Willie Wright

Assistant Professor

Bellamy 302


Ph.D. Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017
M.A. Pan-African Studies, University of Louisville, 2010
B.A. Communication Disorders, University of Houston, 2008

Research Interests

Black geographies, urban geography, and cultural geography

Research Activities

-Legacies of Black movements in America
-Public art and place-making
-Spatialities of (anti)Blackness

Additional Affiliations

-Black Geographies Specialty Group
-Abolition: Journal of Insurgent Politics

Selected Publications

Wright, W., & Herman, C. (2018). No “Blank Canvas”: Public Art and Gentrification in
Houston’s Third Ward. City & Society. 1-28.

Wright, W. (2018). Black Farmers General and Gendered Strikes Against the USDA. In
Theresa Rajack-Talley and Derrick Brooms. Living racism: Through the Barrel of the Book. pp. 169-185. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Bledsoe, A., Eaves, L., Williams, B., & Wright, W. Introduction. Southeastern
Geographer. Special Online Issue on Black Geographies. (Forthcoming).

Wright, W. The Public is Intellectual. The Professional Geographer. Special Issue on
Public Intellectualism. (Forthcoming).

Wright, W. (2016). Review of Spatializing Blackness: Architectures of Confinement
and Masculinity in Chicago, by Rashad Shabazz. Southeastern Geographer. 56(3), 383-386.

Wright, W. (2015). Review of Gentrification: A Working-Class Perspective, by Kirsteen
Paton. The Council for European Studies CritCom Forum.

Courses Taught

-GEA1000 World Regional Geography
-AFA2000 Introduction to the African American Experience

Awards and Honors

Urban Geography Workshop/Seminar Grant, Urban Geography Journal (2017)

Professional Organizations

American Association of Geographers
National Council of Black Studies