Symon James-Wilson, MA Student


Home Campus:
U of T St. George

Other Degrees:
HBA with High Distinction in Human Geography, University of Toronto
BEd in Elementary Education, University of Toronto/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Honours & Awards:
Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s Program, SSHRC (2018-2019)
Neptis Foundation Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Geography (2017-2018)
University of Toronto Faculty of Arts and Science Master's Recruitment Award (2017)
U of T Graduate Geography and Planning Student Society (GGAPSS) Endowed Bursary (2018)
U of T Department of Geography and Planning Zehra Alpar Scholarship (2016)
U of T Department of Geography and Planning Ben Shidman Scholarship (2015)
University of Toronto Scholars Program (2013)

Deborah Cowen

Contact Information:

Research Interests:

My MA thesis project investigates historical and contemporary geographies of school segregation in the United States, with particular attention to racialized communities’ critical interventions in urban and suburban spaces of educational inequity. I have previously conducted research on the educational geographies of female migrant domestic worker training programs in Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines, and on the social and environmental impacts of resource extractive industries in Guyana. Broadly, my research interests include:

  • Critical Geographies of Education
  • Black Geographies
  • Urban Geography
  • Feminist Geography
  • Carceral Geographies
  • Infrastructure Studies
  • Migration and Mobility Studies

Selected Publications:

Select Publications:

  • James-Wilson, S. (In press). “Technological Transformation: Female Migrant Domestic Workers’ Communication Strategies in Singapore.” In Eds. D. Cowen, E. Paradis, B. Story, & A. Mitchell, Infrastructures of Citizenship: Digital Life in the Global City. Montréal, QC: Queens-McGill Press.
  • Silvey, R., James-Wilson, S., & Arviv, T. (In press). “Migration, Gender, and Cities,” In Ed. A.M. Ordum, Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell.
  • James-Wilson, S. (2016). “Borderless Land? Mapping Race, Representation, and Resistance to the Australian National Project.” Toronto, ON: Landmarks U of T Undergraduate Geography Journal.
  • James-Wilson, S. (2014). “Concrete Classroom: Reflections on New York City Human Geography Field Course.” Toronto, ON: GEOPLAN Magazine of the U of T Department of Geography and Planning.

Select Conference Paper Presentations:

  • “Mobilizing Confinement: Carceral Urban Geographies of Education and the School-to-Prison Pipeline.” Canadian Association of Geographers- Ontario Division Annual Conference (2018).
  • “Educational Place-making as a Form of Resistance: Examining the Educational Geographies of School (De)segregation in Rochester, NY’s Urban-Suburban Interdistrict Transfer Program.” Association of American Geographers Annual General Meeting (2018).
  • “From Climate Adaptation to Social Reproductive Resistance: Examining the Gender-Climate-Labour Migration Nexus in Southeast Asian Mobilizations of Environmental Justice.” York University Centre for Refugee Studies Student Caucus Conference on the Production of Forced Migration (2016).
  • “Spatializing Pedagogy: Im/mobilties of Migrant Domestic Worker Education Systems in Transnational Care Regimes.” Im/mobility and Care Work: Social Reproduction and Migrant Families Conference at the University of Toronto’s Asian Institute (2016).
  • “Conceptualizing Migration Management Through Geographies of Transformative Education.” Association of American Geographer’s Annual General Meeting (2016).


Research Clusters:
Cities and Everyday Life, Political Spaces