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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

M.A., 2012
Geography, University of Washington
Thesis: Cultivating Good Workers: Youth Gardening, Nonprofits and Neoliberalization
Committee: Sarah Elwood and Victoria Lawson

B.A., 2008
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 

RESEARCH CONTRIBUTIONS                                                                              

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

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE                                                                                    

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.


Teaching Appointments

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

Teaching Assistantships

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.
Fall 2012
Spring 2012
Spring 2011

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.

2006                Intern
Eureka Recycling – Digitization of Recycling Route Maps using ArcGIS. St. Paul, MN

PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP                                                                                        

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)

  Association of American Geographers
Political Geography Specialty Group
Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group
Urban Geography Specialty Group
Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group

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


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