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Elsa Noterman

Graduate student (Ph.D.)

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Past Education

MA, Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014
BA, Political Science, Haverford College, 2006

Research Areas

The commons; commoning; property; critical and feminist geographies; social reproduction; affordable housing; critical pedagogy; social movements and activism


My current research focuses on the socio-spatial struggles involved in the ongoing development and management of multiple material and immaterial commons. Specifically, I examine the differential ways that people understand and interact with shared resources across space and over time.

My master's research explored the commoning - 'the doing of the commons' - in manufactured housing (also known as mobile homes or trailers) communities in New Hampshire and Wisconsin, where residents formed shared-equity cooperatives in response to the precarity of their housing.


Guest lecture in International Studies 101, Spring 2014 - Solidarity, movement and transformation
Guest lecture in International Studies 101, Spring 2013 - Solidarity, movement and transformation


Journal/Book Publications:

Beyond tragedy: differential commoning in a manufactured housing cooperative. Antipode (forthcoming).

Book review - Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence. Urban Studies 52(10): 1934-1936, with Heather Rosenfeld (as The Roestone Collective), 2015.

Safe space: towards a reconceptualization. Antipode 46(5): 1346-1365, with Heather Rosenfeld (as The Roestone Collective), 2014.

Inside, outside and on the edge of the academy: experiments in radical pedagogies. In: Haworth, R. (2012) Anarchist Pedagogies: Collective Actions, Theories, and Critical Reflections on Education. PM Press, with Andre Pusey.

Online Publications:

In the regents we trust? How autonomy put tenure on the chopping block. Reclaim UC, with Lenora Hanson, June 2015.

What university administrators gain from $300 million in cuts.Reclaim UC, with Lenora Hanson, February 2015.

The high price of a public authority in Wisconsin. Remaking the University, with Lenora Hanson and Eleni Shirmer, February 2015.

Awards and Honors

Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship 2015
Trewartha/Odebolt Travel Award 2013, 2015
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program 2013
Chancellor's Opportunity Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2012
University Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2012
Stephen H. Miller Memorial Award, Haverford College 2006

Contact Information

Website: https://wisc.academia.edu/ElsaNoterman

Office: 544 Science Hall

Email: : noterman@wisc.edu