LaToya Eaves, PhD
Dr. LaToya E. Eaves (PhD 2014) is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), joining the faculty in August 2020. Prior to arriving at UTK, Eaves worked at Middle Tennessee State University, where she served as Assistant Professor and founding faculty member in the Department of Global Studies & Human Geography. In her research, Eaves develops and applies a uniquely geographic perspective to the study of race, gender, and sexuality—all with an un-flinching commitment to social and spatial justice and establishing collaborative relationships between researchers and communities. In September 2020, Eaves was awarded a research grant from the NSF, for which she serves as PI, to study the role of African American History Museums as part of a critical race perspective on civic engagement and heritage tourism in the United States. Eaves’ work has appeared in the Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Dialogues in Human Geography, Geoforum, Gender, Place & Culture, and Southeastern Geographer.
Eaves’ is active in the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA). She previously served as Co-Chair of the NWSA’s Women of Color Leadership Caucus. She was recently elected a National Councilor and serves as Treasurer (2020-2022) of the AAG. Additionally, she serves on the Harassment-Free AAG Task Force, which has been responsible for some ground-breaking policies and protections in the field. Eaves is perhaps most prominently known as the founder of the AAG Black Geographies Specialty Group (BGSG). She served as the inaugural Chair from 2017-2020 and co-chaired the 2018 Black Geographies conference theme at the 2018 AAG New Orleans Meeting. In recognition of her service to the discipline, Eaves received two of the AAG’s most coveted awards: the 2019 Ronald F. Abler Distinguished Service Honors and the 2019 AAG Enhancing Diversity Award.