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Maxwell / Department of Geography

Globalization, Development and Citizenship

At Syracuse, geographers research the relationship between flows and networks of activity, interaction and power that are producing an increasingly interconnected world, and the historical and geographical contexts within which the lives of people, and places, are being transformed. By focusing on globalization processes, we examine the complex and often contradictory mechanisms through which flows of capital, people, information and knowledge are sped-up, spread-out and made more intensive. By focusing on development, we pay particular attention to the inequalities created by these flows among groups, and in spaces and places that have been historically marginalized or subject to control within national and international systems. In both thematic areas, geographers seek to understand the forms of agency that individuals and groups employ to resist and transform the inequalities and exclusions associated with these processes. Current research includes transformations in local and regional labor market policies and governance in Canada and the United States under NAFTA; the impacts of restructuring of the global automobile industry; the role of rural peoples’ organizations in mediating resource access and management in Latin America; colonialism and Latin American development; the effects of gender representation in spaces of decision-making on political engagement and governance in the Caribbean; gender transformations in work within India’s software industry; bodily security and the flow of undocumented migrants across the Korean/Chinese border; rural livelihoods and struggles over nature in communities living within protected areas in highland Ecuador; the global commodification of bodies and the production of anti-obese space.


Matt Huber (Political Economy, Historical Geography, Energy and Capitalism, Oil, Resource Governance, and Social Theory)
Tom Perreault (Political ecology, environment and development, social movements, Latin America)
David Robinson (Colonial Spain and Portugal as the first historic globalization agencies; the Internet as a key current globalization process)
Tod Rutherford (Political economy; labor market restructuring and governance; labor and the global automobile industry)
Farhana Sultana (international development, environment-development, gender and globalization, South Asia)

Related Courses

GEO 105 World Geography
GEO 272 World Cultures 
GEO 273 World Political Economy 
GEO 311 The New North Americas
GEO 313 United States
GEO 321 Latin American Development: Spatial Aspects 
GEO 325 Colonialism in Latin America 
GEO 331 European Union 
GEO 340 Geography of Oil  
GEO 361 Global Economic Geography 
GEO 367 Gender in a Globalizing World 
GEO 372 Political Geography
GEO 374 Environment and Development in the Global South
GEO 388 Geographic Information & Society 
GEO 400 Water: Environment, Society, and Politics
GEO 400 The Greater Middle East
GEO 425 South Africa
GEO 430 Energy, History and Society 
GEO 440 Race and Space 
GEO 450 Geographies of Migration and Mobility 
GEO 463 Geography of Homelessness 

GEO 564 Urban Historical Geography 
GEO 573 Geography of Capital 
GEO 595 Geography of the Internet 

GEO 755 Seminar on Political Ecology
GEO 764/ANT 764/WGS 764 Gender and Globalization 
GEO 876/WGS 876 Feminist Geography