Geography major Cooper Thomas '14 will spend the 2014–2015 academic year in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, as a Fulbright Fellow. There, he will conduct independent research on post-socialist urbanization and cultural transformation. Inspired by his coursework in urban geography and GIS, as well as a personal interest in Central Asia's social and political history, Cooper will explore the ways in which Bishkek's urban design, land use patterns, architecture, and iconography reflect the reconstitution of Kyrgyz national identity. As an avid cartographer, Cooper will also use advanced spatial analysis techniques to quantify and visualize trends in urban development. His research will culminate in a multimedia report comprised of text analysis, photography and video, and graphical data visualizations.
Celeste Winston '14
Geography Thesis Students Enjoying
Senior Thesis Presentations
May 7, 2014
"Test scores and neighborhood transitions: Emergent Asian enclaves in Silicon Valley"
"Feeling in Color: Black Americans, Black Immigrants, and the Emotional Politics of Race in Atlanta"
May 19, 2014
"Disciples of Development: The meanings of Finnish missionaries in Tanzania"
"The Limits of Foreign Assistance in Governing Food Safety 'At a Distance'"
"'Garífuna Never Conquered': Confronting Tourism in Tornabé, Honduras"
"So you want to join the club? : Constructing Bosnian-European identity through EU integration"
May 20, 2014
"Selling Therapeutic Spaces, Places, and Bodies: An Analysis of the Online Advertisements of the Thai Medical Tourism Industry"
"Race Gender and the New Deal: Bringing the South into the Modern Era"
May 21, 2014
"Scaling Financial Inclusion: A Case Study from Thailand"
"Dam[med] Development: The Political Ecology of the Bui Hydroelectric Dam in Ghana"
"Conceiving the Makere Market: Refugees, Host Communities, and Rethinking Aid"
Paul Jackson, Postdoctoral Fellow
Paul Jackson is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography. Paul investigates how scientists and experts grapple with the interaction between humans and the urban environment. Paul focuses on those experts who presume that this interaction produces populations that are deficient, disadvantaged, and/or diseased. He interrogates these relationships in a variety of time periods: how cholera and marshland was thought to make cities inherently unhealthy (1870s-1890s); how religious pilgrims were blamed global pandemics (1890s-1920s); how inner-city environments were feared to lower children's IQ (1950s-1960s); and how environmental toxins are suspected to be the cause of the autism epidemic (1990s-present). His work has been published in Antipode and Cultural Geographies. He has taught courses on Toxic Geographies and Urbanization & the Environment. He also shares his office with an old codger named Alphie who barks at students and shamelessly begs for treats.
Last Updated: 6/10/14