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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, has just been released. Check it out at the University of Chicago Press or Amazon.

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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 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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