Emily R Mitchell-Eaton

Emily Mitchell-Eaton

Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Dodd Annex Rm 7


B.A. Smith College (2006)
M.P.A. Syracuse University (2011)
Ph.D. Syracuse University (2016)

Areas of Expertise

As a feminist geographer interested in mobility and migration, Dr. Mitchell-Eaton explores how racial meanings, laws and policies, military infrastructures, and emotions travel through space and over time. In particular, her work examines how U.S. empire creates diasporas that stretch to unexpected places. Her book manuscript, tentatively titled New Destinations of Empire: Imperial Migration from the Marshall Islands to Northwest Arkansas, explores comparative racial formations and forms of imperial citizenship, exposing the U.S. military’s sustained impacts in the Pacific Islands and on immigrant-receiving communities elsewhere.


Dr. Mitchell-Eaton’s more recent work engages feminist theories and methods to map geographies of death, birth, care, and disability. One new project, Dying in Diaspora, traces circuits of grief and toxicity as experienced by people in nuclear diasporas. A second project, Geographies of Postpartum Care/Work in the Neoliberal U.S Academy, asks how postpartum rights in higher education can be struggled over—and won—using the frameworks of workers’ rights, reproductive justice, and disability justice. This project is being supported by the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center in 2020-21. Dr. Mitchell-Eaton’s work has also been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Association of Geographers, and the journal of Human Geography and has been published in Political Geography, Society and Space, International Migration Review, Gender, Place & Culture, and Great Plains Quarterly.


Dr. Mitchell-Eaton earned a Ph.D. in Geography with a specialization in Women’s & Gender Studies. She also holds a Master in Public Administration and a BA in Latin American Studies and Portuguese & Brazilian Studies. Before coming to Williams, Dr. Mitchell-Eaton held positions as the McGill Fellow in International Studies at Trinity College and the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Non-citizenship at UC Santa Cruz. Most recently, she was a visiting faculty member at Bennington College.