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Karen Culcasi, Associate Professor
Department of Geology & Geography
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Karen Culcasi

I am happy to announce that my book, Displacing Territory: Syrian and Palestinian Refugees in Jordan, was awarded the 2023 Meridian Book Prize for Outstanding Scholarship from the American Association of Geographers.

Displacing Territory: Syrian and Palestinian Refugees in Jordan

Other recent publications:

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My research uses critical and feminist geopolitical frames to examine contested places and   identities. My work focuses on  Southwest Asia and North Africa (which is often referred to with the problematic term "Middle East"), the Arab world, and rural West Virginia.
I am currently working on:
  • A West Virginia Humanities funded project on Islamophobia and Muslim's daily lives in West Virginia.
  • A Franklin Philosophical Society Grant for archival research on maps of the so-called "Middle East," which have been published in textbooks from across many Arab-majority states since the early 20th century.


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