Victoria Lawson is a Professor in the Department of Geography, Director of the Honors Program, co-Director of the Relational Poverty Network and Adjunct Professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, at the University of Washington. She is also a faculty affiliate of the West Coast Poverty Center. Lawson is past president of the Association of American Geographers and former chair of the Department of Geography at UW.
Lawson received her Ph.D. in Geography from the Ohio State University in 1986. Her work draws on relational poverty studies and feminist care ethics to collaborate in building alternative understandings of impoverishment and social alliances to address inequality. Lawson's early research analyzed the social and political effects of austerity programs, gendered migration and informal work in Ecuador. More recent research projects focus on race, place and constructions of rural poverty in the Pacific Northwest and on the forms and potentials of middle class poverty politics across the Americas, including explorations of the possibilities for new poverty politics and alliances. She is the author of numerous articles and three books, including most recently, a volume in progress titled ‘Relational Poverty Politics’ under review at University of Georgia Press.
Lawson’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation, among others. She has received recognition for her research and teaching work, including, most recently, the University of Washington's Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award. Lawson also works closely with graduate students, a graduate research associate who supports the relational poverty network and the Institute for Global Engagement at the University of Washington, Tacoma where she serves as a member of their Community Engagement Board.
- Lawson, V., Elwood, S., Daigle, M., González Mendoza, Y., Gutiérrez Garza, A., Herrera, J., Kohl, E., Lewis, J., McCutcheon, P., Ramírez, M. Reddy, C. 2023. Abolishing Poverty: Towards Pluriverse Futures and Politics. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.
- Lawson, V. and Elwood, S. 2018. Relational Poverty Politics: Forms, Struggles, Possibilities. University of Georgia Press.
- 2017. Elwood, S., Lawson, V., Sheppard, E. Geographical relational poverty studies. Progress in Human Geography 41(6): 745 – 765.
- Elwood, S., Lawson, V., Nowak, S. "Negotiating Poverty and Privilege: Middle class place-making and poverty politics" The Annals of the Association of American Geographers 105(1): 123-143
- Elwood, Sarah, Victoria Lawson, and Samuel Nowak. "Middle-Class Poverty Politics: Making Place, Making People." Annals of the Association of American Geographers 105, no. 1 (2015): 123-43.
- Peck, Jamie, Massey, Doreen, Gibson, Katherine, and Lawson, Victoria. "Symposium: The Kilburn Manifesto: After Neoliberalism?" Environment & Planning A 46, no. 9 (2014): 2033-049.
- Lawson, Victoria, and Sarah Elwood. "Encountering Poverty: Space, Class, and Poverty Politics." Antipode46, no. 1 (2014): 209-28.
- Solís, Patricia, JoyK. Adams, LeslieA. Duram, Susan Hume, Al Kuslikis, Victoria Lawson, InesM. Miyares, DavidA. Padgett, and Alexander Ramírez. "Diverse Experiences in Diversity at the Geography Department Scale." The Professional Geographer 66, no. 2 (2014): 205-20.
- Lawson, Victoria. "Geographies of care and responsibility." Annals of the Association of American Geographers 97.1 (2007): 1-11.
- Matthew Sparke and Victoria Lawson, 2003, “Entrepreneurial Political Geographies of the Global-Local Nexus,” in John Agnew, Katharyne Mitchell and Gerard O Tuathail, eds., A Companion to Political Geography, Oxford: Blackwell, pages 315 - 334.
- Nagar, Richa, Victoria Lawson, Linda McDowell, and Susan Hanson. "Locating globalization: Feminist (re) readings of the subjects and spaces of globalization*." Economic Geography 78, no. 3 (2002): 257-284.
- Lawson, Victoria A. "Arguments within geographies of movement: the theoretical potential of migrants' stories." Progress in Human Geography 24, no. 2 (2000): 173-189.
- Silvey, Rachel, and Victoria Lawson. "Placing the migrant." (1999): 121-132.
Geog 230 'Geographies of Global Inequality'
Geog 331 'Global Poverty and Care'
Honors 397B Care, Poverty and Citizenship
Geog 432 'Geographies and Politics of Poverty and Privilege'
Geog 502 'Professional Writing Seminar'
Geog 533 'Globalizing Care and Responsibility'
Geog 542 ' Reframing Poverty'
- Unlearning Poverty - July 8, 2021
- Unlearning Poverty - June 15, 2021
- Unlearning Poverty - May 19, 2021
- ‘2020: The Course’ ponders the meaning of this unusual year - November 2, 2020
- Geographers in the News - February 26, 2018
- What the bond between homeless people and their pets demonstrates about compassion - July 16, 2017
- Yolanda Valencia receives GO-MAP Dissertation Fellowship - July 9, 2017
- Bellingham City Club Presentation: The Poor are Us: Middle Class Poverty Politics - February 9, 2016
- From the Chair, Summer 2015 - June 29, 2015
- Spotlight on Geography Undergraduate Honors Thesis Projects - June 2, 2015
- Shedding light on complexities of poverty - May 28, 2015
- Relational Poverty Network and Profs. Sarah Elwood & Vicky Lawson featured in UW Today! - May 21, 2015
- Vicky Lawson integrates social justice as Honors Program director - October 2, 2014
- Vicky Lawson on Global Poverty - August 1, 2014
- Geographers Discuss the Kilburn Manifesto at Annual Meeting of the AAG - April 16, 2014
- West Coast Poverty Center (WCPC) Seminar by Vicky Lawson and Sarah Elwood - November 13, 2013
- Congratulations to Drs. Elwood and Lawson for their Recent NSF Research Coordination Network Grant! - February 26, 2013
- Katz Distinguished Lecture: Vicky Lawson - October 8, 2012