PhD Geography with Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Washington, 2000
Dissertation title: Remaking Gender and Citizenship in a Mexican Indigenous Community
M.A. Geography, University of Washington, 1996
Thesis title: Neoliberalism as contested ideological terrain: state practices and peasant agencies in Michoacán, Mexico
B.A. International Studies with Environmental Studies and Spanish minors, University of Oregon, 1990 summa cum laude
Lise Nelson’s research examines labor, identity, and citizenship in the context of neoliberal globalization. Of particular interest is how globalization impacts, and is contested by, less powerful groups whose experiences and opportunities are shaped by gender, race, class, and/or illegality (real or perceived legal status). Her Mexico-based work explored neoliberal restructuring and struggles over gender, indigeneity, and political authority in Michoacán. More recent U.S.-oriented research examines rural gentrification, immigrant labor regimes, and geographies of social reproduction. She is committed to fine-grained, historically situated qualitative analysis that strategically links processes of everyday life and ‘local’ change with global transformations and power dynamics.