Political Geographies

Research focused in the area of political geographies at Penn State utilizes diverse critical theoretical frameworks to study the dynamics regarding states, citizenship, migration, nationalism, and global capitalism. We relate these dynamics to embodied subjectivities such as race, gender, sexuality and class. We examine the spatial dynamics that lead to uneven political processes across scales, and we investigate the connections linking global processes to the practices within specific places, such as cities, communities and households. We also encourage our students to make connections between their work as scholars and their activities in the places where they live and conduct their research.


Faculty with interests in Political Geographies:

Lorraine Dowler

Brian King

Melissa Wright