Roderick P. Neumann
Chair of Department
Professor of Geography
BS, California Polytechnic State University, Natural Resources Management, 1982
MS, University of Idaho, Forest Resources Management, 1986
PhD, University of California, Geography, 1992
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 329
Tel: 305.348.2936 | email@example.com
My scholarship is organized around two lines of inquiry: one, the co-constitution of nature, society, and landscape, and two, the political economy of the environment. Underlying these lines of inquiry are normative concerns for social justice and biodiversity and habitat protection. Much of my research and writing falls under the large and ever-expanding umbrella of political ecology (e.g. see Neumann, Making Political Ecology, Hodder Arnold). Theoretically I am guided by a broadly neo-Marxist understanding of social relations informed by social constructivist positions on identities, space, and nature. I previously have conducted ethnographic and archival research in Tanzania, East Africa, while more recent work is oriented toward comparative studies in the European Union and the western United States. I have for many years studied the cultural politics of biodiversity protection, focusing on conflict, displacement, and violence associated with conservation territories (e.g. see Imposing Wilderness, University of California Press). I have a continuing interest in the study of how the historical co-construction of nature-race-nation in the British Empire informs present-day practice and discourse. I have also conducted critical analyses of neoliberal initiatives for biodiversity conservation and habitat protection, including various forms of community-based resource management, resource commodification, and land privatization (e.g. see Commercialisation of NTFPs, UNFAO and CIFOR). I have received funding for my research from SSRC, NSF, NEH, CIFOR, the EU, and the Fulbright Program. Past and current editorial board appointments include Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Antipode, and Political Geography. My professional memberships include the Association of American Geographers and the American Anthropological Association.
I teach a variety of undergraduate courses, including two lower division UCC courses, World Regional Geography and Introduction to Geography. At the upper division I have taught Population and Geography of Africa, Cultural Geography, and Political Ecology and have plans to prepare courses on the Global Geography of Conservation and Population and Geography of Europe. My graduate seminars include: Space, Place, and Identity; Theory and Inquiry; and Environment and Development. At the moment I am supervising four doctoral dissertations, ranging topically from urban landscape and national identity in post-Soviet Armenia to the transformation of fisheries and fishing communities in the Florida Keys. I have served on numerous doctoral dissertation committees in a range of disciplines including Geography, International Relations, Comparative Sociology, History, and Development Studies. Externally I have served as a committee member for doctoral dissertations at Yale University, Clark University, and the University of Helsinki.
I presently have several ongoing, developing, and imagined projects. I am in the middle of writing a series of three essays on the incorporation of human geographic theory in political ecology for the journal, Progress in Human Geography. I am also in the middle of a second project that looks at the performance of national, racial, and masculinist identities in the representation of African landscapes in imperial travel writing. A chapter on this is in press for the edited volume Environments at the Margin (Ohio) and another is in progress. In new and developing research I am investigating the EU’s biodiversity conservation strategy. At this early stage I am pursuing two paths of inquiry, one analyzing the representation of a “European” rural past, identity, and way of life in EU biodiversity discourse and the other examining the empirical relationship between displacement, migration, and biodiversity. I have presented portions of this work at the University of Chicago and Rutgers University and have a chapter from this research in press for the edited volume The Social Life of Forests (Chicago). In the longer term I am developing a book manuscript focusing on the national park ideal as a lens to view unstable and intertwining concepts of nature, national identity, and race.
Fall 2012 Courses (see Home page Courses & Syllabi)
- Theory and Inquiry (ISS 6346-U01)