Professor of GeographyJoan P. and Edward J. Foley Jr. 1933 Professorship
I am a cultural-historical geographer, with research interests in four main areas: 1) exploring the cultural/historical geographies of the making of American empires; 2) examining in what ways ideas of femininity, masculinity, consumption, and "whiteness" played into the crucial shift from American nation-building to empire-building during the late 19th and early 20th centuries; 3) understanding the connections between gender, class and the cultural formation of large American cities in the 19th century, particularly in regard to such critical but vexing distinctions as consumption/production, public/private, masculine/feminine; and 4) exploring feminist perspectives, theory, and methodology in relationship to matters of space and place.
I am also the co-author (with Rod Neumann and Patricia Price) of the Human Geography textbook, The Human Mosaic: A Cultural Approach to Human Geography, 12th edition, and one of three senior editors of the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography.
"Practising Development at Home: Race, Gender, and the 'Development' of the American South," Antipode, 2015, DOI:10.1111/anti.12138
Remembering the Making of Gender, Place and Culture, Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, Vol. 21, no. 9, 2014, With Liz Bondi. DOI:10.1080/0966369X.2014.955464
Commentary on "The Lives of Others: Body Work, the Production of Difference, and Labor Geographies. Economic Geography, 10 Nov 2014, DOI: 10.1111/ecge.12071
"Geoeconomic Imaginations and Economic Geography in the early 20th Century," Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 103, No. 4, 2013, pp. 944-966.
"American Capitalist Experiments in Revolutionary-era Russia," Journal of Historical Geography, Vol. 39, 2013, pp. 43-53.
"The World was Never Flat: Early Global Encounters and the Messiness of Empire," Progress in Human Geography, Vol. 34, No. 4, 2010, pp. 419-435.
"Uncovering the Friction of Globalization: American Commercial Embeddedness and Landscape in Revolutionary-era Russia," Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 100, No. 2, 2010, pp. 427-443.
"Labor Geographies in a Time of Early Globalization: Strikes Against Singer in Scotland and Russia in the Early 20th Century," Geoforum, Vol. 39, No. 5, 2008, pp. 1676-1686, 2008.
"Consumption and Landscape." In The New Companion to Cultural Geography, edited by Nuala Johnson, Richard Schein and Jamie Winders. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2013, pp. 198-209.
"Toward a Gendered Historical Geography of North America." In North American Odyssey, edited by Geoffrey Buckley and Craig Colten. Rowman and Littlefield, 2014, pp. 291-308.
American Commodities in an Age of Empire, 2008, New York: Routledge.
Putting Women in Place: Feminist Geographers Make Sense of the World. New York: Guilford Publications, June 2001. Co-authored with Joni Seager.
Works in Progress