Sharlene Mollett is an Associate Professor cross-appointed with the Department of Human Geography, Centre for Critical Development Studies and the Graduate Program in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. As a feminist political ecologist and cultural geographer, her work interrogates multiple forms of power shaping land conflicts in Latin America. Drawing insights from postcolonial, decolonial and critical feminist/racial studies in the Americas, Mollett examines the multiple ways race, gender and sexuality shape natural resource conflicts and land control embedded in a variety of international development projects, namely, protected area management, land registration and residential tourism development in Central America.
Broadly, her interests include how place-specific representations and meanings of race, gender and sexuality shape the lives of Indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, and campesinos and their relations with each other, the state and elites. Mollett has published widely in a variety of top-tier geography and regional journals such as the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Antipode, Latin American Research Review, Gender, Place and Culture and Cultural Geographies. She currently holds the award and corresponding title, Distinguished Professor in Feminist Cultural Geography, Nature and Society at the University of Toronto, 2020-2024. In February 2021, Mollett will join the editorial team at Social and Cultural Geography.