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Doctoral Studies, 2012 – Spring 2017
Geography Department, University of Washington
Dissertation: Social Justice Philanthropy as Poverty Politics: A Relational Poverty Analysis of Alternative Philanthropic Practices
Research areas: relational poverty studies, feminist political economy, class identity and formation, geographies of inequality, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector
Chair: Dr. Sarah Elwood. Committee: Drs. Victoria Lawson and Steve Herbert
Geography, University of Washington
Thesis: Cultivating Good Workers: Youth Gardening, Nonprofits and Neoliberalization
Committee: Sarah Elwood and Victoria Lawson
Geography, Macalester College, Magna Cum Laude
Minors: Environmental Studies and Studio Art Magna Cum Laude
Capstone: “It Just Changes Over Time”: A Political Ecology of Agricultural Trends in the Twin Cities Second-Generation Hmong Community
Gordon, E., Elwood, S. Mitchell K. (2016) Critical Spatial Learning: Participatory Mapping, Spatial Histories, and Youth Civic Engagement. Children’s Geographies, 1-15.
Agloro, A., Gordon, E., Melton, S., Taylor, J. & Thumbran, J. 2014. The Future of Higher Education and Building Hybrid Careers: Reflections from leaders in the field. Public: A Journal of Imagining America.
Gordon, E. 2013. Under-served and un-deserving: Youth empowerment, poverty discourses and subject formation. Geoforum, 50, 107-116.
2016 Participant, Community Engaged Research Institute, UC Santa Cruz, June 26-30
2016 Gordon, E. Decentering Poverty in Alternative Philanthropic Practice. Paper presented as part of the Relational Poverty Network at Annual American Association of Geographers, San Francisco, March 28-April 3
2015 Gordon, E. Alternative Philanthropy and the Making of Economic Subjects. Paper presented as part of the Community Economies Collective, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL, April 21-25.
2014 Relational Poverty Network, Conference Organizer and Participant. Seattle. WA, Oct 9-11.
2014 Gordon, E. and Olsen, H. New Geographies of Philanthropy and Giving, Session organizers and discussant.
Gordon, E. Theorizing the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Outside of Neoliberalism. Paper presentation.
Gordon, E. A Narrative of Engagement. Panel Presentation.
Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, FL, April 8-12.
2014 Gordon, E. Theorizing the Nonprofit Sector Outside of Neoliberalism. Paper presented at the Critical Geography Conference, Boulder, Co, Feb 21-23.
2012 Gordon, E. Under-served and Un-deserving: Youth Subjectivities and Empowerment Programs in Seattle, Washington. Paper presented at Sixth Annual Conference on Race, Ethnicity and Place, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oct 23-27.
2012 Gordon, E. Reflexive Partnerships: Graduate Students, Youth and Community Organizations. Poster presented at Imagining America Annual Meeting, New York, October 3-6.
2012 Gordon, E. It’s All About Job Skills: Neoliberalism, Non-Profits, and the Impacts on Young People in Seattle, Washington. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of Association of American Geographers, NY, NY, Feb 24-28.
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
2016-17 Community Based Learning and Research Fellow, UW Bothell $1,000
2016-17 2nd Year Project in Interdisciplinary Pedagogy Mentor, UW Bothell
2015-16 Project in Interdisciplinary Pedagogy Fellowship, UW Bothell
2014 Howard Martin Award, University of Washington Department of Geography $1,500
2014 Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, Margaret Trussell Fellowship $1,000
2014 Travel Award, Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest $1,350
2014 Dissertation Fellowship, Urban Geography Specialty Group $500
2014 Student Paper Competition, Urban Geography Specialty Group
2013-2014 Publicly Active Graduate Education Fellow, Imagining America $500
2012 Urban Geography Specialty Group Graduate Fellowship Award, AAG
2011, 2013 Graduate Fellowship for Initiative and Excellence, University of Washington
2014-15 Program Manager, Research Assistant
Assistant to Drs. Sarah Elwood and Victoria Lawson University of Washington
Working under the National Science Foundation Research Coordination Grant:
Relational Poverty Network awarded to Sarah Elwood and Victoria Lawson.
Winter 2011 Research Assistant
Assistant to Drs. Katharyne Mitchell and Sarah Elwood
University of Washington, Department of Geography
Working under Spencer Foundation Civic Engagement Grant: Mapping Youth Journeys, awarded to Katharyne Mitchell and Sarah Elwood.
