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Social Justice

Ethnicity, Race & Nationalism Violence and Memory

Social Justice Cultural Landscape

 

Ethnicity, Race & Nationalism

A strong focus of research at Kent State lies in examining how ethnicity and nationalism play out geographically.  Members of the department have produced multiple books and articles on these topics in such regions as Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, and North America.  Our scholarship has included issues of national identity, geopolitical imaginaries, segregation, and diasporas.  We have long been active in the Race, Ethnicity and Place conferences, hosting it in 2016.  We also edit the international multi-disciplinary journal, National Identities.

 

Violence and Memory

Researchers in Kent State’s Department of Geography actively research the critical social geographies of violence, memory, and their confluence. We are affiliated with research conferences such as Race, Ethnicity, Place and the International Society of Landscape, Place and Material Culture. Faculty also maintain a connection with the May 4 Visitors Center on campus, which commemorates the May 4, 1970, shootings of peacefully protesting students. These Kent State faculty have experience researching and questioning the origins of violence and how it is perpetuated, commemorated, and desisted.

 

Social Justice

Researchers in Kent State’s Department of Geography actively research critical social geographies in various forms: political, economic, environmental, violence, memory, culture, and urbanization. We are affiliated with research conferences such as Race, Ethnicity, Place, African Studies, Urban Affairs, and the International Society of Landscape, Place and Material Culture. Faculty also maintain connections with the Cleveland Urban Design Collective and the May 4 Visitors Center (commemorating the May 4, 1970 shootings on campus) and engage their research across the United States and abroad in Cambodia, Europe, and Africa. These Kent State faculty have experience researching the status quo of the world’s political economy and how it engenders uneven development, violence, environmental abuse, and other concerns.

 

Cultural Landscape

Researchers in Kent State’s Department of Geography actively and critically research the cultural landscape in various forms: political, economic, environmental, and in regards to violence, memory, race/ethnicity, and urbanization. We are affiliated with research conferences such as Race, Ethnicity, Place, African Studies, Urban Affairs, and the International Society of Landscape, Place and Material Culture. Faculty also maintain connections with the Cleveland Urban Design Collective and the May 4 Visitors Center (commemorating the May 4, 1970 shootings on campus) and engage their research across the United States and abroad in Cambodia, Europe, and Africa. These Kent State faculty have experience researching the cultural landscapes of memory, heritage, violence, small towns, and major cities for their meanings and significance.

 

Social Justice Faculty:

  • Jackie Curtis: post-disaster environments, maternal child health (MCH), geospatial techniques
  • Amoaba Gooden: African Caribbean transnational communities, gender, identity and African diaspora, African diaspora social networks as determinants of health
  • Dave Kaplan: nationalism and ethnicity, French and Italian geography, urban planning, transportation, segregation
  • Jennifer Mapes: small towns, sustainability, planning, community economics, visualization and interactive mapping
  • Chris Post: cultural landscape, historical geography, North America, commemorative justice, company towns
  • Sarah Smiley: sub-Saharan Africa, urban geography, cultural geography
  • Jim Tyner: Political, population, gender and race