Research Paper Guide

I commonly teach four classes. See the Department of Geography course listings for current information and syllabi.

Geography 217: Cities in the Modern World (winter)

This class is an introduction to the social, economic, political and built environments of Canadian cities. Theories of the internal structure of cities, and relationships between urban places of various sizes. The course situates Canadian urbanism in the North American context, and emphasizes social and economic processes distinctive to Montreal. The class is generally co-taught with Prof. Natalie Oswin.

Geography 316: Political Geography (fall)

Political geography is fundamentally concerned with the geographic expression of power. The discipline has traditionally focused on boundaries and borders (territoriality), but more recent perspectives address other types of spatial relationships as well, particularly in terms of surveillance, cartographic representation, and spatial ordering. This course explores both approaches through examination of nationalism, the state, urban and global governance, federalism (particularly in multi-ethnic contexts), and political representation (particularly electoral redistricting). The class uses case studies drawn principally from Canada and the United States, but includes some material from other areas of the world. In exploring such topics, the class addresses questions of power, identity, and democratic theory, as well as the relationship between the individual and the state.

Geography 420: Memory, Place, and Power (fall)

This interdisciplinary class draws on classical and contemporary sources to explore different conceptions of memory and the relationships among memory, place, and power. This approach emphasizes the social quality of memory, rather than psychological or physiological processes. From this perspective, it becomes possible to understand how political interests and social practices can shape something as ostensibly personal and individual as memory.The class is co-taught with Prof. Juliet Johnson, and is cross-listed with POLI 432.

Geography 511: Advanced Political Geography (winter)

This class addresses questions of space and power in contemporary political geography, using a range of topics including territoriality, the state, the politics of space, critical geopolitics, symbolic landscapes, and GIS and mapping. The course emphasizes theoretical issues but includes empirical material and/or case studies. Many weeks will include empirical material and/or case studies, but the set readings emphasize theoretical concerns. The class is open to all graduate students, and – with the permission of the instructor -- advanced undergrads.

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