I am a political and legal geographer, with a longstanding interest in political economy.
My research to date has focused on domestic policing as a neglected aspect of U.S. statecraft, on geopolitics as practice rather than policy, and more generally on the need to rethink geopolitics topologically beyond the conventional foreign policy/domestic policy divide. I am interested in the persistence of state power in the world economy, as well as the ongoing importance of statecraft to world geopolitics. However, whereas much scholarship approaches state power as an abstract and relatively coherent act of territoriality (i.e. way of viewing and then organizing space), my interest lies with it as 1) a polyvalent bundle of sometimes countervailing projects with different institutional trajectories, 2) a practice which implicates any number of everyday spaces and contexts, typically neglected in macro-scale analyses of the state and 3) a series of dispersed practices which play out unevenly across space and which produce places differently.
A major theme in my research concerns the need to ground complex theory in grounded fieldwork.
My theoretical interests have been shaped by the past decade of scholarship on the problem of topology.
I am editor, along with Dr. Sapana Doshi (https://geography.arizona.edu/user/sapana-doshi) of the Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation series at the University of Georgia Press (http://www.ugapress.org/index.php/series/GOJ and https://www.facebook.com/Geographies-of-Justice-and-Social-Transformation-115254491845138/). I am an editorial board member for the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Political Geography, Southeastern Geographer, and Geography Compass.
2005 | Ph.D. Geography, Department of Geography, University of California at Los Angeles
1999 | M.A. Political Economy, Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University
1997 | B.A. Hons. Political Science, Department of Political Science, Carleton University
1996 | B.A. Political Science, École d’Etudes Politiques, Université d’Ottawa
2012 – present | Associate Professor, Department of Geography, The Ohio State University
May – June 2013 | Visiting Distinguished Professor, Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University
2005 – 2012 | Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, The Ohio State University
Theories of power and space in human geography
Site, geontology and practice
Topology and topography
Law and geography
Immigration law and enforcement
Detention and deportation
U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada border studies
Urban geography and policing
Sheriffing and national security
Energy geopolitics, oil boom and bust