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Dr. Nicholas Crane

Assistant Professor

Nicholas Crane

Academic Areas of Expertise:

Cultural geography; cultural politics; Mexico and the Americas; political geography; social movements; young people and politics

Curriculum Vitae


Nicholas Jon Crane received his PhD in Geography from the Ohio State University in 2014 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Geography and International Studies in the School of Politics, Public Affairs, and International Studies (SPPAIS) at the University of Wyoming. He previously worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Wyoming, and as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography in the Department of Geology and Geography at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Dr. Crane teaches human geography, including the intersections between geographical thought and area studies, cultural studies, and political theory. At the University of Wyoming, he teaches introductory courses in human geography and regional geography, advanced sub-disciplinary courses in cultural geography and political geography, and advanced thematic courses on conflict and on landscapes of the Americas.

Crane's research examines cultural and political geographies of social injustice and social mobilization. He is also section editor for political geography in the journal Geography Compass.

Current Research Projects:

Crane's ongoing research focuses on cultural and political geographies of social injustice and social mobilization in Mexico and the United States in the context of the Americas. These include:

  • Collaborative, mixed methods research with Oliver Gabriel Hernández Lara (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México) on 'landscapes of disappearance' in central Mexico (since 2017); 
  • Ongoing ethnographic work on youth protest and memory in post-1968 Mexico City (since 2010); 
  • And, after an action-research project with the Ohio Student Association (2015-2016), intepretive, qualitative research on emerging forms of leadership among young political organizers in the United States.

Finally, collaborations with colleagues in central Mexico have inspired Crane's critical engagements with contemporary art, from Mexico and elsewhere, and particularly with artistic and literary works that intervene in understandings or experiences of the past.

Dr. Crane is interested to advise graduate students in cultural and political geographycultural studies, and/or on themes in the regional geography of Latin America


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