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Natalie Koch

Natalie Koch

(Pronouns: She, Her)

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323 Eggers Hall

Natalie Koch

Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Geography and the Environment Department


  • 2023 Fall
    • GEO 672 Geopolitics and the State
    • GEO 372 Political Geography
  • 2022 Spring
    • GEO 400 Selected Topics - Post-Oil Futures

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, 2012


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I am a political geographer focusing on geopolitics, nationalism and identity politics, the state system, and authoritarianism. My research investigates how authoritarian regimes and power relations are reproduced through sites of pleasure and opportunity, rather than just violence and oppression. Empirically, I focus on the Arabian Peninsula, where I study the many transnational ties that bind the Gulf countries, actors, and ideas to other parts of the world.

Areas of Expertise

political geography, nationalism, geopolitics, authoritarianism, sports geography, Gulf and Arabian Peninsula studies

Selected Publications