My scholarly interests lie principally in the gendered dimensions of economic development in Latin America. Over the course of the past three decades, I have conducted grassroots fieldwork in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Mexico.
These projects reflect my ongoing interest in human rights, gender and spatial justice, conflict resolution, post-conflict reconstruction/reconciliation, grassroots social movements, the urban informal sector, and micro-enterprise development.
In recent years, I have been working, both in the field and from afar, on gender issues relating to post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation in Peru. During the internal conflict, I conducted in-depth studies of the urban informal sector and micro-enterprise development. With the cessation of armed hostilities, I have been investigating processes of political, economic and social reconstruction within post-conflict Peru.
One current project looks specifically at the gendered dimensions of human rights, political literacy, empowerment, displacement and resettlement in post-conflict Peru. In my fieldwork with national, regional, and grassroots organizations in urban and rural settings, I am privileged to work with (and learn from) women survivors of the conflict. I hope to understand more fully the roles they played, individually and collectively, in achieving initial peace and now, together with a new generation of activists, in building a sustainable peace.
A second current project concerns the recently published Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Peru. I have been analyzing the Final Report from (i) gendered and (ii) spatial justice perspectives. This project further involves building a conceptual framework for a comparative analysis of the work of several truth commissions in Latin America.
A third current project, related to the aforementioned, investigates gendered dimensions of memory and memorialization as well as initiatives to address the legacy of gender-based violence in the reconciliation process of post-conflict Peru.
My research methodologies include the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. My field methodology is based upon participatory research analysis, and includes focus groups, in-depth interviews, oral history, participatory mapping and participant observation in addition to archival research.
BA, Middlebury College, 1978; MIA, Columbia University (School of International and Public Affairs),1983; PhD, Syracuse University (Geography, The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Administration), 1990
Previous Teaching Experience
Dartmouth College; Syracuse University
International development, Latin America, political geography, feminist geography, gender and environment, global change
Latin America, economic and political development, human rights, spatial justice, transitional justice, post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation, collective memory, gender issues in development, grassroots social movements, the informal economy, urbanization
- Brunn, S., Hays-Mitchell, M., Zeigler, D., and Graybill, J., eds. 2016. Cities of the World: Regional Patterns and Urban Environments, 6th ed. Rowman and Littlefield.
- Graybill, J., Hays-Mitchell, M., and Zeigler, D., 2016. “World Urban Development: Critical Geographical Perspectives.” In Brunn, S., Hays-Mitchell, M., Zeigler, D., and Graybill, J., eds, Cities of the World: Regional Patterns and Urban Environments, 6th ed., pp. TBD. Rowman and Littlefield.
- Hays-Mitchell, M., and Godfrey, B. 2016. “Cities of South America.” In Brunn, S., Hays-Mitchell, M., Zeigler, D., and Graybill, J., eds, Cities of the World: Regional Patterns and Urban Environments, 6th ed., pp. TBD. Rowman and Littlefield.
- Hays-Mitchell, M., and Irvine, J., eds. Special themed issue titled “Gender and Political Transformation in Societies at War”, Journal of International Women’s Studies (2012) 13 (4).
- “Gender and political transformation in societies at war”." In Hays-Mitchell, M., and Irvine, J., eds, Journal of International Women’s Studies (2012) 13(4): 1-9, co-authored with Jill Irvine.
- Brunn, S., Hays-Mitchell, M., and Zeigler, D., eds. Cities of the World: World Regional Urban Development, 5th ed. Rowman and Littlefield (2012).
- Zeigler, D., Hays-Mitchell, M., and Brunn, S. “World Urban Development.” In Brunn, S., Hays-Mitchell, M., and Zeigler, D., eds, Cities of the World: World Regional Urban Development, 5th ed., pp. 3-50. Rowman and Littlefield, (2012).
