Wright, Melissa


Associate Professor in Geography and in the Program on Women's Studies

Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University (Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering), 1997.

B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard-Radcliffe College, 1987.

Faculty member since 2000.


Melissa W. Wright studies the dynamics linking cultural and economic processes. Her research is based primarily in Mexico and along the Mexico-U.S. border. She has also conducted fieldwork in southern China and in Hong Kong. Her recent work has focused on the emergence of an international social movement that protests violence against women along the Mexico-U.S. border. Another project has examined the meaning and practice of corporate citizenship. She is starting a new project on environmental contamination and community health initiatives in the binational border region.


Dr. Wright teaches in both geography and in women's studies. Graduate courses include:

  • Introduction to Political Economy
  • Global Feminisms
  • The Social Construction of Knowledge: A Methodological Debate
  • Global Urbanization
  • Introduction to Feminist Theory

Contact Dr. Wright by email.

Selected Publications

2006 Disposable Women and Other Myths of Global Capitalism. New York and London: Routledge.

2005 "The Paradoxes of Protests: The Mujeres de Negro of Northern Mexico," Gender, Place and Culture 12 (3): 277-292.

2004 "The Private Parts of Public Value: The regulation of women workers in China's export-processing zones." In Joan W. Scott and Debra Keates (Eds) Going Public: Feminism and the Shifting Private Sphere. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, p. 99-122.

2004 "From Protests to Politics: Sex work, women's worth and Ciudad Juárez modernity," Annals of the Association of American Geographers 94 (2): 369-386.

2003 "Factory Daughters and Chinese Modernity: A case from Dongguan," Geoforum 34 (3): 291-301.

2001 "Desire and the Prosthetics of Supervision: A case of maquiladora flexibility," Cultural Anthropology 16 (3): 354-373.

2001 "Asian Spies, American Motors and Speculations on the Space- Time of Value," Environment and Planning: A. 33 (12): 2175-2188.

2001 "A Manifesto Against Femicide," Antipode 33:3, 550-566.

2001 "Global Firms, Masculine Heroes and the Reproduction of Ciudad Juárez," Social Text 69: 93-114.

1999 "The Politics of Relocation: Gender, Nationality and Value in the Maquiladoras," Environment and Planning A: 1601-1617.

1999 "The Dialectics of Still Life: Murder, Women and Maquiladoras," Public Culture 11: 453-474.

1998 "Maquiladora Mestizas and a Feminist Border Politics: Revisiting Anzaldúa," Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, 13:3, 114-131.

1997 "Crossing the Factory Frontier: Gender, Place and Power in a Mexican maquiladora" Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography, 29:3, 278-302.