Oona Morrow is a PhD candidate in geography at Clark University. She is currently finishing her dissertation, “Urban Homesteading: Gender and Self-Provisioning in the City,” which examines gendered social relations and diverse economic practices that support lifestyles and livelihoods of urban homesteaders in the Boston area.
Oona is also traveling around New England as a migratory adjunct instructor. This semester, she is teaching a graduate course on social theory and research methods in the Gastronomy (Food Studies) Program at Boston University.
Oona is working on a project with a community researcher to develop handbooks that make community cooperatives more visible and accessible. “For me this is the tip of a much larger project on gender and the cooperative economy of social reproduction, which is greatly inspired by Dolores Hayden’s Grand Domestic Revolution,” she said.
Oona has always been interested in the everday life of cities and the diverse economic practices that unfold in the spaces of everyday life. When asked why feminist geography Oona replied, “Feminist geography allows me to wear all of the different hats that make my research and teaching possible. Although I am constantly on the move and straddling the boundaries between urban geography, economic geography, and food studies, I am always a feminist geographer and I know that I have a disciplinary, political, and theoretical “home” somewhere.”
“Space, Place, and Gender,” a undergraduate course taught by Laura Liu, was her first encounter with feminist geography. But it was “Rethinking economy and economic politics,” a course taught by Julie Graham, that helped Oona understand the connections between economic and feminist politics. “I can’t write a paper or teach a class without asking myself what economic and political reality I am contributing to or what worlds I am making more or less possible. Julie was a tremendous teacher, in our first class I remember her asking us to try to thinking with our hearts as well as our minds. The course was life changing in that it connected me with an incredibly supportive and inspiring group of researchers in The Community Economies Collective,” she said.
Oona’s advice to emerging scholars is to collaborate! “Find people you love sharing ideas with and working with and write together,” she added.
Oona is attending our conference and hope to reconnect with old friends, colleagues, while getting to know new ones!