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.

Her new book How to Lose the Hounds: Maroon Geographies and a World beyond Policing (Duke University Press, 2023) explores marronage—the practice of flight from and placemaking beyond slavery—as a guide to police abolition. To learn more about the book, access Winston's Black Agenda Report Book Forum interview with Roberto Sirvent here.

Celeste Winston is a faculty affiliate in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies program at Temple.

Selected Publications

Courses Taught

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