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Graduate Advising:

I advise graduate students in political geography generally. I am particularly interested in students whose work is on political borders, migration, sovereignty, and the state system. My regional expertise is in South Asia, however, I am willing to take on students with similar thematic interests irrespective of their regional focus. Please send me an informal email describing your potential research interests if you are considering applying to graduate school at the University of Hawai`i.

Current Graduate Students:

Primary advisor:

Dylan Beatty (PhD Geography) Topic: The Geopolitics of the Spratly Islands
Md. Azmeary Ferdoush (PhD Geography) Topic: India-Bangladesh Border Enclaves
Kyle Kajihiro (PhD Geography) Topic: Pearl Harbor and the 'Lost Geography' of US Empire
Borjana Lubura-Winchester (PhD Geography) Topic: Migrant Experiences in the Balkans
Kawelau Wright (PhD Geography) Topic: Land during the Territorial Period, Hawai'i

Committee member:

Micah Fisher (PhD Geography)
Phianphachong Inarat (PhD Anthropology)
Sophie Kim (PhD Political Science)
Guanpei Ming (PhD Political Science)
Tomoaki Morikawa (PhD American Studies)
Angkana Rawichituan (PhD Geography)
Nathalie Rita (PhD Sociology)
Sayaka Sakuma (PhD Geography)
Benjamin Schrager (PhD Geography)
Henryk Szadziewski (PhD Geography)
Desiree Simandjuntak (PhD Geography)

Completed Theses/Dissertations as primary advisor:

Salvatore Saluga (MA 2018 Geography) Topic: Samoan Football Migration

Dylan Beatty (MA 2015 Geography) Topic: The Geopolitics of the Spratly Islands

Nick Cosmas (MA 2015 Geography) Topic: Thailand-Malaysia Border

Hillary Strasser (MA 2015 Geography) Topic: Geopolitics of Resources in Myanmar - Winner of the 2015 Wiens Award

Jaya Reinhalter (MA 2014 Geography) Topic: Intentional Communities: Place-based Articulations of Social Critique

Kyle Kajihiro (MA 2014 Geography)Becoming Pearl Harbour: A 'Lost Geography' of American Empire - Winner of the 2014 Wiens Award

Borjana Lubura-Winchester (MA 2013 Geography)Topic: Humanitarian Intervention in Libya: Fighting for Human Rights or Regime Change? (Role: Advisor)

Jay Ireland (MA 2013 Geography) Event, Representation, and Immigration: The Political Discourse of Arizona's SB 1070

Kuan-Chi Wang (MA 2013 Geography) Techno-production Network and Edamame Trade between Taiwan and Japan

Brandon Barbour (MA 2011 Geography) Thesis title - Narative, the Event, and Identity Categories in Xinjiang Winner of the 2012 Wiens Award

Thomas Belfield (MA 2011Geography) Thesis title - Jakarta: Of Other Spaces

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Courses Taught:


Geography 151: Geography and Contemporary Society

This course provides an introduction to the field of human geography by analyzing the contemporary process of globalization. Does globalization mean the death of distance and the end of geography? Or as the world becomes increasingly connected does location matter more than ever? The major subfields of human geography – including economic, political, cultural, population, urban and environmental geography – are covered by introducing the major debates and analyzing how globalization is affecting the spatial organization of each set of processes.

Geography 335: Political Geography

This course considers the geography of the world political system. It analyzes the development of the modern sovereign state system, the emergence of nations and nationalism, and the idea of sovereignty. It will emphasize the linkages between changing economic systems and the political organization of space. Topics will include borders, states, territoriality, sovereignty, nationalism, geopolitics, and homelands. The course concludes by assessing contemporary challenges to the sovereign state system both in terms of international organizations like the United Nations, European Union and World Trade Organization and sub-state actors like insurgent groups and terrorists. 

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Geography 695: Concepts and Theories in Geography

This course provides an overview of the foundational concepts and theories in the discipline of geography. Topics will include: early geographers; establishing the academic discipline; environmental determinism; Berkeley School cultural geography; spatial science and the quantitative revolution; humanistic geography; structuralism and marxism; poststructural and postmodernism; feminist geographies; contemporary trends in geographic technologies and physical geography. This course is required for all incoming geography graduate students. In addition to developing a general understanding of the discipline, students will also write a literature review of their specific subfield.

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Geography 735: Seminar in Political Geography

It has become a truism that the process of globalization is characterized by both increased flows between sovereign states and the increased hardening of political borders. While capital flows are eased through global trade agreements, the movement of people is increasingly regulated and securitized. The essence of globalization, therefore, cannot be captured by a single phrase like the borderless world or Fortress Europe. Instead it appears that a profound shift is occurring that reshapes how we understand borders, territory, and sovereignty. Indeed, despite the rhetoric of flows and connections, in the past ten years at least 22 security barriers were initiated or expanded worldwide, which is double the number built during the entire Cold War. In 2010, approximately 20,000 km of the world’s political borders are marked with walls or barriers. An additional 25,000 km are ‘hardened’ but unfenced boundaries. Far from being borderless, this era of globalization has resulted in the most strictly bordered period in the history of the world.This seminar in political geography considers what these changes to security practices at borders, and within states, mean for how we understand the connections between a people and a territory. Do they represent a fundamental reconfiguration of the concept of sovereignty? Or are they simply the latest iteration of a long term trend towards discrete bounded territories?

Geography 757: Research Seminar in Cultural Geography

The purpose of this seminar is to engage with the most recent understandings of how geographies of identification and difference are constructed, contested, and renegotiated in the contemporary world as power, place, and identity intersect. The course will emphasize post-structural and post-colonial approaches to identification and categorization; particularly those that unpack the performative aspects of place-making and identification processes as well as the narrativity and enactment of place and identity. The course will specifically explore the territorialization of identity categories; nations and homelands as social constructs; power dynamics around place and scale; and the importance of boundary making narratives and practices in shaping the categories we use to understand the world around us.