Isaac Rivera
Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow • Latinx & Indigenous Geographies • Critical Cartographies • Digital & Visual Politics • Social Movements • The Geohumanities • Environmental Justice • PhD University of Washington, 2023
Human Geography

Research Interests 

My research program is collaborative, community oriented, and interdisciplinary. My research spans several intersecting fields in human geography, including digital geographies, Latinx & Indigenous geographies, the geo-humanities, urban settler colonialism, and environmental justice. My dissertation investigates the making and unmaking of settler imaginaries in Colorado and how Denver’s Indigenous communities refuse otherwise. I am currently working on a book project titled, Insurgent Cartographies & The Undoing of Settler Imaginaries. In addition to my book project, I am also exploring questions on matters of pedagogy in Latinx Geographies, including the tensions, contradictions, and responsibilities of enacting Latinx Geographies on Indigenous lands. As a Xicanx geographer, teacher, and organizer, I strive to be a good relative, colleague, and community member across the Latinx diaspora and beyond.

Recent Publications 

  • Rivera, I. (2023), Towards accountable digital geographies. Dialogues in Human Geography.
  • Rivera, I. (2023), Undoing settler imaginaries: (Re)imagining digital knowledge politics. Progress in Human Geography, 47(2), 298-316.
  • Rivera, I., Elwood, S., & Lawson, V. (2022), Portraits for change: Refusal politics and liberatory futures. Environment and Planning D: Society and space, 40(4), 627-645.

Updated August 2023