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Jennifer Mapes

Assistant Professor
Jennifer Mapes arrived in Kent in Fall 2012, having previously taught at Plattsburgh State in New York State and University of Southern California in Los Angeles.


Jen’s dissertation examined the effects of global contemporary change in small towns, connecting theoretical understandings of place and space to on-the-ground outcomes. She spent nine months in seven towns in the American West, interviewing local residents and key decision-makers to learn how their towns experience and react to socio-economic and environmental change.


Her primary research and teaching interest is connecting global and national change to local outcomes, with a focus on urban sustainability in small cities. Living in downtown Kent, Jen hopes to continue her work on small towns by studying the recent downtown redevelopment.


As a community geographer and internship coordinator, Jen is working to connect our students to local projects. Next semester, she is teaching a new course, “Online Mapping for Community Outreach” in which students will create interactive maps for local non-profits.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Selected Publications

“Landscapes of nostalgia: Place marketing and the cultural economy in the American small town.” In Cultural Political Economy of Small Cities, A. Lorentzen and B. van Heur, eds. Routledge (Regions and Cities). August 2011.

Mapes, J. and J. Wolch, “‘Living green’: The promise and pitfalls of new sustainable communities,” Journal of Urban Design, 16(1): 105-126. February 2011.

Wolch, J., J. Newell, M. Seymour, H. Bradbury, K. Reynolds, J. Mapes. “The forgotten and the future: Reclaiming back alleys for a sustainable city.” Environment and Planning A, 42(12) 2874 – 2896. December 2010.
Research Areas
  • Urban Geography
  • Community Planning
  • Economic Geography
  • Sustainable Development
Jennifer Mapes
OFFICE
Department of Geography
OFFICE HOURS

Tuesday & Thursday 9 a.m. to noon
Office: 439 McGilvrey Hall

CONTACT INFO
Phone: 330-672-2045
jmapes@kent.edu
COURSES TEACHING
Spring 2014
  • GEOG 17064 - 001 Geog Us And Canada
  • GEOG 22061 - 001 Human Geography
  • GEOG 40195 - 012 Special Topics In Geography
  • GEOG 50195 - 012 Special Topics In Geography
  • GEOG 70195 - 012 Special Topics In Geography
Summer 2014
  • GEOG 17064 - 003 Geog Us And Canada
  • GEOG 22061 - 003 Human Geography
  • GEOG 46092 - 001 Internship Geography And Plan
Fall 2014
  • GEOG 17064 - 001 Geog Us And Canada
  • GEOG 22061 - 001 Human Geography
  • GEOG 34070 - 001 Economic Geography
  • GEOG 46092 - 001 Internship Geography And Plan
EXPERTISE