Geographic Thought (required course for all graduate students in geography): This course begins from a recognition that how we narrate the history of geography matters for how we understand what geography is, who geographers are, and where we locate geography. Our approach to the history of geographic thought questions what is included in the canon, why, and with what implications. We trace the lines of inquiry that have led to shifts in geographic knowledge historically and identify and engage recent debates within geography. We study the development of geographic approaches to each selected topic and key concept (such as space, place, scale, and territory), emphasizing feminist, antiracist, decolonial, and Indigenous perspectives and methodologies. Students build a common base for understanding the diversity within the discipline of geography and develop analytical tools to further question and push forward geographic knowledge. (Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020)
In addition, I teach courses in three main areas:
Feminist Geographies I & II (Graduate Seminar): Since the first publications about women's absence in geography as researchers and research subjects appeared in the early 1970s, there has been a significant body of work on feminist and gender geographies. Feminist Geographies I traces the development of this increasingly diverse subfield towards transnational, intersectional, antiracist, and decolonial perspectives and in its epistemological, methodological, and pedagogical interventions and practices. Feminist Geographies II engages advanced readings on difference and power, exploring how feminist thinkers approach social difference in a way that does not fix and essentialize it and reduce difference to biology, the possibilities for understanding difference as embodied and emergent in emplaced encounters, and the ethical and political obligations and registers of emergent difference for research and praxis.
Gender, Space, and Politics in the Middle East: This course questions how the representations of the Middle East are gendered and analyzes icons as the “veiled women” and “terrorist men” and the political projects they serve. We investigate the ways in which colonialism, as well as anti-colonial nationalist and Islamist movements, has created (or attempted to create) new kinds of feminine and masculine identities and spaces. We discuss the wave of popular uprisings across the region through the lens of gender and trace the gendered effects of war and displacement.
Feminist Geographies (a new introductory level undergraduate course): This course explores how spaces matter for the production of gendered and racialized inequalities, as well as for feminist mobilization for social justice. We build on anti-racist feminist approaches to thinking geographically about gender in relation to race, class, religion, and sexuality. Starting with an analysis of bodies as sites of difference, power, and politics, readings, research projects, and class activities trace feminist geographies of the UNC-CH campus, spatial organization of neighborhoods, cities, and workplaces, and regional and cross-regional connections of transnationalism and globalization. (Spring 2020)
Globalization and Transnationalism:
Transnational Muslims: This course examines the geographical production of Muslim subjects through transnational flows, networks, and imaginaries. When I teach this course as part of Duke Middle East in Europe Summer Program based in Berlin, the focus of this course is on the modes and spaces of citizenship, belonging, and identity for Muslim populations in Germany, how they produce their own spaces in Berlin, and the everyday practices and spaces of living together in neighborhoods like Kreuzberg.
Neoliberalism and Subjectivity (Graduate Seminar)
People and Places: Geographies of Globalization
Global Studies Honors Seminar
Middle East Geographies:
Space, Power, and Identity in the Middle East (First Year Seminar)
Gender, Space, and Politics in the Middle East