A Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers


A message from BGSG chair, Camilla Hawthorne:

I am very excited to be a part of the Black Geographies Specialty Group community. Allow me to introduce myself to you. I am a critical human geographer and interdisciplinary social scientist broadly interested in the racial politics of migration and citizenship, inequality, social movements, and Black geographies. My work sits at the intersection of critical public policy studies, diaspora theory, Black European studies, and postcolonial/feminist science and technology studies. 

I received my PhD from the Department of Geography at UC Berkeley in 2018. I currently serve as Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz. I am a principal faculty member in UCSC’s Critical Race and Ethnic Studies program, and an affiliate of the Science & Justice Research Center and the Legal Studies Program. My teaching is focused on race, immigration and citizenship, political economy, space and inequality, and social theory. 

If you would like to learn more about my areas of focus and my service commitments, please visit: https://www.camillahawthorne.com/

I, along with the BGSG team, welcome you to participate in our journey. I look forward to upcoming collaborations and partnerships with the aim of expanding understanding of the experience of Blackness.

BGSG Mission

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.

Updates & Announcements

2021 REP/MAD-AAG Conference on
Justice and the City in an Age of Social Division

The in-person conference will remain focused on the original theme of Justice and the City in an Age of Social Division and Baltimore in particular, while simultaneously offering a thematically broader virtual conference

Call for Submissions-Paper Deadline is September 17, 2021. For more information on the conference, please visit: repconference.org
Stay Tuned

For the BGSG Mentoring Initiative…..details TBA


to the newest 2021 BGSG Executive Board Members!

Dr. Jonathan Hall, Eastern Michigan University, Communications Director

Dr. Ashanté Reese, University of Texas at Austin, Secretary-Treasurer

Suzanne Nimoh, University of Texas at Austin, Student Rep

Theresa Hice-Fromille, University of California, Santa Cruz, Student Rep

BGSG Writing Group

In an effort to provide a supportive mechanism for graduate students as they tackle the dissertation process, the Black Geographies Specialty Group is launching a Graduate Writing Group. This is an opportunity to create an intellectual community where participants can network, collaborate, provide critical feedback, and grow professionally. The benefits of a writing group are numerous. A writing group: fosters peer mentoring, provides emotional support, develops personal accountability, bolters strong academic writing skills, and hones good communication skills. Meetings will be held virtually at an agreed upon frequency.

The 2021/2022 sign up period will begin in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for future updates.

You may direct any questions, comments, or suggestions to Muriel Marseille.

For more information on Writing Groups, visit here.

If you have events/conferences/announcements that you would like to share with the BGSG community, let us know!

Innovation and the Annual Conference-AAG 2022

New York City, site of the 2022 Hybrid AAG annual conference

AAG 2022 Annual Conference in New York City

Friday, Feb. 25 – Tuesday, March 1
Hilton – Midtown | Sheraton – Times Square


The conference will feature more than 6,000 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, experts, and researchers. Attendees including geographers, GIS specialists, environmental scientists, and other leaders will share and discuss the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience. With thousands of different papers and presentations scheduled throughout the conference, you’ll find no shortage of activities that reflect your specific interests within the field of geography. It is a hybrid conference, denoting on-line and face to face events.

Stay tuned here for details on BGSG events at the AAG.

For further information.