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Professor in the Department of Geography+44 (0) 191 33 41819


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


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