My research uses critical and feminist geopolitical frames to
examine contested places and identities. My work
focuses on the "Middle East," the Arab world, and Appalachia.
I am currently working on a book, under contract at the University
of Chicago, on refugee practices and imaginings in Jordan.
Culcasi, Karen (2019). "
Contemporary Refugee-Border Dynamics and the Legacies of the 1919 Paris Peace
co-authored with Emily Skop and Cynthia Gorman, is available on
Culcasi, Karen (2019). “
We are women and men now”: Intimate spaces and coping labour for Syrian women
refugees in Jordan." Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers Culcasi, Karen (2017). “Multiple Identities of Egypt: Cartographic Constructions
of the Modern Egyptian Nation-State.” In Maps and Decolonization, James Ackerman
(ed). Chicago: University of Chicago.
Culcasi, Karen (2016). "
Engaging in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Debate."Geographical
Review 106, 2, 258-263
Culcasi, Karen (2016). “
Images and Imaginings of Palestine: Territory and Everyday Geopolitics for
Palestinian Jordanians,” Geopolitics, 21, 1, 69-91
Culcasi, Karen (2016). “
The “Warm” Nationalism of Jordan: The Creation of a Multi-scalar and Contested
National Identity.” Political Geography, 54, 7-20
McNeil, Brenden and Karen Culcasi (2014). “ Maps on Acid: Cartographic Constructions of the Acid Rain Environmental Issue, 1972-1980 .” The Professional Geographer.
Culcasi, Karen (2014). “ Disordered Ordering: Mapping the Division of the Ottoman Empire .” Cartographica.
Culcasi, Karen (2013). “Geography of Egypt.” In The Middle East in Focus: Egypt, Mona Russell (ed). 1-15, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC CLIO. (Non-Peer Reviewed)
Culcasi, Karen (2013). “Cartographies of nation building: Creating and contesting the Egyptian geo-body.” Arab World Geographer, 16,1, 30-53.
Culcasi, Karen (2012). “ Mapping the Middle East from Within: (Counter-) Cartographies of an Imperialist Construction.” Antipode, 44, 4 1099-1118.
C ulcasi, Karen. (2011). “ Cartographies of Supranationalism: Creating and Silencing Territories in the ‘Arab Homeland ’.” Political Geography, 30, 417-428.
Culcasi, Karen and Mahmut Gokmen. (2011). “ The Face of Danger: Beards in the U.S. Media’s Representations of Arabs, Muslims, and Middle Easterners .” Aether: The Journal of Media Geography. 8, B, 82-96.
Culcasi, Karen. (2010). “ Constructing and Naturalizing the Middle East .” Geographical Review.100, 4 583-597.
Culcasi, Karen. (2010). “Locating Kurdistan: Contextualizing Kurdistan’s Ambiguous Boundaries.” In Borderlines and Borderlands: Political Oddities at the Edge of the Nation-State, Alexander C. Diener and Joshua Hagen (eds). 107-120, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
C ulcasi, Karen. (2008). “Cartographic Constructions of the Middle East.” Imago Mundi, 60, 1, 120-121.
C ulcasi, Karen. (2006). “ Cartographically Constructing Kurdistan within Geopolitical and Orientalist Discourses .” Political Geography, 25, 680-706.