Tyler McCreary

Assistant Professor
Graduate Program Committee

Bellamy 309


Dr. Tyler McCreary is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Florida State University. His research examines how settler colonialism and racial capitalism inflect processes of environmental, labour, and community governance in North America. His research has analyzed themes such as how North American environmental governance processes address Black and Indigenous community concerns; the differential impacts of sociotechnical transitions in North American labour markets; and how urban and regional governance processes relate to the historic marginalization of Indigenous and Black families living in towns and cities.


Ph.D. Geography, York University, 2014
M.A. Geography, University of Saskatchewan, 2007
B.A. Sociology, University of Saskatchewan, 2004

Research Interests

Geographies of race and indigeneity, geographies of science and technology, legal geographies, labor geographies, environmental justice, political ecology, crtical infrastructure studies

Selected Publications


Dorries, Heather, Robert Henry, David Hugill, Tyler McCreary, and Julie Tomiak (eds.). 2019. Settler City Limits: Indigenous Resurgence and Colonial Violence in the Urban Prairie West. University of Manitoba Press and Michigan State University Press.

McCreary, Tyler. 2018. Shared Histories: Witsuwit’en-Settler Relations in Smithers, British Columbia, 1913-1973. Creekstone Press.

Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Allen, Doug & Tyler McCreary. Forthcoming. Performing Black Life: The FAMU Marching 100 and the Black Aesthetic Politics of Disruption, Presence, and Affirmation. cultural geographies.

Bledsoe, Adam, Tyler McCreary, & Willie Jamaal Wright. Forthcoming. Theorizing Diverse Economies in the Context of Racial Capitalism. Geoforum.

McCreary, Tyler & Richard Milligan. Forthcoming. A Comparative Urban Political Ecology of Liberal Recognition: Racial Capitalism, Settler Colonialism, and Environmental Governance in Vancouver and Atlanta. Antipode.

McCreary, Tyler. 2020. Between the Commodity and the Gift: The Coastal GasLink Pipeline and the Contested Temporalities of Canadian and Witsuwit’en Law. Journal of Human Rights and the Environment 11: 122-145.

Wright, Willie Jamaal, Tyler McCreary, Brian Williams, & Adam Bledsoe. 2020. Race, Land, and the Law: Black Farmers and the Limits of a Politics of Recognition. In Ashanté M. Reese & Hanna Garth (eds.), Black Food Matters: Racial Justice in the Wake of Food Justice, 228-250. University of Minnesota Press.

McCreary, Tyler & Ann Marie Murnaghan. 2020. Remixed Methodologies in Community-Based Film Research. The Canadian Geographer 64(4): 576-589.

Jackson, April, Tisha Holmes, & Tyler McCreary. 2020. Gown Goes to Town: Negotiating Mutually Beneficial Relationships between College Students, City Planners, and a Historically Marginalized African-American Neighborhood. Societies 10(3), 61

Lawhon, Mary & Tyler McCreary. 2020. Beyond Jobs vs Environment: On the Potential of Universal Basic Income to Reconfigure Environmental Politics. Antipode 52(2): 452-474.

McCreary, Tyler & Ann Marie Murnaghan. 2019. The Educational Work of a National Museum: Creating Knowledgeable Young Citizens in Ottawa, Canada. Children's Geographies. 17(6): 635-648.

Pierce, Joseph, Mary Lawhon, & Tyler McCreary. 2019. From Precarious Work to Obsolete Labour? Implications of Technological Disemployment for Geographical Scholarship. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography 101(2): 84-101.

McCreary, Tyler & Jerome Turner. 2018. The Contested Scales of Indigenous and Settler Jurisdiction: Unist’ot’en Struggles with Canadian Pipeline Governance. Studies in Political Economy 99 (3): 223-245.

Milligan, Richard & Tyler McCreary. 2018. Between Kitimat LNG Terminal and Monkey Beach: Literary-Geographic Methods and the Politics of Recognition in Resource Governance on Haisla Territory. GeoHumanities 4(1): 45-65.

McCreary, Tyler. 2016. Historicizing the Encounter between State, Corporate, and Indigenous Authorities on Gitxsan Lands. Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice 33(3): 163-197.

McCreary, Tyler, Suzanne Mills, & Anne St-Amand. 2016. Lands and Resources for Jobs: How Aboriginal Peoples Strategically Use Environmental Assessments to Advance Community Employment Aims. Canadian Public Policy 42(2): 212-223.

Murnaghan, Ann Marie & Tyler McCreary. 2016. Projections of Race, Nature, And Ethnnographic Childhood in Early Educational Cinema at the National Museum of Canada. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography 98(1): 37-53.

McCreary, Tyler & Vanessa Lamb. 2014. A Political Ecology of Sovereignty in Practice and on the Map: The Technicalities of Law, Participatory Mapping, and Environmental Governance. Leiden Journal of International Law 27(3): 595-619.

McCreary, Tyler & Richard Milligan. 2014. Pipelines, Permits, and Protests: Carrier Sekani Encounters with the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project. Cultural Geographies 21(1): 115-129.

Courses Taught

EVR4314 Energy & Society
GEO1400 Human Geography
GEO4280 Geography of Water Resources
GEO4421/GEO5425 Cultural Geography
GEO4505 Geographies of Oil
GEO4930 Environmental Justice
GEO5058 Geographic Thought
GEO5417 Race and Place
GEO5934 Labor Geographies