Alexandre Pires

Alexandre PIRES

Ph.D. Student

Université Paris Cité


alexandre.pires ( at )

Research topics
Urban Studies

Radical Geography – Cultural, Feminist and Marxist perspectives in Economic Geography

Advertising – Body – Gender – Landscape – Public Spaces – Commodification

Géographie-cités • Campus Condorcet
5 cours des Humanités 93322 Aubervilliers cedex

I question how constructing the visibility of feminine bodies within public spaces entangles in producing the economic value of Los Angeles’s metropolitan spaces.

In my thesis, I conduct a cultural geography of visible feminine bodies within the metropolitan landscape of Los Angeles.

By constructing photographic archives, analyzing their pictures, and conducting ethnographic fieldworks, I am exploring the geographic implications of the changing visibility of feminine bodies across the socioeconomic spaces in Los Angeles.

Professional Responsibilities

2022 – … : Visiting Graduate Researcher – Latin American Institute, UCLA

2022 – … : Supervisor of the California Center – Institut des Amériques

2023 : Official Helper for Elsa Devienne et Alison Rose Jefferson’s guided tour about “The Hidden Histories of Los Angeles’ Beaches” – 2023 Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Los Angeles

2022 : Contractor Staff – Workshop of the 2022 International Congress of the International Geographical Union


2022 – … : PhD in Geography under the supervision of Renaud LE GOIX and Pauline GUINARD – Université Paris Cité, Graduate School 624, “Sciences des Sociétés”

“Billboards, representations of feminine bodies, and the production of space in Los Angeles. Analyzing the dialectical interrelation between the construction of stereotypes associated with female bodies and the production of socio-spatial injustices in Los Angeles.” lien

2020 – 2022 : Master Degree in Geography, GéoPrisme – Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne et Université Paris-Cité

2019 – 2020 : Bachelor in Geography – Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

2016 – 2019 : Preparatory Course for Grand Ecoles (CPGE A/L) – Lycée Henri IV

Teaching Activities and Courses

2023-2024 : Teaching Assistant, Université Paris Cité (64h)

  • Global issues, local challenges, “Postmodern Geographies of the City ou Geographies of Post-Modern Cities ? Los Angeles, the Glamour Metropolis in Urban Studies”, Year 3 of Bachelor Degree (4h)
  • Economic Space, Year 2 of Bachelor Degree (48h)
  • Urban and Rural Geographies, Year 1 of Bachelor Degree (12h)

2023-2024 : Chargé d’Enseignement, Université Paris Cité (64h)

  • Economic Space, Year 2 of Bachelor Degree (24h)
  • Introduction to Geography, Year 1 of Bachelor Degree (24h)
  • Urban and Rural Geographies, Year 1 of Bachelor Degree (16h)


Book Reviews

PIRES, A. (2023). Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, Fit Nation: The Gains and Pains of America’s Exercise Obsession (Chicago and London, The University of Chicago Press, 2022, $29.00 cloth, $28.99 ebook). Pp. 443. isbn 978 0 2266 5110 1, 978 0 2266 5124 8. Journal of American Studies, 57(5), 729–731. doi:10.1017/S0021875823000464

Journal Articles

PIRES, A. (2024). Regards croisés Trans-Amériques. Echo des Amériques, 33.


Pires Alexandre, (2024). “Branding the Capital of Beautiful. Exploring the Spatial Semiotics of Feminine Bodies within the Sunset Strip’s Landscape (Los Angeles)”, Material Cultures in Geography 3, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April 17, Honolulu, HI, USA.

Pires Alexandre and Jaouen Lucie, (2023). “Fertile and Beautiful: Alienating Feminine Bodies within Puritanical and Spectacular Fields”, Doctoral Seminar organized by Geographie-cités and PRODIG facilities, December 14, 2023, Campus Condorcet, Aubervilliers, France.

Awards and Fellowships

2024 – Recipient of the Socialist and Critical Geography Student Travel Award at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers

2024 – Recipient of the Paris Gender Institute (IdG) Fellowship for the promotion of Young Research Mobility

2024 – Recipient of the International Mobility Fellowship of the 624 Graduate School, “Sciences des Sociétés”, Université Paris Cité

2022 – Recipient of the 2022 Master’s Thesis Award from the Institut des Amériques