Black Geographies; Black Feminism; Racial Capitalism; Carceral Geographies; Police Abolition; Marronage; Migrant Diasporas; Critical GIS



Celeste Winston's research explores spatially interconnected struggles around structural racial, economic, and gender violence. Her work aims to generate evidence of and for more livable and equitable geographies. She uses critical qualitative and mapping methods—often in collaboration with community organizations and leaders. She received a PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences in 2019 from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

She is currently working on a book project, How to Lose the Hounds: Maroon Geographies and a World Beyond Policing, exploring connections between slavery-era and more contemporary Black flight from and place-making beyond racial police violence. Celeste Winston is a faculty affiliate in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies program at Temple.

Selected Publications

  • Winston, Celeste. (2021) “Maroon Geographies.” Annals of the American Association of Geographers.
  • Winston, Celeste. (forthcoming) “Black Ground Truths and Police Abolition.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.
  • Winston, Celeste. 2020. “The everyday Black life of abolition.” Black Perspectives. African American Intellectual History Society.

Courses Taught

  • Space and Place
  • Black Geographies
  • Police, Prisons, Pollution
  • Gender, Race, Class and the City