Dr Elsa Noterman

MS Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2014). PhD Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2020). Junior Research Fellow in Geography.

See my publications at: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=3DV3QnkAAAAJ&hl=en


In 2021-2022, I am serving as Director of Studies in Geography, organizing teaching for Geography students in College. I also supervise papers in Human Geography. 


My research primarily focuses on collective struggles over access to land and housing. I am interested in how these contestations highlight forms of everyday commoning, and reveal entanglements of settler colonial and racial capitalist logics in the reproduction of U.S. city spaces. My recent work examines how everyday use of "vacant" land and buildings in the city of Philadelphia both reinforces and destabilizes normative notions of urban development and property. This project serves as the basis for several articles as well as a monograph on contested vacant geographies, which is currently under development. I also write about working and organizing within educational spaces, and am involved in several collaborative critical cartography projects.


I am happy to supervise Part II geography students writing dissertations on urban housing, political activism, the commons, and feminist and legal geographies.
My current dissertation students are working on affordable housing and food scarcity in the UK. I am also a member of the Geography Department’s Postdoc Committee. 
Director of Studies in Geography

  • Junior Research Fellow