As a political geographer, I study geographical implications of politics at various scales. I am especially interested in questions of power, ideology, mobility and identity within the context of shifting political landscapes. I study how borders of belonging or exclusion shift as political regimes change and how these fluid borders shape everyday struggles of underserved and marginalized individuals and communities. Within this conceptual framework, I study expressions of national identity through symbolic landscapes, counter-narratives, and acts of resistance.
My current research examines forced mobility and displacement in the context of political turmoil. This research is subject of my new book on Mobility and Displacement (Routledge).
I am also interested in the ways narratives are told by, for, and about persons who have been forced to move and how these narratives shape the production and dissemination of knowledge about these persons. I am currently leading a collaborative project funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities on connections between mobility, transportation, and quality of life in refugee communities in Tucson, Arizona.