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.

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.

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.