Dr. Walker examines the intersections between cultural production, economic restructuring and national identity in the Global South. At the forefront of her research agenda is a focus on urban change and identity in Latin America. Underpinning this are changes in the cultural, political, and economic landscape of Mexico, including economic protectionism, the agrarian movement, religion, migration, and the cultural industries. Her recent research assesses the impacts of these shifts on the border city of Tijuana. In order to illuminate how localities are transformed through shifting North American geopolitical relations, Professor Walker’s current project assesses the impacts of narco-violence on non-profit organizations on the US-Mexico border—research that is funded in part by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.
Dr. Walker earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Kentucky.