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David Baylis

Social Science



  • Ph.D (2015): Geography, Michigan State University
  • M.S. (2009): Geography, Michigan State University
  • B.S. (2006): Summa Cum Laude: Geography & Political Science, Aquinas College

Areas of Expertise

  • Gender and Place
  • Cultural, Political and Historical Human Geography
  • Environmental and Cultural history
  • Science and Technology
  • Cartography

Courses Taught

  • Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Cultural Geography
  • Thematic Cartography
  • Cartographic Design and Visualization
  • Cartographic Design and Visualization
  • Humans and their Environment
  • Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Critical Geopolitics
  • Geography of the MENA and Central Asia
  • Geographic Perspectives on Food and Agriculture
  • World Regional Geography
  • Human Geography

Research Interests

Dr. Baylis’ research and teaching interests are in the cultural, political, and historical subfields of human geography. He uses a mixed-methods approach which draws from ethnography and narrative analysis, feminist and queer theory, environmental and cultural history, science and technology studies, and cartography. He is especially interested in the spaces of bodily control and regulation, critical population geographies, biopolitics, and governmentality. His regional focus is in Southwest and Central Asia with a particular emphasis on Turkey and Uzbekistan. He is also interested in cultural, political, and environmental geographies of the American South as well as teaching methods in world regional geography and the use of pop-cultural analysis in cultural geography.

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