Professor and Chair, Geography
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2004
Urban, cultural and social geography, race/ethnicity, gender, international migration, qualitative and historical research methods, new media, social reproduction
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
2016. “Immigration and the 2016 Election.” Southeastern Geographer 56.3: 291-296.
2016. “Finding a Way into (Feminist) Economic Geography.” Environment and Planning A. 48.10:
2014. “New Immigrant Destinations in Global Context.” International Migration Review 48.s1: S149-S179.
2014. "From Journals to Classrooms: Theory and Teaching in Cultural Geography." Journal of Cultural Geography. DOI: 10.1080/08873631.2014.906855
2013. "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.
2013. "Race and Diversity: What Have We Learned?" Professional Geographer 66.2: 221-229.with Rich Schein.
2012. “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).
2012. “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.
2011a. “Commentary: New Directions in the Nuevo South.” Southeastern Geographer 51.2: 327-340.
2011b. “Re-Placing Southern Geographies? The Role of Latino Migration in Transforming the South, Its Identities, and Its Study.” Southeastern Geographer 51.2: 342-358.
2011c. “Representing the Immigrant: Social Movements, Political Discourse, and Immigration in the U.S. South.” Southeastern Geographer 51.4: 596-614.
2010. “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
2009. "Teaching Orientalism in Introductory Human Geography." Professional Geographer 61.4: 1-14 (with Ishan Ashutosh).
2008. "An 'Incomplete' Picture? Race, Latino Migration, and Urban Politics in Nashville, Tennessee." Urban Geography 29.3: 246-263.
2008. "'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.
2007. "Bringing Back the (B)order: Post-9/11 Politics of Immigration, Borders, and Belonging in the Contemporary U.S. South." Antipode 39.5: 920-942.
2007. "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 Roberts.
2006. "Rethinking Southern Communities, Reconfiguring Race: Latino Migration to the US South." American Literature 78.4: 699-700.
2006. "'New Americans' in a 'New South' City? Immigrant and Refugee Politics in the Music City." Social and Cultural Geography 7.3: 421-435.
2005. “Changing Politics of Race and Region: Latino Migration to the U.S. South.” Progress in Human Geography29.6: 683-699.
2005. “Imperfectly Imperial: Northern Travel Writers in the Postbellum U.S. South, 1865-1880.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 95.2: 391-410.
2005. “Making Güeras: Selling White Identities on Late-Night Mexican Television.” Gender, Place, and Culture12.1: 71-93 (with John Paul Jones III and Michael Higgins).
2003. “White in All the Wrong Places: White Rural Poverty in a Postbellum US South.” Cultural Geographies 10: 45-63.
2001. “On the Outside of 'In': Power, Participation, and Representation in Oral Histories.” Historical Geography 29: 45-52.
2017. “Old Maps and New Neighbors: The Spatial Politics of
Immigrant Settlement.” Edited volume to be published with the University of
Pennsylvania Press. Tom Sugrue and Domenic Vitiello, eds.
2016. “New Media in Qualitative Human Geography
Research.” Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography. Iain Hay,
ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 334-349.
2016. “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 Smith, 101-117.
2014. "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.
2014. “Society.” Sage Handbook of Human Geography. Roger Lee, Noel Castree, Rob Kitchin, Victoria Lawson, Anssi Paasi, Sarah Radcliffe, and Charles Withers, eds. Sage Publications.
2014. “Criminalizing Settlement: The Politics of Immigration in the American South.” Oxford Handbook on Race, Ethnicity, Immigration, and Crime. Sandra Bucerius and Michael Tonry, eds. Oxford University Press, 600-627.
2013. “Postcolonialism.” The New Companion to Cultural Geography. Nuala Johnson, Rich Schein, and Jamie Winders, eds. London: Blackwell. (with Declan Cullen and James Ryan).
2012. “Latino Workers.” The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Social Class. Larry Griffin and Peggy Hargis, eds. University of North Carolina Press.
2010. "Nashville." The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Volume 17: Urbanization. Wanda Rushing, ed. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
2009. "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.
2009. "Race." International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift, eds. Elsevier Press, 53-58.
2009. "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.
2008. "Tennessee." Latino America: A State-by-State Encyclopedia. Mark Overmyer-Valezqeuz, ed. Westport, CT and London: Greenwood Press, 745-757.
2008. "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.
2006. “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.
My research focuses on four primary themes: (1) changing geographies of immigrant settlement to and within the U.S. (i.e., new immigrant destinations), (2) racial formations and dynamics, (3) the politics of social reproduction, and (4) cultural geography. My work is broadly qualitative and utilizes a variety of methods including oral histories, archival work, discourse analysis, interviews, and life and work histories. I am very interested in interdisciplinary perspectives and in ideas with 'reach' across disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological lines. In addition to these four main themes, I have interests in historical geography and the role of postcolonial theory in thinking about human geographies more broadly. I also frequently write about critical pedagogy and human geography and have a growing focus on social and new media.
My current project is 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.
Research Grants and Awards
“Minding the Gap, Tending the Bridge,” NCRGE Transformative
Research grant, AAG, $20,000, 2017-18, with Anne Mosher.
"Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and the Social and
Natural Sciences: Possibilities, Politics, and Practices." With Jane Read
(PI), Mark Monmonier, and Jake Bendix, SU, $20,000 (2016-17)
Maxwell Citizenship Program – C21: Citizenship in the 21st
Century. With Prema Kurien (PI), John Burdick, and Audie Klotz. Maxwell School,
SU, $100,000 (2016-17)
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)