- “Cities of South America.” In Brunn, S., Hays-Mitchell, M., and Zeigler, D., eds, Cities of the World: World Regional Urban Development, 5th ed., pp. 137-187. Rowman and Littlefield (2012), co-authored with Brian J. Godfrey.
- S. Brunn, M. Hays-Mitchell, and D. Zeigler, eds, Cities of the World: World Regional Urban Development, 4th ed., Rowman and Littlefield (2008).
- "Cities of South America." In S. Brunn, M. Hays-Mitchell, and D. Zeigler, eds, Cities of the World: World Regional Urban Development, 4th ed., Rowman and Littlefield (2008), pp. 142-199, co-authored with Brian J. Godfrey.
- "Who Are the Victims? Where is the Violence: The Spatial Dialectics of Andean Violence as Revealed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Peru." In D. Cowen and E. Gilbert, eds, War, Citizenship, Territory, pp. 199-218. Routledge (2007).
- "The Informal Economy." In B. Warf and A. Cravey, eds, The Encyclopedia of Human Geography, pp. 254-57. Sage Publications (2006). Reproduced in D. Goldfield, ed., 2007, Encyclopedia of American Urban History, vol 1, 379-381, Sage Publications (2007).
- "Women's Struggles for Sustainable Peace in Post-Conflict Peru: A Feminist Analysis of Violence and Change." In J. Seager and L. Nelson, eds, A Feminist Companion to Human Geography, Blackwell Publishing (2005), pp. 590-606.
- "Global Change and the South American City." In S. Brunn, J. Williams, and D. Zeigler, eds, Cities of the World: Contemporary World Urbanization, 3rd ed., Rowman and Littlefield (2003), pp. 122-167, co-authored with Brian J. Godfrey.
- "Coping with Austerity: A Gendered Perspective on Neoliberal Restructuring in Peru." Gender and Development, (2002) 10:3, 71-81. Reproduced in C. Sweetman, ed., Gender, Development, and Poverty, pp. 71-81. Oxford: Oxfam GB.
- "Globalization at the Urban Margin: Gender and Resistance in the Informal Sector of Peru." In J. Short and R. Grant, eds, Globalization at the Margins, Macmillan Press (2002), pp. 93-110.
- "Danger, Fulfillment, and Responsibility in a Violence-Plagued Society." The Geographical Review, (2001) 91(1-2):311-321.
- "Gender, informal employment and the right to productive resources: The human rights implications of microenterprise development in Latin America." In T. Fenster, ed., Gender, Planning and Human Rights: The Fragilities of Equality and Difference in Planning and Development for Multi-Cultured Societies, London: Routledge (2000), pp. 111-124.
- "From Survivor to Entrepreneur: Gendered Dimensions of Microenterprise Development in Peru." Environment and Planning A (1999), 31:251-271.
- "Development vs. Empowerment: The Gendered Legacy of Economic Restructuring in Latin America." Journal of Latin Americanist Geography (1997), 23:119-131.
- "Voices and Visions From the Streets: Gender Interests and Political Participation Among Women Informal Traders in Latin America." Society and Space (1995), 13:445-469.
Chair, Department of Geography, 2006-2008, 2010-2012
Co-chair, Working Group on Student Life, Middle States Reaccreditation Steering Committee, 2006-2008
University Professor, First Year Seminar Program and Distinction & High Distinction Programs, Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, 2002-2005
Interim Chair, Department of Geography, Spring 2000
Coordinator, Latin American Studies Program, 1992-1994
Inter-America Foundation; American Association for the Advancement of Science (Science and Human Rights Coalition); American Association of Geographers; Congress of Latin Americanist Geographers; Panamerican Geography and History Commission of the United States; United Nations Voluntary Fund for the Decade of Women; professional ski instructor (Portillo, Chile)
Colgate University Research Council, Hearst Fellowship, 2013
Mellon Foundation, Sabbatical Enhancement Grant, 2009
Colgate University Research Council, Picker Fellowships, 1994, 2000