University of Wisconsin–Madison

Elsa Noterman

Graduate student (Ph.D.)


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

Current Research

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.

Courses Taught

Substitute TA in Environmental Conservation EnvirSt/Geog 339, Fall 2015, Spring 2016
Guest lecture in International Studies 101, Spring 2014 - Solidarity, movement and transformation
Guest lecture in International Studies 101, Spring 2013 - Solidarity, movement and transformation

Recent Publications

Journal Articles & Book Contributions

Noterman, E. (2016). Beyond Tragedy: Differential Commoning in a Manufactured Housing Cooperative. Antipode, 48(2), pp.433-452. DOI: 10.1111/anti.12182

Noterman, E. & Rosenfeld, H. (as The Roestone Collective) (2014). Safe space: towards a reconceptualization. Antipode 46(5): 1346-1365. DOI: 10.1111/anti.12089

Noterman, E. & Pusey, A. (2012). Inside, outside and on the edge of the academy: experiments in radical pedagogies. In Haworth, R. (Ed.) Anarchist Pedagogies: Collective Actions, Theories, and Critical Reflections on Education. Oakland, CA: PM Press.

Book Reviews

Noterman, E. & Rosenfeld, H. (as The Roestone Collective) (2015, May 12). [Review of the book Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence, by Christina B. Hanhardt]. Urban Studies 52(10): 1934-1936. DOI: 10.1177/0042098015586674

Online Publications:

Hanson, L. & Noterman, E. (2015, June 15). In the regents we trust? How autonomy put tenure on the chopping block. Retrieved from

Hanson, L. & Noterman, E. (2015, February 9). What university administrators gain from $300 million in cuts. Retrieved from

Hanson, L., Noterman, E., & Schirmer, E. (2015, February 24). The high price of a public authority in Wisconsin. Retrieved from

Awards and Honors

University of Wisconsin Law School Institute for Legal Studies Law and Society Graduate Fellowship 2016 University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School Conference Presentation Funds 2015 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

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