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Timur Hammond

Timur Hammond

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144C Eggers Hall

Timur Hammond

Assistant Professor, Geography and the Environment Department

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Research Affiliate, South Asia Center

Research Affiliate, Center for European Studies


  • 2024 Spring
    • GEO 473/673 Geography of Memory
    • GEO 499 Honors Capstone Project
    • GEO 362 The European City
  • 2023 Fall
    • GEO 171 Human Geographies
  • 2023 Spring
    • GEO 171 Human Geographies
    • GEO 815 Seminar in Urban Geography
  • 2022 Fall
    • GEO 362 The European City
    • GEO 435 The Global Middle East
  • 2022 Spring
    • GEO 171 Human Geographies
    • GEO 772 Seminar: Cultural Geography

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, 2016


Timur Hammond is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He received a Ph.D. and M.A. in geography from the University of California, Los Angeles (2016, 2010), and a B.A. in English/creative writing from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2005). Prior to joining the faculty at Syracuse University, he worked in the Department of Geography at the University of Vermont.

Trained as an urban and cultural geographer, his research draws on archival and ethnographic methods to explore the intersection between urban experience and religious belief in 20th-century Turkey, with a particular focus on the Istanbul district of Eyüp. His research has been supported by a number of institutions, including the American Research Institute in Turkey, the Institute of Turkish Studies, and the Fulbright-IIE. This work has been published in several venues, including City and his forthcoming book "Placing Islam: Geographies of Connection in 20th Century Istanbul."

More recent research has moved in a variety of directions, including reflecting on the conceptual and institutional relationships between geography and Middle East area studies, discussing the geographies of urban heritage in the Middle East, and analyzing the contested geographies of memory that have emerged following Turkey’s July 2016 coup attempt.

Links to his publications can be found on Google Scholar, Academia, and Experts@Syracuse.

He has also partnered with colleagues at Syracuse University and a variety of other Central New York institutions, including joining the Landscape Studies at SU group, helping to coordinate an ‘Unlearning the Urban’ seminar series with Lawrence Chua (Architecture), participating in the work of the Community-Engaged Public Humanities working group, collaborating with colleagues to start the Urban Natures working group, and organizing a digital faculty writing group. He also serves as the department’s faculty representative for Syracuse University’s Future Professoriate Program; some of his work with that program led to a short article discussing strategic planning for graduate students in Inside Higher Education.

Areas of Expertise

Cultural geography, urban geography, geographies of memory, Turkey, Middle East

Research Grant Awards and Projects

"Unlearning the Urban: cities, systems, and inequities", Sponsored by CUSE Grants - Interdisciplinary Seminar Grant.

"Following the Margins: Creative Experiments in Documenting Natures of Contemporary Istanbul", Sponsored by Faculty Creative Activities and Research (FCAR) Grant Program.

"Following the Tree of Heaven: Urban Natures Across Time and Space", Sponsored by Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Engagement (SOURCE) Research Assistant Grant.

Selected Publications

Presentations and Events

American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, "Sericultural Geographies: Worms, Trees, and Globalization in the 19th Century" (April 20, 2024)

American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, "How we write: processes for careful ways of being in academic work" (April 16, 2024)

Elon University, "Placing Islam: Geographies of Connection in 20th Century Istanbul" (April 1, 2024)

Cornell University, Critical Ottoman & Post Ottoman Studies, "Placing Islam: Geographies of Connection in 20th Century Istanbul" (October 4, 2023)

Religion and its History in Turkey: New Approaches, Alternative Perspectives, Leipzig University, "Urban Worlds of Islam: Networks, Traditions, and Places" (January, 2023)

Middle East Studies Association, "Remembering to Forget: Memorial Practices of the July 15, 2016 Coup Attempt" (November, 2019)

American Association of Geographers, "Cultural Geography Specialty Group Poster Session Competition: Methods, Objects, Meanings, Publics" (April, 2019)

American Association of Geographers, "Memorializing Turkey’s July 15, 2016 Coup Attempt in Istanbul: Spectacle, Embodiment, and the Material Trace" (April, 2019)

Honors and Accolades

2021-2022 Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Teaching Recognition Award for Early Career Performance, Syracuse University (2022)