David Correia

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David Correia
ResidenceAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Alma materUniversity of Iowa
Scientific career
FieldsGeography, American studies
InstitutionsUniversity of New Mexico

David Correia is an American scholar and activist, and an associate professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico, where his classes focus on the relationship between culture, politics, and the environment.

Education and career[edit]

Correia completed his undergraduate study in Anthropology at the University of Iowa and earned a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Kentucky in 2006. Prior to his current appointment at the University of New Mexico, Correia taught at the University of Maine.[1]

In 2012 Correia was the recipient of the University of New Mexico's "Arts and Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence."[2]


Correia has been frequently quoted and interviewed regarding police reform in the city of Albuquerque.[3] Albuquerque police have killed 27 people since 2010.[4] In April 2014, the Justice Department issued a report, based on a long investigation, castigating the Albuquerque Police Department for engaging in "an unconstitutional pattern or practice of excessive force, including deadly force."[5]

On June 2, 2014 Correia and some two dozen other protesters participated in a non-violent sit-in at the office of Mayor Richard Berry.[6] The demonstration was organized in response to the ongoing Albuquerque police shootings, including the April 21 killing of 19-year-old Mary Hawkes and the May 3 death of Armand Martin.[7]

Thirteen protesters were arrested at the June 2 sit-in, including Correia, who was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer. Fellow protesters disputed the charges, claiming that "Correia had his arms by his side and attempted to walk past the guard, who then bumped him against a wall."[8] Video taken during the protest seems to corroborate Correia's claim to innocence.[9] Correia pleaded not guilty and the case was reviewed by the District Attorney.[10] The charges were later dropped.[11]

Since his arrest, Correia has received support from the American Association of University Professors, the Association of American Geographers, and a Change.org petition which has collected upwards of 4,000 signatures.[12][13]


In 2013 Correia published Properties of Violence: Law and Land Grant Struggle in Northern New Mexico which traces the story of the much-contested Tierra Amarilla land grant from its origins in 1832 to the present day. According to the publisher, the book "provocatively suggests that violence is not the opposite of property but rather is essential to its operation."[14] Properties of Violence has garnered nearly universally positive reviews.[15] MacArthur "genius grant" recipient]] Don Mitchell called the book "engaged, critical, historical geography as it ought to be done."[16]

Correia also writes extensively on questions of environmental and economic justice for the local alternative press.[17] He penned the manifesto of the environmental blog La Jicarita, subtitled "Environmental Politics as if People Really Mattered," describing the site as striving to be a "place where radical political action can be considered and debated" and one that rejects "the bourgeois notion that the individual is the privileged political actor in society," arguing instead for collective efforts to save the environment.[18] In a 2009 article for Counterpunch he denounced the New Mexico chapter of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners for engaging in "cutthroat, corporate unionism" over the group's use of day laborers as strikebreakers during strikes and pickets against New Mexico businesses.[19]

In an article for Capitalism Nature Socialism about geographer Jared Diamond titled "F**k Jared Diamond" Correia opines that Diamond's Pulitzer Prize winning book Guns, Germs and Steel was "dull," and "chockfull of the bad and the worse, the random and the racist." Correia's critique stems from his assertion that Diamond "develops an argument about human inequality based on a determinist logic that reduces social relations such as poverty, state violence, and persistent social domination, to inexorable outcomes of geography and environment."[20]


  • Correia, David (2007). "The sustained yield forest management act and the roots of environmental conflict in Northern New Mexico". Geoforum. 38 (5): 1040–1051. ISSN 0016-7185.
  • Correia, David (2008). ""Rousers of the Rabble" in the New Mexico land grant war: La Alianza Federal De Mercedes and the violence of the state". Antipode. 40 (4): 561–583. ISSN 0066-4812.
  • Correia, David (2009). "Making destiny manifest: United States territorial expansion and the dispossession of two Mexican property claims in New Mexico, 1824-1899". Journal of Historical Geography. 35 (1): 87–103. ISSN 0305-7488.
  • Correia, David (2013). Properties of Violence: Law and Land Grant Struggle in Northern New Mexico. Athens: University of Georgia Press. ISBN 9780820345826.
  • Correia, David (2015). "David L. Caffey. Chasing the Santa Fe Ring: power and privilege in territorial New Mexico". Natural Resources Journal. 4: 927. ISSN 0028-0739.
  • Correia, David (2018). Police: a Field Guide. Verso Books. ISBN 9781786630148.


  1. ^ "David Correia". unm.edu. University of New Mexico. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Teaching Awards Announced". unm.edu. University of New Mexico. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  3. ^ Price, V.B. (7 April 2014). "David Correia on APD". newmexicomercury.com. Insight New Mexico.
  4. ^ St. Germain, Justin (2 August 2014). "Goodbye Albuquerque, Land of Violence". New York Times.
  5. ^ Jennings, Trip (3 June 2014). "Protesters Cite New Details of Albuquerque Police Shooting as Reason for Rally". New York Times.
  6. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/03/albuquerque-protests-police-violence
  7. ^ Jennings, Trip (3 June 2014). "Albuquerque campaign against police violence intensifies at chaotic protest". The Guardian.
  8. ^ Jennings, Trip (3 June 2014). "Albuquerque campaign against police violence intensifies at chaotic protest". The Guardian.
  9. ^ "The Initial Confrontation with Correia and Police Captured on Video Contradicts Arrest Claims". YouTube.
  10. ^ Staley, Dean (9 June 2014). "Video shows UNM professor's arrest". KRQE-TV.
  11. ^ "Correia: 'dropped charges justify protest'". dailylobo. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  12. ^ "AAUP Letter of Support". AAUP. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  13. ^ "AAG Letter of Support". AAG. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  14. ^ "Properties of Violence". University of Georgia Press. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  15. ^ Correia, David. "Properties of Violence". University of New Mexico. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  16. ^ Mitchell, Don. "Book Review – 'Properties of Violence: Law and Land Grant Struggle in Northern New Mexico'". Antipode.
  17. ^ Correia, David. "Research". University of New Mexico. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  18. ^ Correia, David (February 2012). "Manifesto". La Jicarita. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  19. ^ Correia, David (11 September 2009). "Welcome to the Business-Friendly Carpenter's Union". Counterpunch. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  20. ^ Correia, David (16 October 2013). "F**k Jared Diamond". Capitalism Nature Socialism. 24 (4): 1–6. doi:10.1080/10455752.2013.846490. ISSN 1045-5752.