LaToya is a native of Shelby, North Carolina. She earned her Ph.D. in Geography through the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University in Miami. Her small town, Southern upbringing, informs her research, which centralizes Black geographies and women of color feminisms in order to engage ideologies of race, place-based politics, and the discursive formation of the U.S. South and the Atlantic World. She is specifically interested in the interplay of these three ideas from the positionality of queer Black women. LaToya is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Studies and Human Geography and affiliated faculty with the Women's and Gender Studies Program and the Africana Studies major at Middle Tennessee State University.
She is Founder and Chair of the Black Geographies Specialty Group with the American Association of Geographers (AAG). She has been active in both the AAG and the National Women's Studies Association for a number of years, having served in leadership positions in both organizations.
Unbounded South is a mutliscalar examination of the sociopolitical formations of the American South narrated through queer Black women's geographies. The project uses queer Black women's experiences to critique hegemonic power structures that have historically operated paradoxically for sites of Blackness, including lawmaking bodies, social movements, education systems, and religious organizations.
Black Geographies is a term used to center a Black sense of place and Black spatial knowledges in my approach to theory, research methods, and applications. I am currently working on an edited volume on Black Feminist Geographies.
An affiliate of the American Association of Geographers
The BLACK GEOGRAPHIES SPECIALTY GROUP strives to create a global platform for: (a) promoting study of the social, political, cultural, economic, and ecological aspects of the race in/and geography; (b) encouraging critical reflection on the issues, processes, intrinsic qualities, and interconnections that shape Black lives and geographies on local, national, continental, and international scales; (c) exchanging research and teaching ideas among scholars of race in/and geography; and (d) building greater ties between geographers and the Black and Africana Studies community.
a black sense of place