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Koch, Natalie

Assistant Professor, Geography
Syracuse University


I am a political geographer focusing on the territorial state system, nationalism, citizenship, and the geopolitics of authoritarianism. With regional concentrations in Central Asia and the Arabian Peninsula, I examine how people (re)produce state-based spatial affinities and identities, and in so doing, produce normative maps of liberalism and illiberalism. I am particularly interested in alternative sites of geopolitical analysis, including sport, spectacle, higher education, urban development, and other ostensibly positive discourses that enact differential forms of geo-power and constitute individuals as political subjects.

DISCIPLINE
Geography
SUB AREAS
Gulf Studies   
Central Asian Studies   
Education   
Gender/Women's Studies   
Modernization   
Nationalism   
State Formation   
Urban Studies   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Kazakhstan   
Qatar   
Saudi Arabia   
UAE   
Azerbaijan   
Uzbekistan   
Turkey   
Gulf   
Central Asia   
former Soviet Union   
SPECIALTIES
Higher education   
Capital city development   
Nationalism & spectacle   
LANGUAGES
English (Native)   
Russian (Advanced)   
German (Advanced)   
Spanish (Advanced)   
EDUCATION
PhD2012GeographyU of Colorado, Boulder
MA2009GeographyU of Colorado, Boulder
BA2006Geography & RussianDartmouth College
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