Pierce – Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture


Dr. Joseph Pierce

Joseph Pierce


Clark University
PhD, Graduate School of Geography

Clark University
MA, Geography

New York University
MA, Gallatin School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Hampshire College
BA, Liberal Arts

Selected Publications

Lawhon, M., Pierce, J., Bouwer, R. (2018). “Scale and the construction of environmental imaginaries in local news.” South African Geographical Journal 100(1) 1-21. Abstract

Lawhon, M., Pierce, J., Makina, A. (2018). “Provincializing urban appropriation: agonistic transgression as a mode of actually existing appropriation in South African cities.” Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 39(1) 117-131. Abstract

Pierce, J., Lawhon, M. (2018). “The right to move: informal use rights and urban practices of mobility.” Urban Geography, 39(5) 667-686. Abstract

Pierce, Joseph and Deborah G. Martin (2017). “The law is not enough: seeking the theoretical frontier of urban justice via legal tools.” Urban Studies, 54(2) 456-465.

Pierce, Joseph and Holly Widen (2017). “Visceral pedagogy: teaching challenging topics emotionally as well as cognitively.” Journal of Geography, 116(2) 47-56.

Williams, Olivia R. and Joseph Pierce (2017). “Inserting scales of urban politics: the possibilities of meso-urban governance shims.” Urban Geography, 38(6) 795-812.

Davine, Toby, Mary Lawhon, and Joseph Pierce (2017). “Place-making at a national scale: framing tar sands extraction as ‘Canadian’ in The Globe and Mail.” The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe Canadien, 61(3) 428-439.

Pierce, Joseph, Olivia R. Williams, and Deborah G. Martin (2016). “Rights in places: an analytical extension of the right to the city.” Geoforum, 70(2016) 79-88.

Featured Contracts, Grants, and Sponsored Research

“The Scale of Governance in the Regulation of Land: Community Land Trusts in the Twin Cities.” National Science Foundation, $175,000. Primary Investigators: Joseph Pierce, Deborah G. Martin, and James DeFilippis. (2014-2018).

“Politicizing African Urban Ecologies: Enabling Radical Geographical Research Practices for African Scholars.” Antipode Foundation, $15,000. Awardees: Henrik Ernstson, Jonathan Silver, Mary Lawhon, and Joseph Pierce. (2014).