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Professor in the Department of Geography412+44 (0) 191 33 41819
Professor , Geographies of Life412+44 (0) 191 33 41819
Professor , Politics-State-Space412+44 (0) 191 33 41819
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I am a feminist cultural and political geographer. I received my PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2000. Over the past two decades, my work has contributed to feminist political geography, cultural geography, urban geography, Turkish studies, geographies of religion, and spatial theory. From 2016-2022, I served as an editor of cultural geographies (Sage). 

The strands of my work converge on questions of difference, politics, and space. I ask: What is ‘difference,’ how does it emerge, how does it become political, and what is at stake in this process? What are the embodied, affective, and topological dimensions of the (geo)political? How can we rethink core geographical concepts such that they become tools for a feminist and decolonial politics? How might geographical thought and research practice unleash new political potentialities? These questions animate my ongoing reading, teaching, writing and experimentation in geography.

Research interests

  • Affect and Politics
  • Political Geography
  • Cultural Geography
  • Gender
  • Social Theory
  • Middle East
  • Refugees
  • Religion
  • Trauma Literature and Trauma Studies
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Deleuze
  • Topology
  • Creative Geographies


Chapter in book

  • Gökarıksel, Banu & Secor, Anna J. (Published). Beyond the symbolism of the headscarf: the assemblage of veiling and the headscarf as an agentic thing. In The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Material Religion. Narayanan, V John Wiley & Sons.
  • Ehrkamp, P., Loyd, J. & Secor, A.J. (2019). Embodiment and Memory in the Geopolitics of Trauma. In Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration. Fluri J, Mitchell K & Jones R Edward Elgar Press. 117-129.
  • Secor, Anna J. (2018). I love death: War in Syria and the Anxiety of the Other. In Psychoanalysis and the GlObal. Kapoor, I. Nebraska University Press. 97-115.
  • Gökarıksel, B & Secor, AJ (2015). What Makes a Commodity Islamic? The Case of Veiling Fashion in Turkey. In Islam, Marketing, and Consumption: Critical Perspectives on the Intersections. Jafari, A & Sandıkcı, Ö Routledge. 123-138.
  • Blum, V. & Secor, A.J. (2014). Mapping trauma: topography to topology. In Psychoanalytic Geographies. Pile, S. & Kingsbury, P Ashgate. 103-116.
  • Gökarıksel, B & Secor, AJ (2013). Transnational networks of veiling-fashion between Turkey and Western Europe. In Islamic Fashion and Anti-Fashion. Tarlo, E. & Moors, A. Bloomsbury Academic. 157-167.
  • Gökarıksel, B & Secor, AJ (2012). ‘You can't know how they are inside’ The ambivalence of veiling and discourses of the other in Turkey. In Religion and Place: Landscape, Politics, and Piety. Kong, L, Hopkins, P & Olson, B Springer. 95-114.
  • Secor, Anna J. (2006). An unrecognizable condition has arrived: Law, violence, and the state of exception. In Violent Geographies: Fear, Terror, and Political Violence. Gregory, D & Pred, A Routledge. 37-53.
  • Falah, G. & Nagel, C. (2005). Islamism, democracy and the political production of the headscarf issue in Turkey. In Geographies of Muslim Women: Gender, Religion and Space. Guilford. 203-225.
  • Secor, Anna J. (2004). Feminizing electoral geography. In Mapping Women, Making Politics. Staeheli, LA, Kofman, E & Peake, L Routledge. 261-272.
  • Secor, Anna J (2004). Discourses of globalization and Islamist politics: Beyond global-local. In Globalization and its Outcomes. O’Loughlin, J Staeheli, L & Greenberg, E Guilford. 279-295.

Edited book

  • Kingsbury, Paul & Secor, Anna J (2021). A Place More Void. Cultural Geographies + Rewriting the Earth. University of Nebraska Press.
  • Agne, J., Mamadouh, V. Secor, A.J. & Sharp, J (2015). The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Political Geography. John Wiley & Sons.

Journal Article

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