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Maxwell School
Maxwell / Department of Geography

Political Geography, Citizenship, and Development

Political geographers at Syracuse are interested in the multiply scaled practices of citizenship, development, and governance. We examine the complex and often contradictory processes through which flows of capital, people, and knowledge are constituted, disseminated, and challenged and the historical and geographical contexts within which places and subjects are imagined and transformed.

We pay particular attention to the inequalities created by these flows and how they structure and are structured by global space. In attending to issues of social justice, much of our research considers spaces and places that have been historically marginalized or subject to control within national and international systems, as well as how individuals resist or rework these power relations.

Faculty research in this area includes work on geopolitics and the state system; nationalism, migration, citizenship, and the politics of belonging; political economies of energy and resources; gender, development and agrarian change; transnational market policies, labor, and social movement politics; and the impact of colonialism and international development policies.

Faculty
Matthew T. Huber (Political economy, historical geography, energy and capitalism, oil, resource governance and social theory)
Natalie Koch (Political geography, nationalism, urban geography, Central Asian studies, Gulf and Arabian Peninsula studies)
Don Mitchell (emeritus) (Cultural, political economy of landscape, social theory, labor, geographies of power and marginalization, Marxism)
Anne E. Mosher (Urban planning, infrastructure, crisis/disaster management, public scholarship, community engagement, digital humanities)
Tom Perreault (Political ecology; environmental and resource governance; agrarian political economy and rural livelihoods; indigeneity and indigenous politics; Latin America)
David Robinson (Latin America, historical geography, Spanish colonialism, development)
Tod Rutherford (Economic restructuring, labor and the automobile industry, labor market processes and policies, regional development)
Farhana Sultana (Political ecology, environment and development, water governance, climate change, gender, South Asia)
John Western (Social, cultural, urban geography; Southern Africa, Europe)
Jamie Winders (Urban, cultural, and social geography, race, gender, international migration, qualitative and historical research methods, new media, social reproduction)

Courses
GEO 105: World Urban Geography
GEO 171: Human Geographies
GEO 219: American Diversity and Unity (honors)
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 353: Environmental Justice
GEO 362: The European City
GEO 367: Gender in a Globalizing World
GEO 372: Political Geography
GEO 374: Environment and Development in the Global South
GEO 400: Authoritarianism
GEO 400: The Greater Middle East
GEO 415: Food: A Critical Geography
GEO 422/622: Water: Environment, Society, and Politics
GEO 425: South Africa
GEO 430: Energy, History and Society
GEO 440: Race and Space
GEO 450: Geographies of Migration and Mobility
GEO 463: The Geography of Homelessness
GEO 561: Global Economic Geography
GEO 573: Geography of Capital
GEO 576/WGS 576: Gender, Space, and Place
GEO 672: Geopolitics and the State
GEO 700: Postcolonial Theory and Geographies
GEO 705: Theories of Development
GEO 755: Seminar on Political Ecology
GEO 764/ANT 764/WGS 764: Gender and Globalization
GEO 810: Political Geography Seminar
GEO 815: Seminar: Urban Geography
GEO 876/WGS 876: Feminist Geography

Careers
Community and international development
Community Organizer
Foreign Services Officer
Geopolitical consultant
Lobbyist (Advocate)
Non-profit organizations
Policy Consultant or Researcher
Public Administration
Public policy
Social activism