Situated at the crossroads of political ecology, development studies, and Indigenous politics, my applied research seeks to understand how extra-local political and economic processes—like international Indigenous rights mechanisms, environmental laws, and global commodity production and exchange—influence local struggles for social and environmental justice. I conduct ethnographic research in collaboration with community partners to investigate questions of indigenous politics, land rights, socio-environmental (in)justice, and law in the context of development and Latin America, with a focus on human rights. As a human geographer trained in political ecology, critical development studies, cultural geography, and applied anthropology, I am particularly interested in the uneven effects of development, environmental change, and law on human-environment relations and power relations across space, time, and scale.
Most recently, I completed a long-term 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, soical and environmental justice, political ecology, legal geography, critical development studies, agrarian change, global environmental governance, qualitative action research methods, ethnography, Latin America, Paraguay.
Correia, J. Forthcoming. Adjudication and its aftereffects: A legal geography of Inter-American Court decisions regarding the land rights of Exnet and Sanapana indigenous peoples. Erasmus Law Review.
Correia, J. Revised and Resubmitted. Indigenous rights at a crossroads: Implementing Inter-American Court of Human Rights judgments and the production of liminal legal geographies. Geoforum.
Correia, J. 2017. Soy states: Resource politics, violent environments, and soybean territorializations in Paraguay. The Journal of Peasant Studies, Published online November 2017, https://doi.org/10.1080/03066150.2017.1384726.
Introduction to Latin American Studies (LAS 500)
Human Rights in Latin America (LAS 367)
Drug Wars and Oil Fortunes in Latin America (LAS-ANTH-POL 348)
Power, Politics, and Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon (LAS-GEOG 480/580)