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Maxwell / Department of Geography

Culture, Justice and Urban Space

Description: Urban geographers at Syracuse join the study of urban landscapes, politics, and processes to broader struggles for racial and gender equality, social justice, and political transformation. Through projects that range from constructing urban geographies of memory to deconstructing new spatial strategies of refugee containment in settler societies, Syracuse geographers draw on a variety of methodological and theoretical perspectives, particularly social theory, to interrogate the production of urban spaces and experiences. With connections to historical, feminist, cultural, and Marxist geographies, urban geographers in this research cluster focus their scholarship and teaching on North America, Europe, southern Africa, the Caribbean, and elsewhere. In doing so, they pay particular attention to the ways that gender, class, and race/ethnicity are drawn into the creation and negotiation of the urban built environment and social systems. Current research topics include struggles over urban public spaces, operations of borders across scales, Latino migration’s impacts on racial formations and politics, the feminization of professionalized work, and geographies of memory in postindustrial cities in Central New York and border cites in eastern France.


Don Mitchell (Cultural geography, historical geography, labor, social theory, Marxist approaches to geography)
Anne Mosher (Historical geography, urban geography, social geography, United States)
Alison Mountz (Social geographies of transnational migration; cultural geographies of power, the nation-state, and the border; feminist and urban geography; research methodologies)
David Robinson (Historical geography of Latin America; colonial urban space; documentary sources)
John Western (Social geography, cultural geography, urban geography, France, Southern Africa)
Jamie Winders (Race/ethnicity, gender, migration, social theory, US South, urban and historical geography, research methods)

Related Courses

GEO 105 World Geography
GEO 219 American Diversity & Unity (honors)
GEO 272 World Cultures
GEO 273 World Political Economy
GEO 311 New North Americas
GEO 313 United States
GEO 353 Environmental Justice
GEO 362 The European City
GEO 367 Gender in a Globalizing World
GEO 372 Political Geography
GEO 400 Urban Environmental History
GEO 400 Public Space and the City
GEO 415 Food: A Critical Geography
GEO 425 South Africa
GEO 440 Race and Space
GEO 463 Geography of Homelessness
GEO 484 GIS for Urban Environments
GEO 485 Community Geography
GEO 489 Practicum in Community Geography

GEO 500 Geography of Memory
GEO 500 Urban & Regional Planning
GEO 563 The Urban Condition
GEO 564 Urban Historical Geography
GEO 573 Geography of Capital
GEO 576 Gender, Space, & Place 

GEO 602 Research Design in Geography  
GEO 772 Seminar in Cultural Geography
GEO 774 Seminar in Historical Geography
GEO 815 Seminar in Urban Geography
GEO 876/WGS 876 Feminist Geography