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 territorial imaginings in Jordan.
I have recently begun a new funded project on Islamophobia and Muslim's daily lives in West Virginia. My older work within critical cartography continues to influence my work on spatial imaginings and (counter)representational practices.
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.