Associate Professor, Chair, and O'Hanley Faculty Scholar, Geography
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2004
Urban social geography, cultural geography, international migration, new immigrant destinations, race/ethnicity, gender, qualitative and historical methods, social reproduction, U.S. South, social theory, new/social media
876 - Graduate Seminar in Feminist Geography
815 – Graduate Seminar in Urban Geography
– Graduate Seminar in Cultural Geography
700 – Postcolonial Theory and Geographies
600 – Graduate Seminar on Race and Space
610 – Graduate Seminar in Qualitative Methods
450 – Geographies of Migration and Mobility
440 – Race and Space
311 – The New North Americas
272 – World Cultures
171 – Human Geographies
123 - Critical Issues for the United States
2013. Nashville in the New Millennium: Immigrant Settlement, Urban Transformation, and Social Belonging. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
2013. The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Cultural Geography. Co-edited with Richard Schein and Nuala Johnson. London: Blackwell
"From Journals to Classrooms: Theory and Teaching in Cultural
of Cultural Geography. DOI:
"Postcolonial Migrations: Postcolonialism Migrates?" Social and Cultural Geography
14.2: 131-144. With Susan Mains, Mary Gilmartin, Declan Cullen, Robina
Mohammad, Divya Tolia-Kelly, and Parvati Raghuram.
"Race and Diversity: What Have We Learned?" Professional Geographer
“Excepting/Accepting the South: New Geographies of Latino Migration, New
Directions in Latino Studies.” Latino Studies 10.1-2:
220-245. (with Barbara Ellen Smith).
“Seeing Immigrants: Institutional Visibility and Immigrant Incorporation in New
Immigrant Destinations.” Annals of the American Academy of
Political and Social Science 641.1: 58-78.
“Commentary: New Directions in the Nuevo South.” Southeastern
“Re-Placing Southern Geographies? The Role of Latino Migration in Transforming
the South, Its Identities, and Its Study.” Southeastern Geographer 51.2: 342-358.
“Representing the Immigrant: Social Movements, Political Discourse, and
Immigration in the U.S. South.” Southeastern
“New Pasts: Historicizing Immigration, Race, and Place in the South.” Southern
Spaces, with Barbara Ellen Smith. http://southernspaces.org/2010/new-pasts-historicizing-immigration-race-and-place-south
"Teaching Orientalism in Introductory Human Geography." Professional
Geographer 61.4: 1-14 (with Ishan Ashutosh).
"An 'Incomplete' Picture? Race, Latino Migration, and Urban Politics in
Nashville, Tennessee." Urban Geography 29.3:
"'We're Here to Stay': Economic Restructuring, Latino Migration, and
Place-Making in the U.S. South." Transactions
of the Institute of British Geographers NS 33: 60-72, with
Barbara Ellen Smith.
"Bringing Back the (B)order: Post-9/11 Politics of Immigration, Borders,
and Belonging in the Contemporary U.S. South." Antipode 39.5:
"Mapping the Grassroots: NGO Formalisation in Oaxaca, Mexico." Journal
of International Development 18:
1-15, with Sarah Moore, Oliver Froehling, John Paul Jones III, and Susan
"Rethinking Southern Communities, Reconfiguring Race: Latino Migration to
the US South." American Literature 78.4:
"'New Americans' in a 'New South' City? Immigrant and Refugee Politics in
the Music City." Social and Cultural
Geography 7.3: 421-435.
“Changing Politics of Race and Region: Latino Migration to the U.S. South.” Progress
in Human Geography29.6: 683-699.
“Imperfectly Imperial: Northern Travel Writers in the Postbellum U.S. South,
1865-1880.” Annals of the Association of
American Geographers 95.2: 391-410.
“Making Güeras: Selling White Identities on Late-Night Mexican Television.” Gender,
Place, and Culture12.1: 71-93 (with John Paul Jones III and Michael
“White in All the Wrong Places: White Rural Poverty in a Postbellum US South.” Cultural
“On the Outside of ‘In’: Power, Participation, and Representation in Oral
Histories.” Historical Geography 29:
Forthcoming. "New Media in Qualitative Human Geography
Research Methods in Human Geography. Iain Hay, ed. Oxford: Oxford
Forthcoming. "Whose Lives, Which Work? Class Discrepancies in
"Life's Work." Precarious
Worlds: New Geographies of Social Reproduction. Katie Meehan and
Kendra Strauss, eds. Athens: University of Georgia Press, with Barbara Ellen
Forthcoming. “The South.” The
Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in Contemporary Politics, Law, and
Social Movements. Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González, eds.
Oxford University Press.
"Making Space in the Multicultural City: Immigrant Settlement,
Neighborhoods, and Urban Politics." Urban
Politics: Critical Approaches. Mark Davidson and Deborah Martin,
eds. London: Sage, 156-171.
