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I am a dual-degree doctoral candidate in the Departments of Geography and Women's Studies. My resarch broadly engages feminist theory, education, and critical human geography in the study of the U.S. military, citizenship, education, social movements, and everyday geopolitical processes. My current dissertation research examines the relationships and expereinces of high schools students (and the adults in their lives) with the military, focusing both on their own experiences taking part in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and on their interactions with military recruiters. The research strives to learn about young people's civic/political identities and to understand how they evaluate the possibility of military enlistment alongside other raced, classed, and gendered opportunities and obstables in their lives. This research is currently underway in Houston, Texas.
Additional past and on-going research projects also include:
Christian, J., L. Dowler, and D. Cuomo. (2015). Fear, Feminist Geopolitics and the Hot and Banal. Political Geography.
Dowler, L., J. Christian, and A. Ranjbar. (2014). A Feminist Visualization of the Intimate Spaces of Security. Area. 46(4): 347-349.
Christian, J., Vogeler, I., Moua, P.S. (2008-2009). The Cultural Landscape of the Hmong in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, The Wisconsin Geographer. 23.