The Authors


Alida Cantor

Dr. Alida Cantor is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Portland State University. She is broadly interested in political ecology, legal geography, and human-environment interactions. Her research focuses on understanding water resources management, and how water management can be more sustainable and just. Her work contributes to the areas of water governance and hydropolitics, legal political ecology, and environmental justice. Cantor’s research also informs policy and practice of water governance and resource management. Cantor is currently the chair of the Legal Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers.

Austin Kocher

Dr. Austin Kocher is the founding editor of the Law & Space (un)Journal. He is a Research Assistant Professor at Syracuse University that uses Freedom of Information Act requests to study the federal government. Kocher’s research interests focus on the political and legal geographies of racialized policing practices, local immigration enforcement, and the immigration court system. His ongoing work interrogates the legal rationalities and everyday practices of producing “illegalized” immigrants through the US immigration court system, and he uses cartographic, ethnographic, and quantitative methodologies to examine how the immigration courts link up with local immigration enforcement on the ground. His work also examines the strategies and impact of grassroots immigrant rights and worker rights movements that contest deportation as a tool of social and labor control.

Brittany Lauren Wheeler

Brittany is a human geographer completing her PhD at Clark University’s Graduate School of Geography. Her work of the last decade has primarily explored the moral-legal interfaces of human mobility, displacement, and return in order to better understand the dynamic between historical and contemporary practices of responsibility and repair. Her doctoral work focuses on the way that compensation is conceptualized and practiced between members of the oceanic global south and the United States and Britain. The work charts the geography of repair that flows from the disruption of Marshallese and Chagossians lives in the 20th century through to the practices of compensation that extend into or emerge in the 21st. Brittany’s other academic interests include climate-induced migration, ethics of death and dying, and museology.

Carly Griffith

Carly Griffith is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Geography, where she researches the legal and environmental history of water resources and mineral rights in the northern Great Plains. She is a board member of the Legal Geography sub-group and lectures in the Legal Studies program at UW-Madison.

Ettore Asoni

Ettore Asoni holds a PhD in Geography from San Diego State University and University of California, Santa Barbara. His dissertation examines US immigration law and immigration detention from a legal-geographic perspective. His current work draws from legal geography and carceral geography to analyze the territorial dynamics that underpin regimes of (im)mobility, and especially across systems of immigration control in the European region. He is originally from Sardinia, Italy.

Meagan Harden

Meagan Harden is a Ph.D. Candidate in Geography at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and a Student Affiliate at the East West Center in Honolulu. Her research explores American military imperialism in island spaces, focusing particularly on the reconfiguration of law and discourse in pursuit of territorial expansion. Meagan’s dissertation project traces the consolidation of the United States military in the former Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (comprised of what are today the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, the Marshall Islands, Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia), and islander responses within international institutions. Other research interests include volumetrics, gendered politics of territoriality, and Oceanian navigation practices.

Michael Dalton McCarville

Michael McCarville holds an MPA in International Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is interested in the nexus of International Development and Migration, specifically how governments and NGOs wield development assistance as a deterrent to migration and the human rights implications of doing so. His most recent publications, in partnership with Doctors Without Borders, include: Strength in Resilience: Assessing Critical Gaps in Care for Migrants and Asylum Seekers. Originally from Casa Grande, Arizona, he now lives in Washington, D.C.

Sarah Klosterkamp

Dr. Sarah Klosterkamp (she/her) is a feminist political and social geographer, currently employed at the University of Bonn, Germany. Her work investigates how the law proceeds and multiplies classed and racialized geographies of inequalities within and through state-driven institutions such as courts, asylum facilities, employment offices, and carceral spaces. Within her current project as a PostDoc, she spotlights eviction process and the housing crisis in Europe.

Shoukia van Beek

Shoukia van Beek (she/her) is a settler-scholar and graduate student at the University of Victoria, on W̱SÁNEĆ & Lək̓ʷəŋən territories. Shoukia was named after her late grandmother, a Frisian-Dutch immigrant, whose ferocity, compassion, and caring ways shaped Shoukia’s sense of self and community. Her lessons and love continue to inform Shoukia’s interests, worldview, and ultimately, her work. Shoukia’s research examines how borders, and their associated practices, function as a mechanism of settler-colonialism. Her work is rooted in, and takes place at the intersection of, literatures and theories of political ecology, border studies, and Indigenous sovereignty—actively centring an anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, and abolitionist legal-geographic analysis and epistemological commitment.