Isaac Rivera (Chicanx) is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Washington, research associate at the Relational Poverty Network (RPN), and council member at the Fourth World Center for the Study of Indigenous Law and Politics. His research and teaching interests include digital geographies, abolition geography, political geography, critical cartography & GIS, racial capitalism, settler colonialism, politics of knowledge production, social movements, and environmental justice. Isaac conducts research projects ranging from Indigenous self-determination struggles in Nicaragua, India, Ghana, and at Oceti Sakowin, to questions of environmental injustice and development in his home town of Denver, Colorado. His dissertation research investigates the enmeshment of digitality in racial capitalism and settler colonialism, and its impacts for how we understand past, present and future liberations; mediated knowledge production; and Indigenous peoples' self-determination.
He received his BA and MA in Geography from the University of Colorado Denver. He holds additional certificates in Geographic Information Science and Development Studies. He is currently a PhD Candidate in Geography under the advisement of Sarah Elwood (Chair), Megan Ybarra, Victoria Lawson, Jean Dennison, and Anna Hoffman. He is also enrolled in the American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) Graduate Certificate program at the University of Washington.
From 2020-2021 he will be a AIIS (American Indian & Indigenous Studies Scholar) at the Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the University of Washington.
From 2021-2022 he will be a CLIP Fellow with the Comparative History of Ideas program at the University of Washington.