Caitlin Cahill

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Research Interests

  • Global restructuring, participatory action research, social justice, gentrification, immigration, education, zero -tolerance policies

Caitlin Cahill is an Assistant Professor of Urban Geography and Politics at Pratt Institute. She engages in community-based participatory action research investigating the everyday intimate experiences of global urban restructuring, specifically as it concerns gentrification, immigration, education, and zero-tolerance policies. Caitlin is interested in creating collective spaces for dialogue, creativity, knowledge production, critical research and action. Before coming to CUNY, Caitlin worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah. In Salt Lake City, she co-founded the Mestizo Arts & Activism Collective (with Matt Bradley and David Quijada), an intergenerational social justice think tank that engages young people as catalysts of change in a model integrating participatory research, arts and activism.

In addition to co-editing special journal issues on participatory ethics and youth participation, Caitlin’s work has been published in journals including AreaEnvironment & Planning ACity & SocietyGender, Space & CultureJournal of Youth Studies, and The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, among others, and edited collections such as the Gentrification ReaderA Companion to Social Geography, and Revolutionizing Education: Youth Participatory Action Research in Motion. Committed to interdisciplinary, engaged scholarship, Caitlin has received several awards for her research, teaching and public service including the Taconic Fellowship from the Pratt Center for Community Development and a special recognition from the ACLU for her work with young people on educational rights. Currently, Caitlin is on the editorial boards of Metro PoliticsCommunity Development, Children’s Geographies, and Children, Youth, and Environments.  Caitlin is on the advisory board of the Public Science Project  and the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action at Durham University, UK.