Urban Geography, Feminist Geography, Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory, Urban Social Theory, Social Action Research, Urban Labor Markets, Urban Poverty, Societal Dimensions of Information and Communication Technologies, Social Movements


My research interests are in areas of urban geography, feminist and critical race studies, and social action research. I have approached these broad and interconnected fields through theoretically informed, empirical research examining how urban and economic processes construct, and are constructed by relations of power and inequality.

My current research examines the relationships among access to information and communication technology (ICT), poor women’s economic opportunities, and poor people’s community-based organizing from a feminist geographical perspective. This research focuses on the relationships among access to information and communication technologies (ICTs); economic, educational, and health disparities; and poor people’s community-based organizing in the United States.

My research has been supported by the Fulbright Commission, the National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. My research has been published in journals such as the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, the Professional Geographer, Urban Geography, Geoforum, Transactions in GIS, and Information, Communication & Society. I received my PhD (1994) and MA (1991) from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University and a MA (1988) in Urban and Regional Studies from the University of Sussex

I currently serve as Chair of the Department of Geography and Urban Studies and Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities. I serve on the editorial board of Geographical Review. I have served as Treasurer and National Councillor of the Association of American Geographers and Director of the Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium. I received the 2011 Jan Monk Service Award for contributions to the advancement of women and feminist geography in the discipline and the broader public.

I have also worked with a number of community organizations related to economic empowerment and digital inequalities. I am currently Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Lower Merion School District in suburban Philadelphia and a former member of the Montgomery County Planning Commission Board in Pennsylvania.

Selected Publications

  • Gilbert, M. and Masucci, M. (2011) Information and Communication Technology Geographies: Strategies for Bridging the Digital Divide. University of British Columbia, Canada: Praxis (e)Press. Available Free as a downloadable PDF file.
  • Halford, S., Savage M., and Gilbert, M. Editors (2010) Technical Capital and Social Inequalities Special Issue. Information, Communication & Society. 13(7):937-1059.
  • Gilbert, M. (2010) Theorizing Digital and Urban Inequalities: Critical Geographies of “Race”, Gender and Technological Capital. Information, Communication & Society. 13(7): 1000-1018.
  • Gilbert, M. (2010) Social Justice and Web Science: Theory, Praxis and Everyday Life. In: Proceedings of the WebSci10: Extending the Frontiers of Society On-Line, April 26-27th, 2010, Raleigh, NC: US.
  • Gilbert, M. (2010) Place, Space, and Agency: Moving Beyond the Homogenous Ghetto. Urban Geography. 31(2): 148-152.

Courses Taught

  • History and Theory of Urban Studies
  • “Race,” Class, Gender and the City
  • Employment and Poverty in the Changing Urban Economy
  • Urban Policy Analysis