Lise Nelson

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Lise Nelson

Lise Nelson

Associate Professor of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Geography


  1. PhD, Geography with Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Washington, 2000
  2. MA, Geography, University of Washington, 1996
  3. BA, International Studies with Environmental Studies and Spanish minors, University of Oregon, 1990


Lise Nelson’s research examines labor, identity, and citizenship in the context of neoliberal globalization. Of particular interest is how globalization impacts, and is contested by, less powerful groups whose experiences and opportunities are shaped by gender, race, class, and/or illegality (real or perceived legal status). Her Mexico-based work explored neoliberal restructuring and struggles over gender, indigeneity, and political authority in Michoacán. More recent U.S.-oriented research examines rural gentrification, immigrant labor regimes, and geographies of social reproduction. She is committed to fine-grained, historically situated qualitative analysis that strategically links processes of everyday life and ‘local’ change with global transformations and power dynamics.

Select Publications:

Nelson, Lise and Joni Seager, Eds. (2005) A Companion to Feminist Geography. London: Blackwell.

Nelson, Lise, Laurie Trautman, and Peter Nelson. (in press) Latino immigrants and rural gentrification: Race, “illegality,” and precarious labor regimes in U.S. rural amenity destinations. Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

Nelson, Peter B., Lise Nelson and Laurie Trautman. (2014) Linked migration and labor market flexibility in rural amenity destination in the United States. Journal of Rural Studies 36: 121-136.

Nelson, Lise. (2013) Engaging Butler—subjects, cernment and ongoing limits of performativity. Invited contribution to: Performativity, Politics, and the Production of Social Space, edited by Michael R. Glass and Reuben S. Rose-Redwood. London: Routledge.

Kaufman, Emily* and Lise Nelson. (2011) Malthus, gender and the demarcation of ‘dangerous’ bodies in 1996

U.S. welfare reform. Gender, Place, and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2011.625081.             *student author

Nelson, Lise and Peter Nelson. (2011) The global rural: Gentrification and linked migration in the rural USA. Progress in Human Geography, 35 (4): 441-459. DOI: 10.1177/0309132510380487

Nelson, Peter B., Alexander Oberg,* and Lise Nelson. (2010) Rural Gentrification and Linked Migration in the United States. Journal of Rural Studies, 26: 343-352. DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2010.06.003

Nelson, Lise. (2010) Geographical Perspectives on Development Studies. In R. Denemark et al. eds., International Studies Compendium Project. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 2846-2865. (peer reviewed)

Nelson, Peter, Ahn Wei Lee,* and Lise Nelson. (2009) Linking baby boomer migration and Hispanic migration into rural America: A multi-scaled approach. Population, Space and Place, 15: 277-293.

Nelson, Lise and Nancy Hiemstra.* (2008) Latino immigrants and the renegotiation of place and belonging in small town America. Social & Cultural Geography, 9(3): 319-342.

Nelson, Lise. (2008) Racialized landscapes in an era of globalization: Whiteness and the struggle over farmworker housing in Woodburn, OR. Cultural Geographies, 15(1): 41-62.

Nelson, Lise. (2007) Farmworker housing and spaces of belonging in Woodburn, Oregon. The Geographical Review, 97 (4): 520-541.

Nelson, Lise. (2006) Geographies of state power, protest, and women’s political identity formation in Michoacán, Mexico. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 96 (2): 365-88.

Nelson, Lise. (2006) Artesanía, mobility and the crafting of indigenous identities among Purhépechan women in Mexico. Journal of Latin American Geography, 5 (1): 55-71.

Nelson, Lise. (2004) Topographies of citizenship: Purhépechan Mexican women claiming political subjectivities. Gender, Place and Culture, 11 (2): 163-87.

Nelson, Lise. (2003) De-centering the movement: Collective action, place and the ‘sedimentation’ of radical political discourses. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 21: 559-81.

Nelson, Lise. (1999) Bodies (and spaces) do matter: The limits of performativity. Gender, Place and Culture, 6(4): 331-54.

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