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Papers and Invited Lectures

“Policing Blackness and Practicing Freedom,” Invited Keynote Panelist, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, November, 18, 2020 (Cancelled)


“Pornotopologies: the Racial Economies of St. Louis County, Missouri,” Paper accepted to Racial Economy, ‘Decline Redevelopment,’ and Rust Belt Cities, Association of American Geographers Conference, Denver, CO, April 8, 2020 (cancelled COVID-19)


A Localized Politics of Rights and Dignity: the use of neoliberal rhetoric in municipal law and spatial practice," Annual Meeting on Law and Society, Washington, DC, May 30, 2019 


"Undisciplining Research: Opportunities and Limitations for a Design-Thinking Approach," paper presentation in special track (Design for Turbulent Times), Society for Applied Anthropology Conference, Portland, OR, March 23, 2019. Selected for podcast. See Session #19:

“Transformative Research: Addressing Wicked Problems Through Design-Thinking and Hybrid Methodologies,” invited lecture, University of Santa Barbara, November 28, 2017     


“Policing for Profit in Pagedale,” invited presentation and discussant, Panel on Economic Inequality and Social Justice, Woodstock Institute, Chicago, IL, September 6, 2017


“The Racial State of Municipal Governance,” invited paper, Legal Geographies Symposium, UC Davis, December 4, 2015


“Policing Bodies and Space for Profit,” invited lecture, Race and Justice Speaker Series, Stanford University School of Law, February 23, 2015


“What is a Community Ally? Lessons from Ferguson,” invited lecture, Community Development Speaker Series, UC Davis, December 3, 2015

"Interdisciplinary Research and Engagement in Higher Education," key-note speaker, FaCET Symposium on Publicly Engaged Research, Scholarship and Teaching, University of Missouri--Kansas City, January 28, 2014 


“Imagining Suburbia: Race, Identity, and the Power of Spatial Imaginaries,” paper presentation, Urban Historians Association Annual Conference, New York, October 29, 2012


“Healthy Page, Health Impact Assessment,” presentation and poster session, Active Living Research Conference, San Diego, CA, February 19, 2011


“Environment and Health: Building Diverse Partnerships to Promote Healthy Communities,” invited lecture, MO Foundation for Health Symposium, Columbia, Missouri, March 12, 2011


“Touching the Other: Intersubjectivity—Bodies, Space, and Time,” paper presentation, Association of American Geographers Conference, Wash, D.C. April 17, 2010


“Ethical Intersections: Three Examples of Community-Based Teaching and Research,” panel organizer, discussant, and paper presentation, EDRA Conference: The Ethical Design of Places, Kansas City, May 15, 2009


“Transforming Place,” paper presentation, WREN Conference-Exploring the Intersections between Meanings and Environments, Ohio Northern University, April 18, 2009


“Who is Served and What is Learning?” key-note speaker, Faces of Hope Service Learning Symposium, Washington University, March 24, 2009


“Fingerprints on the Act of Making,” panel discussant and presenter, ACSA Annual Meeting: The Value of Design, Portland, March 28, 2009


“What is Radical Openness?” paper presentation, Gulf-South Summit: Civic Engagement at the Crossroads, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, March 25, 2009


“Engaged Teaching/Engaged Communities,” paper presentation, Design 09 Conference, Berlin, February 16, 2009

“Places of Meeting; Spaces of Transformation,” panel discussant and presenter, Imagining America Conference, USC, Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 1, 2008.


“Transforming Pedagogies,” paper presentation, Beyond the Academy Conference, George Mason University, Arlington, VA, June 10, 2008


“Reconsidering the Margin: Relationships of Difference and the Pedagogy of Transformative Education,” paper presentation, Erasing Boundaries-Supporting Communities Symposium, CUNY, New York, March 8, 2008.


“Knowing and Sensing: The Description of Place,” paper presentation, ACSA Territorial Practices Conference, October 24, 2005

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