social Justice. In K. Kallio, and S. Mills, eds., Politics, Citizenship and Rights, Vol. 7 of Skelton, T. ed. Geographies of Children and Young People. Dordrecht: Springer. Doi: 10.1007/978-981-4585-94-1_19-1.
  • Mitchell, K. (2015). It’s TIME: The Cultural Politics of Memory in the Current Moment of Danger, in H. Merrill and L. Hoffman (eds.), Spaces of Danger: Culture and Power in the Everyday, University of Georgia Press, in press.
  • Katz, C., Marston, S., and Mitchell, K. (2015). Demanding Life’s Work. In K. Strauss and K. Meehan (eds.), Precarious Worlds: Contested Geographies of Social Reproduction, University of Georgia Press, 174-188.
  • Mitchell, K. (2014). Difference. In, Lee, R., Castree, N., Kitchin, R., Lawson, V., Paasi, A., Philo, C., Radcliffe, S., Roberts, S.M. and Withers, C. (eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Progress in Human Geography. SAGE, 69-93.
  • Mitchell, K. (2011). Cultural geographies, in M. Brown and R. Morrill (eds.), Seattle: Geographies of Here and Beyond, University of Washington Press, with geography honors students, 165-182.
  • Mitchell, K. (2010). Pre-black futures, in N. Castree, P. Chatterton, N. Heynen, W. Larner, and M. Wright (eds.), The Point is To Change It: Geographies of Hope and Survival in an Age of Crisis. Oxford: Blackwell, 239-261.
  • Mitchell, K. (2008). Becoming political, in K. Mitchell (ed.), Practicing Public Scholarship: Experiences and Possibilities Beyond the Academy. Oxford: Blackwell, 1-8.
  • Mitchell, K. (2008). Preface, in C. Jeffrey and J. Dyson (eds.), Telling Youth Stories. Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 1-3.
  • Mitchell, K. (2008). Citizenship, Communism, Local-Global, Localization, Pacific Rim, Transnationalism, in R. Johnson et al (eds.), The Dictionary of Human Geography. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Marston, S., and Mitchell, K., (2005). Citizens and the state: Contextualizing citizenship formation in space and time, in M. Low and C. Barnett (eds.), Spaces of Democracy. Sage Publications, 124-144.
  • Mitchell, K., (2005). Hybridity, in D. Atkinson, P. Jackson and D. Sibley (eds.), Cultural Geography: A Critical Dictionary. London: I.B. Tauris, 188-194.
  • Mitchell, K. (2004). Transnationalism in the margins: Hegemony and the shadow state, in P. Jackson (ed.), Transnational Spaces. New York: Routledge, 122-146.
  • Mitchell, K., Marston, S., and Katz, C. (2004). Introduction: Life’s work, in Mitchell, K., Marston, S., and Katz, C. (eds.), Life’s Work: Geographies of Social Reproduction, London: Blackwell, 1-26.
  • Mitchell, K. (2004). The tradition of the end: Global capitalism and the contemporary spaces of apocalpyse, in N. AlSayyad (ed.), The End of Tradition? New York: Routledge, 45-62.


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