Caitlin Cahill

Caitlin Cahill, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Urban Geography & Politics, Pratt Institute. A community-based urban studies & youth studies scholar, for over ten years Caitlin has conducted participatory action research projects with young people in cities across the US investigating the everyday intimate experiences of global urban restructuring, specifically as it concerns gentrification, immigration, education, and zero tolerance policies. Caitlin is interested in co-creating collective spaces for dialogue, creativity, knowledge production, critical research and action. Previously, Caitlin taught at Satellite Academy (an alternative NYC public high school), the City University of New York, and the University of Utah. In Salt Lake City, she co-founded the Mestizo Arts & Activism Collective (with Matt Bradley & David Quijada), an intergenerational social justice think tank that engages young people as catalysts of change in a model integrating participatory research, arts and activism. Before that Caitlin worked with the wonderful Fed Up Honeys on the Lower East Side of NYC. Caitlin’s work has been published widely in journals and edited collections in geography, urban studies, youth studies and education. Committed to interdisciplinary, engaged scholarship, she has received several awards for her research, teaching and public service including most recently the Taconic Fellowship from the Pratt Center for Community Development, and a special recognition from the ACLU for her work with young people on educational rights & immigration. Currently, Caitlin is an editor at Metro Politics, and on the editorial boards of Community Development, Children’s Geographies, and Children, Youth, and Environments.  Caitlin is also on the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action at Durham University, UK.