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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. Dr. Crane teaches human geography, including intersections between geographical thought and area studies, cultural studies, and political theory. His offerings include 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. Dr. Crane is also developing a course on cultural politics in the post-Ottoman Middle East.

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:

Dr. Crane is a cultural and political geographer. His ongoing research focuses on geographies of social justice and injustice in the Americas, including:

  • Mixed methods research with Oliver Hernández Lara (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, UAEMex), Libertad Zavaleta (UAEMex), and David Tapia (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla) on the construction and politicization of ‘landscapes of disappearance’ in central Mexico (since 2017);
  • Interpretive, historical-geographical research on art and artistic practice, with a particular focus on artworks that intervene in understandings or experiences of the past, especially past political violence;
  • Ongoing ethnographic and archival research on youth protest and memory in post-1968 Mexico City (since 2010);
  • And, after an action-research project with young social justice organizers (2015-16, with the Ohio Student Association), interpretive, qualitative research on political strategies of North American social movements.

Dr. Crane is interested in advising graduate students in cultural geography, political geography, cultural studies, and on themes in the regional geography of Latin America or the Middle East.

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