My research investigates intersections of indigenous politics, land rights, socio-environmental (in)justice, and law in the context of development and Latin America, with a focus on Paraguay. As a critical human geographer trained in political ecology, critical development studies and cultural geography, I am particularly interested in the uneven effects of development, environmental change, and law on power relations across space, time, and scale. Within this broad framework, I investigate how the law—as a discourse, material practice, and boundary object—is used, contested, or broken by different actors involved in legal struggles for socio-environmental justice.
Most recently, I completed an investigation about how indigenous rights create new territorial orders, governable spaces, and liminal legal geographies that shape the limits and possibilities for self-determination. Using qualitative research, ethnographic methods, and with community collaboration, the study focused on the impacts and continued struggles to implement Inter-American Court of Human Rights decisions regarding Enxet-Sur and Sanapana territorial struggles in the Paraguayan Chaco. This research examines how legal and political-economic forces drive territorial and cultural change by investigating how diverse meanings and practices of territory, property, and land shape the politics and subjectivities of different actors.
Other research projects include investigating how soybean resource politics and more-than-human territorializations impact state formation in addition to a study on the long-term effects of market driven restoration via fair trade yerba mate production on indigenous producers in the Paraguay-Brazil borderlands. I have also been involved in numerous applied development and academic research projects across Paraguay, in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands, and northeastern Kenya.
When not doing research or teaching, I like bicycle touring on "back roads," hanging out in redwood forests, drinking tereré or maté (depending on the weather...), and planting seeds.
PhD Geography, University of Colorado Boudler (2017)
MA Latin American Studies, University of Arizona (2012)
BA Geography, Humboldt State University (2004)
Areas of interest: Indigenous politics, human rights, political ecology, legal geography, critical development studies, agrarian change, global environmental governance, qualitative methods, ethnography, Latin America, Paraguay.
Correia, J. Forthcoming. Soy states: Resource politics, violent environments, and soybean territorializations in Paraguay. The Journal of Peasant Studies.
Correia, J. In review. Indigenous rights at a crossroads: Implementing Inter-American Court of Human Rights judgments and the production of liminal legal geographies. Geoforum.
Introduction to Latin American Studies (LAS 500)
Human Rights in Latin America (LAS 367)