Lorena Munoz

Professor Muñoz is an urban/cultural geographer whose research focuses on the intersections of place, space, gender, sexuality, health and race. Dr. Munoz’s transdisciplinary research agenda has been focused on Latinas/os in the global south, particularly in the areas the (in)formal economy, labor, health and productive/transformative agency. Dr. Munoz’s is currently working on two interdisciplinary, collaborative, comparative projects. The first project is a study of informal systems of access to food, labor and health in three different urban populations of migrant and immigrant laborers in the Global South: Colombia, Mexico, and the U.S. This project examines how street vending in the shadows of large-scale neoliberal development projects in (im)migrant receiving centers becomes both a sustainable mechanism of livelihood and a gendered delivery system of food, goods, and healing remedies for migrant laborers in Bogotá and Cancún and Latino immigrants in Los Angeles. The project focuses on the intersection of food, health and labor in relation to street vending as well as food-way systems. The second project is a comparative study on immigration and the impact of family separations in South Africa and the United States.