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Levi Gahman

Lecturer | Social, Cultural, and Political Geography
Department of Geography

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"In our dream, children are children, and their work is to be children…"

Zapatista Army of National Liberation

"The essence of revolution is not the struggle for bread; it is the struggle for human dignity. Certainly this includes bread."

Frantz Fanon- (The Wretched of the Earth)


Editor: ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies
Recipient: Antipode Foundation International Workshop Award: “Indigenous Geographies and Caribbean Feminisms”
Affiliate: Transformative Studies Institute (TSI)
Member: Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM)
Postdoctoral Fellow: UBC Centre for Social, Spatial, and Economic Justice (Canada)
Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Studies, University of British Columbia
AAPS Certification. Substance Abuse/Dependency Counseling (State of Kansas)
M.A. Geography (summa cum laude, honors), University of Kansas
B.Sc. Geography (summa cum laude), Pittsburg State University
B.Sc. Psychology (summa cum laude, honors), Pittsburg State University



Levi is a political geographer from Kansas (ancestral Osage territories) who received a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (Gender & Women’s Studies and Human Geography) from the University of British Columbia. His work critically investigates the discursive, material, spatial, and socio-psychological products of global capitalism, ongoing colonialism(s), and hetero-patriarchal social relations. Levi’s current research primarily focuses on rural livelihoods, moral economies, political ecology, and gender justice, as well as the writings of Fanon, Foucault, and feminists ‘from below.’ His teaching efforts strive to be convivial, applied, and praxis-oriented, while his community engagement involves participating in struggles against neoliberalism that seek pathways out of structural violence via mutual aid, autonomous governance, collective work, and anti-capitalist resistance. Levi’s background includes time spent as a sawmill labourer, farmhand, substance abuse/trauma counsellor, disability resource centre facilitator, and community organizer. His present role as a worker in university education is thus one of contradiction and unease, consequently meaning he takes an antagonistic stance towards the inflated status, artificial metrics, and domesticating tendencies of the contemporary academy. Nevertheless, he remains a loyal but stumbling advocate of hope, playfulness, student confidence, and the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle.



GEOG 1132: Intro to Human Geography
GEOG 2105: Discourses of Development
GEOG 2014: Geographies of Food
GEOG 2017: Political Geography / Geopolitics
GEOG 2018: Residential Field School: Tobago
GEOG 3114: Geographies of Migration and Settlement
GEOG 3115: Geographies of Social Justice
GEOG 3120: International Field Course: Guyana
GEOG 6000: Philosophy and Practice of Research in Geography
GEND 7106: Feminist Research Design and Methods



Areas of Interest:
- anti-neoliberalism; autonomist-Marxism; anarcho-communism; decolonial feminisms; critical race, poststructuralist, and queer theories
- critical discourse analysis; photovoice; convivial research; qualitative methods; community-based knowledge production; storytelling
- social psychology; the politics of difference, belonging, & exclusion; governmentality & biopower; critical perspectives on masculinity
- Global North-South divide; structural violence; state repression; border imperialism; empire and domination; settler colonialism
- decolonization; political ecology; food sovereignty; moral economies; critical pedagogy; mutual aid; radical geography; resistance
- liberation movements; autonomy; peasant and migrant struggles; preferential option for the poor and dispossessed; Zapatismo



Affiliate, Transformative Studies Institute (TSI)
Member, Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM)
Participant, CompARTE por la Humanidad

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Selected publications


Gahman, L. (in press). Crip Theory and Country Boys: Masculinity, Dis/Ability, and Place in Rural Southeast Kansas. Annals of the American Association of Geographers.

Gahman, L. (in press). A Moral Economy of the Rebel Peasant: Indigenous Autonomy and Food Sovereignty as Subsistence... ‘from the Mountains of the Mexican Southeast.’ In: J. Duncan. and M. Bailey. (Eds.) Sustainable Food Futures: Multidisciplinary Solutions. Routledge.

Gahman, L. (in press). Gender, Geography, and Embodiment: Neoliberalism and Working Class Masculinity in Rural Kansas. In: M. Kimmel and J.K. Gardiner (Series Ed.) Global Masculinities, C. Walker (Vol. Ed.) Masculinity, Labour, and Neoliberalism. Palgrave Macmillan.

Gahman, L., Chattopadhyay, S., and Watson, J. (Eds.) (accepted) Special Issue: Ecosocialism and Radical Pedagogies in the Everyday Academy. Capitalism, Nature, Socialism.

Gahman, L. (2016). Situating Border Imperialism in Critical Geography. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies. 15(4): Pre-Print.

Gahman, L. (2016). Food Sovereignty in Rebellion: Decolonization, Autonomy, Gender Equity and the Zapatista Solution/Insurgency. In Special Issue: ‘Future Solutions for a Food Secure World.’ J. Duncan and M. Bailey (Eds.) Solutions Journal. 7(4): 67-83.

Gahman, L. (2016). A Lesson in Dismantling Neoliberal Education, from the Zapatistas. Reflections on a Revolution. Spring Edition, April Release.

Gahman, L. (2015). Zapatismo Versus The Neoliberal University: Towards a Pedagogy Against Oblivion. In: S. Springer, R.J. White, M. Lopes de Souza (Eds.). The Radicalization of Pedagogy: Anarchism, Geography, and the Spirit of Revolt. Roman and Littlefield.

Gahman, L. (2015). White Settler Society as Monster: Rural Southeast Kansas, Ancestral Osage (Wah-Zha-Zhi) Territories, and the Violence of Forgetting. Antipode, 48(2): 314-335.

Gahman, L., Hjalmarson, E., Bunn, R., Cohen, A., and Terbasket, E. (2015). Race, Food, and Borders: Situating Migrant Struggle in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.  5(4): 77-82.

Gahman, L. (2014). Gun Rites: Hegemonic Masculinity and Neoliberal Ideology in Rural Kansas, Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 22(9): 1203-1219.

Gahman, L. Nunn, N. and Berg, L.D. (2014). Neoliberalism, Masculinities, and Academic Knowledge Production: Towards a theory of academic masculinities, In: A. Gorman-Murray and P. Hopkins (Eds.). Masculinities and Place. Farnham, UK, USA: Ashgate.

Gahman, L. (2014). Locked Arms and Open Hearts: Students from the Okanagan Valley Mobilize for Ayotzinapa. Briarpatch. Fall Edition.

Gahman, L. (2014). Zapatistas Mourn a Death and Begin a New Cycle of Building. Americas Program: A New World of Action and Communication Through Social Change. Summer release.

Gahman, L. (2014). Death of a Zapatista: Neoliberalism’s Assault on Indigenous Autonomy. Cultural Survival. Spring Edition.



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