Orhon Myadar

About Orhon Myadar

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 in the context of political turmoil. I am particularly 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. My current project aims to counter-narrate dominant discourses surrounding refugees through stories told by refugees themselves.    




  • Beyond Fear: Tucson refugees tell their stories, funded by the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry.

(Collabrators: Lisa Hochtritt-School of Art; Najwa Nabti- College of Law; Maliaca Oxnam-ODIS; Stephanie Troutman- Department of English)

  • Dismanting Fear: Voices of Tucson refugees funded by the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry.

(Collaborators: Joseph Farbrook,  Lisa Hochtritt, Stephanie Troutman)

  • Saving a Piece of me: Cultural Preservation of Tucson refugees funded by SBSRI

Research Interests

mobility and displacement (biopolitics, displaced persons, nomadology);  resource politics (resourse nationalism; accumulation by dispossession); political geography of post-Soviet states.

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Contact Information

Orhon Myadar
Assistant Professor, Tucson Public Voices Fellow (2019-2020)
Telephone: 520-621-0221
Office: ENR2 S519


Ph.D. Political Science. University of Hawaii, Manoa


Courses Taught

Geog 210: Political and Cultural Geography of Globalization

Geog 251: World Regions

Geog 311F: Political Geography of East Asia

Geog 373: Political Geography

Geog 696B: Cultural Geography

Geog 696: Political Geography