Rachael Cofield

PhD Program



B.S. History (minor in Anthropology), Columbus State University, 2013
M.A. History, Columbus State University, 2015

Research Interests

Feminist geography, urban geography, gender, and place, queering, embodiment

Research Activities

My past research included studying construction of racialized place and historical memory in southern cities during the 1970s commemorations of the bicentennial. Specifically, I studied how LaGrange, Georgia, crafted an identity referential to a perceived genteel past and turned their celebrations into a grandiose expression of a new US, one that evoked the idealism of the past and diverged from an uncomfortable present.

Currently, I am working on how gender and place are co-constituted, seeking how to better understand how transgender individuals move in the city of Atlanta based upon both their bodily experiences and perceptions of public narratives about trans-identifying persons.

Selected Publications

Rachael Cofield and Petra L. Doan. Toilets, Locker Rooms, and the Public Imagination: Planning for Safe and Inclusive Spaces, in Feminist Geography Unbound: Intimacy, Territory, and Embodied Power, edited by Banu Gökarıksel, Michael Hawkins, Christopher Neubert, & Sara Smith, West Virginia University Press. (In Review)

Selected Presentations

“Sex-Segregated Bathrooms as Spaces of Marginalization and ‘Fear’.” Feminist Geography Conference, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, May 2017.

Courses Taught

GEO4930 Feminist Geography Instructor (in-class)
GEO1400 Human Geography Instructor (in-class, online, summer)
GEA1000 World Regional Geography Instructor (in-class, online, summer)
GEO3502 Cultural Geography TA (in-class)