Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies, University of Florida

I am a human geographer whose research focuses on the intersections of human rights, justice, development, and environmental change with attention to Indigenous politics in Latin America.

In collaboration with community partners, my research seeks to understand how extra-local political, legal, and economic processes—like international Indigenous rights mechanisms, environmental governance schemes, and global commodity production and exchange—influence livelihoods, the praxis of rights, and socio-environmental relations at the “local” level, and vice versa. I draw theoretical and methodological inspiration from political ecology and STS, critical social theory, ethnography, and participatory research. My most recent field-based research projects in the Southern Cone have focused on Indigenous land rights, the implementation of Inter-American Court of Human Rights decisions, expanding agrarian frontiers, political ecologies of territorial struggles, and the politics of fair trade.

My first book, "Disrupting the patrón: Indigeneity, racial capitalism, and land politics in Paraguay’s Chaco" is underway and will be completed soon. I also recently launched a new research initiative, “Frontiers of Environmental Justice: Rupture, resource rule, and resistance” that investigates radical socio-ecological transformations taking place across South America’s Gran Chaco forest region—a site where rapid deforestation, new infrastructure projects, extractivism, and climate change are creating new challenges for Indigenous environmental justice.

After receiving my Ph.D. in geography from the University of Colorado Boulder in August 2017, I completed a Postdoctoral position at the University of Arizona (2017-18). I hold an MA in Latin American Studies from University of Arizona and a BA in Geography from Humboldt State University.

Drinking tereré with friends and strangers, cycling near but preferably far, and digging in the dirt (aka gardening) with his partner are some of my favorite pastimes.

For more information, please visit: www.joel-correia.com.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Assistant Professor, University of Florida
  • 2017–2018
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Arizona

Education

  • 2017 
    University of Colorado Boulder, PHD in Geography
  • 2012 
    University of Arizona, MA in Latin American Studies

Publications

  • 2019
    Unsettling territory: Indigenous mobilizations, the territorial turn, and the limits of land rights in the Paraguay-Brazil borderlands, Journal of Latin American Geography
  • 2019
    Soy states: Resource politics, violent environments, and soybean territorializations in Paraguay., Journal of Peasant Studies
  • 2018
    Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights Adjudication and its Aftereffects in Paraguay: Legal Geographies of Three Inter-American Court cases., Erasmus Law Review
  • 2018
    Indigenous rights at a crossroads: Territorial struggles, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and legal geographies of liminality, Geoforum

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Geographers
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers