Katherine Freeman

About Katherine Freeman


Katherine E. Freeman is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Arizona. Katherine was raised in the rural U.S. Southwest and is dedicated to the production of scholarship that addresses contemporary socioeconomic oppression. 

Katherine is currently writing her dissertation, which engages in a critical, qualitative examination of the tourism sector in Antigua, Guatemala. In so doing, this dissertation attempts to chart modern security measures and discourses, techniques of transnational capital accumulation, neocolonialism, and militarization, as well as the complicated power differentials generated by and left in the wake of gender, race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and nation.


Freeman, Katherine. 2016. Neocolonial Biopolitics in Southern Arizona: Lessons Learned from the SB 1070 Boycott. Feminist Formations 28(3): 222-243.

Freeman, Katherine. 2015. 'And God is the Water': Reflections on the EPA Spill, Power, and the U.S. Southwest.The Feminist Wire, September 3. Selected for additional publication by Truthout, September 7.

Awards and Fellowships

  • Louise Foucar Marshall Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2016
  • University of Arizona Women’s Plaza of Honor Fellowship, 2010-2014 & 2016
  • Women's Studies Advisory Council Travel Grant, 2013 & 2012
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship to study the Kaqchikel-Maya language in Guatemala with Tulane University, 2013
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year Fellowship to study the Kaqchikel-Maya language at the University of Arizona, 2011-2012
  • University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Fellowship, 2010-2011
  • The University of Arizona Faculty/Student Interaction Grant, 2011

Courses Taught

  • Instructor of Record: Gender and Contemporary Society
  • Discussion Section Instructor of Record: Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies; Gender and Contemporary Society; Technology and Society; Women and Western Culture

Research Interests

The global coloniality of power, development studies, necrocapitalism, necropolitics, critical race theory, transnational feminisms, queer theory, tourism studies, war and militarization, U.S. Southwest studies, Latin American studies & somatechnics (to name a few)

Areas of Study

Central America and the U.S. Southwest


Ph.D Candidate, Gender and Women's Studies, University of Arizona
Minor: Cultural Anthropology
Working Dissertation Title: Contemporary Leisure Travel, the Geopolitics of Knowledge, and World Power in Guatemala
Chair: Dr. Monica Casper
Committiee Members: Dr. Linda Green, Dr. Eithne Luibhéid, Dr. Susan Stryker
M.A., Applied Cultural Anthropology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Minor: Medical Anthropology 
Chairs: Dr. Jill Dubisch & Dr. Robert Trotter
Thesis: An Alternative Approach to Risk Reduction Dissemination 
B.A., Cultural Anthropology, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO
Minor: Women's Studies
Advisor and Mentor: Dr. Kathleen Fine-Dare
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Katherine Freeman
Ph.D. Candidate