Caroline Keegan

Caroline Keegan

ACES Faculty Fellow ’22

Visiting Assistant Professor

Labor, Political Ecology, Racial Capitalism, Law, Immigration, Environmental Justice, Feminist Qualitative Methods


I am a critical human geographer concerned with labor at the intersection of racial capitalism and political ecology. My current research focuses on the contemporary conditions and racialized histories of the farm labor system in the US South. My past research focused on low-wage workers in service and construction industries in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. I specialize in qualitative methods and draw from the scholarship of feminist political economy, critical race and ethnic studies, history, legal studies, environmental justice, and political ecology.

Selected Publications

Keegan, C. (2022) Essential Agriculture, Sacrificial Labor, and the Covid-19 Pandemic in the US South. Journal of Agrarian Change.

Keegan, C. (2022) Working Dignity into Urban Geography. Dialogues in Human Geography.

Keegan, C. (2021) A Minor Theory of Direct Action Politics and Performance in New Orleans’s Economic Justice Movement. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

Keegan, C. (2020) “Black Workers Matter”: Black Labor Geographies and Uneven Redevelopment in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Urban Geography, 1-20. 

Heynen, N., D. Aiello, C. Keegan, N. Luke (2018) The Enduring Struggle for Social Justice and the City. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. 108(2), 301-316.


2021 – PhD Geography, University of Georgia

2016 – MA Geography, University of Georgia

2011 – BA Environmental Studies, University of Colorado


2021 – Early Career Researcher Award, Urban Geography

2017 – Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant, The Graduate School, University of Georgia

Additional Information

I am a volunteer with the Howdy Farm!

I am a Pride Mentor through the TAMU LGBTQ Center!

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