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Kathryn Hannum

Department of Geography
Ph.D. Student and Teaching Assistant
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10am-Noon MW
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I graduated from San Jose State University’s geography department, after which I went to work for the ministry of education in Galicia, Spain. Living in Galicia sparked my interest in nationalism, sociolinguistic geography, and regional identity. I further explored these topics while working for a stint in Somaliland, the breakaway republic of northern Somalia before coming to Kent State. My master’s work has focused within Galicia, exploring language, nationalism, and identity as it is bound up in public policy and nested political geographies of the region, state and supra state. I have chosen to stay here at Kent to work on my Ph.D., beginning in the fall of 2016. 



San Jose State University B.A., Kent State University M.A., Kent State University (Ph.D. Candidate)


Cultural/Human Geography, Political Geography, Urban Geography, Regionalism, Europe, Spain, Latin America, Argentina


  • • Hannum K.L. & Rhodes M.A. (2018). Public art as public pedagogy: Memorial landscapes of the Cambodian genocide. Journal of Cultural Geography.
  • • Hannum K.L. (2018). Minority language groups in the State system. In Brunn S. & Kehrein R. (Eds.) Handbook of the changing world language map. Springer.


American Association of Geographers, International Society of Landscape Place and Material Culture


  • Society of Women Geographers Pruitt Fellowship ($11,500) Spring, 2018
  • Kent State Graduate Student Senate Research Grant ($2,000) Spring, 2018
  • AAG East Lakes division graduate student travel award ($1,000) Fall 2018
  • David B. Smith award ($500) Spring 2018.
  • Kent State Graduate Student Senate International Travel Award ($1,500) Summer 2017
  • San Jose State Division IA Water Polo Team- Full Ride Athlete 2006-2010