2016-17 Pre-doctoral lecturer, University of Washington Bothell
Fall 2016 BIS 393: Reimagining Nonprofits
Winter 2017 BIS 218: Power of Maps
Spring 2017 BIS 340: Approaches to Cultural Research
2015-16 Pre-doctoral lecturer, University of Washington Bothell, Project in Interdisciplinary Pedagogy
Fall 2015 BIS 393: Reimagining Nonprofits
Winter 2016 BIS 218: Power of Maps
Spring 2016 BIS 393: Reimagining Nonprofits
Summer 2015 Lead Instructor, Human Geography: More than Maps and Capitals Robinson Center for Young Scholars, University of Washington
Summer 2014 Co-Director, LSJ 390: Seattle and Amsterdam in Comparative Perspective, UW Study Abroad
Fall 2013 GEOG 230: Global Inequality, Department of Geography, University of Washington. Instructor: Dr. Vicky Lawson
Spring 2013 GEOG 360: Introduction to GIS. Department of Geography, University of Washington. Instructors: Dr. Joseph Hannah and Dr. Luke Bergmann.
Winter 2013 GEOG 461: Urban GIS. Department of Geography, University of
Winter 2012 Washington. Instructors: Sarah Elwood and Brandon Derman
Fall 2011 GEOG 123: Introduction to Globalization, Department of Fall 2010 Geography and Jackson School of International Studies. Instructors: Matthew Sparke and J oseph Hannah.
Invited and Guest Lectures
Spring 2015 Social Justice Philanthropy and Community Engaged Research. Macalester College, Sustainable Development. Dr. Roopali Phadke.
Winter 2013 Qualitative research methodologies in the field. Honors Geog Seminar 497. Dr. Lucy Jarosz.
Winter 2013 Practicing Geography and Geographic Practice, Panelist. Undergraduate Research Program. Organizer: Dr. Kim England.
PROFESSIONAL AND DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE 2016-2017 Participant, Imagining America Research Committee
2014-2017 Co-Director, PAGE program, Imagining America
2014-2015 Student Representative, Political Geography Specialty Group, AAG
2013-2014 Co-Organizer, Department Colloquium Series
2012-2014 Co-Organizer, Graduate Workshop Series on Teaching
2012-2013 Department Social and Community Coordinator
2011-2012 Co-President of the Geography Department Graduate Student Association
COMPLEMENTARY PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2016 – 2018 Board Member, Crosscut Media Young Professional Board
Selected for 2-year position as board member of inaugural young professional board. Will organize events, develop feedback for Crosscut, and guide nonprofit media development.
2015 – 2016 Facilitator, Organizer The Justice Lab, Seattle, WA.
Organized small critical dialogues about race, gentrification, social justice and empathic connection.
Built multi-racial and cross-class understandings of experience.
Fall 2015 Facilitator, Future Seattle: A People’s Forum, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA.
Facilitated 90-minute conversations with diverse constituents of Seattle about changing nature of the city.
Created report coalescing similar conversations from other facilitators.
Fall 2014 Donor Organizer, Member Social Justice Fund, Seattle, WA
Collectively fundraised over $100k for economic justice in the NW.
2012 – 2014 Co-Organizer, Co-Founder, Eat for Equity, Seattle
Coordinated and executed large-scale community dinners benefitting local nonprofit organizations.
Organized small scale philanthropy and built culture of generosity.
Fundraised in-kind donations and helped publicize work of events.
2008 – 2010 High School Coach College Possible, St. Paul, MN
Guided 60 low-income students towards admission to 4-year colleges.
Helped students apply for financial aid and scholarships.
Built community and camaderie among cohort of first-generation college students.
Summers Trip Leader
2008-2011 Becket Chimney Corners YMCA, Youth Travel Programs
Led 11-15 youths in summer-long international service, leadership development and cultural exchange programs to China, Vietnam, Russia, and Sweden.
Eureka Recycling – Digitization of Recycling Route Maps using ArcGIS. St. Paul, MN
2016-17 Social Justice Fund NW – Archival research and practicum for public scholarship. Organize information graphics with student researchers
2013-14 Imagining America PAGE Blog Salon – coordinated, published and edited
2013-14 The Seattle Globalist – Writings on philanthropy, liberalism and travel
2013 Women Who Rock Film Festival – Film Screening, “Now Promenade Right on Home.” Seattle, WA
2012 Women Who Rock Digital Archive – Oral History, Charmaine Slaven of The Tallboys. Seattle, WA
2012 Seattle Youth Garden Works – Program Evaluation Analysis
2011 Urban Farm Hub – Urban Agriculture Map. Seattle, WA
2008 Federal Reserve Bank of Minnesota – Jobs-Housing Mismatch. Minneapolis, MN.
2011-Present Graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship
Simpson Center for the Humanities
Portfolio Adviser: Candice Rai, (English)
2010-Present Association of American Geographers
Political Geography Specialty Group
Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group
Urban Geography Specialty Group
Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group
PEER REVIEWS PROVIDED
The International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement
The Journal of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development
Social Science and Medicine
Plenum: A Journal of Geography
SOFTWARE ArcGIS 10.1, Prezi, Atlas ti, Microsoft: Word, Excel, Powerpoint. Apple: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Final Cut Pro, Express Scribe