About

Nic Crane, studio portraitsThis is the work blog of Dr. Nicholas Jon Crane, an Assistant Professor of Geography and International Studies in the School of Politics, Public Affairs, and International Studies (SPPAIS) at the University of Wyoming.

The name of the blog refers to Octavio Paz’s “critique of the pyramid” in Posdata. Most of the posts relate to research and teaching. In some, I informally discuss debates or reading. In others, I follow current events, typically focusing on where I am living or working. I also post publication opportunities or calls for participation in conferences that may be of interest to readers.

I received my PhD in Geography from the Ohio State University in 2014, where I competed a dissertation on memory and youth political engagement in Mexico City. My research generally examines cultural and political geographies of social injustice and social mobilization.

My ongoing projects focus on social movements and political organizing in North America. My focus is Mexico. These include:

  1. Mixed methods collaborative research with Oliver Gabriel Hernández Lara (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México) about ‘landscapes of disappearance’ in central Mexico
  2. Ongoing ethnographic and archival research on youth protest and memory in post-1968 Mexico City
  3. Interpretive, qualitative research on political strategy in North American social movements, informed initially by n action-research project with young political organizers in the United States. Some of that thinking informs my recent collaborative writing on political tactics and strategies of contemporary organizing beyond the case on which the action-research project was focused (e.g., on the Dakota Access Pipeline conflict).
  4. I also write interpretive essays on art and artistic practice, with a particular focus on artworks that intervene in understandings or experiences of the past, especially past political violence.

In addition to my appointment in SPPAIS, I am affiliated faculty with the University of Wyoming programs in American Studies and Latinx Studies. I am also the Co-chair of the university’s Black Lives Matter and Systemic Racism subcommittee of the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. My editorial work includes working as the Section Editor for political geography in the journal Geography Compass.

I am interested to advise graduate students in cultural geography, political geography, cultural studies, and/or on themes in the regional geography of Latin America.

For an updated CV, click here. I also have academia.edu, researchgate, and scholar.google profiles on which some of my published work is available to read. Feel free to contact me by email: ncrane@uwyo.edu.