Handbook of Human Geography. Roger Lee, Noel Castree, Rob Kitchin,
Victoria Lawson, Anssi Paasi, Sarah Radcliffe, and Charles Withers, eds. Sage
“Criminalizing Settlement: The Politics of Immigration in the American
Handbook on Race, Ethnicity, Immigration, and Crime. Sandra
Bucerius and Michael Tonry, eds. Oxford University Press, 600-627.
“Postcolonialism.” The New Companion to Cultural
Geography. Nuala Johnson, Rich Schein, and Jamie Winders, eds.
London: Blackwell. (with Declan Cullen and James Ryan).
“Latino Workers.” The New Encyclopedia of Southern
Culture: Social Class. Larry Griffin and Peggy Hargis, eds.
University of North Carolina Press.
"Nashville." The New Encyclopedia of Southern
Culture. Volume 17: Urbanization. Wanda Rushing, ed. Chapel Hill:
University of North Carolina Press.
"Placing Latino Migration and Migrant Experiences in the U.S. South: The
Complexities of Regional and Local Trends." Global
Connections and Local Receptions: New Latino Immigration to the Southeastern
U.S. Jon Shefner and
Fran Ansley, eds. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 223-244.
"Race." International Encyclopedia of
Human Geography. Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift, eds. Elsevier Press,
"Latino Men and Women." The New Encyclopedia of Southern
Culture, Gender Volume. Ted Ownby and Nancy Bercaw, eds. Chapel
Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 160-164.
"Tennessee." Latino America: A State-by-State
Encyclopedia. Mark Overmyer-Valezqeuz, ed. Westport, CT and London:
Greenwood Press, 745-757.
"Nashville's New Sonido: Latino Migration and the Changing Politics of
Race." New Faces in New Places: The
Changing Geography of American Immigration. Douglas Massey, ed. New
York: Russell Sage Foundation, 249-273.
“Placing Latinos in the Music City: Latino Migration and Urban Politics in
Nashville, Tennessee.” Latinos
in the New South: Transformations of Place. Heather A. Smith and
Owen J. Furuseth, eds. Ashgate Publishing, 167-190.
research focuses on conceptualizations of race, the production of racial
categories, and the material consequences of these formations, particularly
vis-a-vis international migration. It is broadly qualitative and utilizes
a variety of methods including oral histories, archival work, discourse
analysis, interviews, and life and work histories. Much of my work has
examined immigrant settlement in new destinations across the U.S. and
the reworkings of race, ethnicity, and belonging this migration has
precipitated in workplaces, public schools, residential neighborhoods, and
other social spaces. I also have an ongoing collaboration with Barbara
Ellen Smith, professor of sociology and women's and gender studies at
Virginia Tech. Together, we have examined the intertwining practices of
flexible labor and social reproduction for working-class residents in the
U.S. South. Blending an analysis of neoliberal globalization's flexible-labor
demands and an interrogation of social reproduction's spatial forms and
politics, this research investigates what is at stake in increasingly tense
political and social dynamics vis-a-vis immigration across the rural South.
addition to these main projects, I have interests in the historical geographies
of the U.S. South, particularly the links between the Reconstruction South and
19th-century imperialism, and the role of postcolonial theory in thinking
about human geographies. I also frequently write about critical
pedagogy and human geography.
am working on a new introduction to cultural geography. This book will address
a number of themes from the role of social media in the production of cultural
geographies and cultural politics to the intertwining of spaces of work and
leisure, practices of production and social reproduction, in the world around
us. It incorporates both recent theoretical debates in cultural geography
around topics such as non-representational theory and mobility studies and
recent political and social developments around the world such as the Occupy
movement and healthcare debates. Work on this book has led to a new research
interest in new and social media.
Research Grants and Awards
Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, New York City, (2010-11)
Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Outstanding Teaching, Research and Service, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University, $7900 (awarded in 2008)
Meredith Teaching Award, Syracuse University, $3,000 (awarded in 2007)
Appleby-Mosher Research Grant, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University, $1,200 (awarded in 2007)
3-year research grant, 'Latino Migration, Race, and Urban Transformation in the U.S. South: A Qualitative Study,' Russell Sage Foundation, $110,000 (awarded in 2005)
Summer Project Assistantship Program, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, ($1250 awarded in 2005, $1600 awarded in 2011)
Research Grant, Association of American Geographers, $800 (awarded in 2005)
Affiliated Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies, Syracuse
Scholar, Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry, The Maxwell School,
consultant for teaching assistants, Graduate School Programs, SU (2013-present)
Faculty Advisory Council, Center of Graduate Preparation and
Program in Latin America and the Caribbean, Steering
University Senate, College of Arts and Sciences Senator, SU
Committee, Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation Series, University of Georgia Press (2013-present)
Review and Associate Editor, International Migration Review (2011-2014)
Immigration and Cultural Contact Working Group, Russell Sage Foundation (2010-present)
Editorial Board, Social and Cultural Geography (2008-present)
Editorial Board, Cultural Geographies (2006-present)
Board, International Migration Review (2014-present)
Board, Journal of Cultural Geography (2014-present)
Pro-bono involvement with immigrant-rights organizations in New York and Tennessee