This is the work blog of Dr. Nicholas Jon Crane, an Associate Professor of Geography and International Studies in the School of Politics, Public Affairs, and International Studies (SPPAIS) at the University of Wyoming.
I teach courses in cultural and political geography, with foci on the Americas and the Middle East. My interest in cultural production and forms of political engagement in the Middle East emerged from my family life, as the son of an immigrant from Turkey and a US-born specialist in Islamic art and architecture. I became more concretely interested in spaces of politics by way of participation in youth subcultures and experiments in radical democracy in my hometown, Columbus, Ohio. Accidents of life inspired me to wander to Mexico City in 2009, where I developed a research idea that would help me return to central Mexico twice per year while I worked on my PhD. I completed my PhD in Geography at The Ohio State University in 2014, where I wrote a dissertation on memory and young people’s politics in post-1968 Mexico City. My research in central Mexico continues today, through a collaborative project on the political economy of violence in the region.
My current research generally examines cultural and political geographies of social injustice and social mobilization. I have published widely in top ranking journals, high profile edited collections, and art exhibition catalogues. These publications have dealt with a range of themes including the forms and practices of contemporary social movements, the spatiality of sovereign power, memories of past political violence, methodologies of cultural and political geography, and geographical imaginaries undergirding past and present conflicts. I will finish writing my first book (Political Geographies: The Basics) in 2023.
In addition to my appointment in SPPAIS, I am affiliated faculty with University of Wyoming programs in American Studies, Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, and Latinx Studies. I am also section editor for political geography in the journal Geography Compass. I welcome proposals for the journal.
I am interested to advise graduate students in cultural geography, political geography, and cultural studies, or on themes in the regional geography of Latin America or the Middle East.