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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.

I am currently pursuing scholarship in four areas: 1) The role of religion and sectarian difference in public life in Turkey (in collaboration with Banu Gökarıksel); 2) The geopolitics of trauma and the resettlement of Iraqi refugees in the US (in collaboration with Patricia Ehrkamp and Jenna Loyd); 3) Topological space, difference and politics, especially engaging the spatial thinking of Lacan and Deleuze (including various collaborations with Lauren MartinVirginia BlumDan Cockayne and Derek Ruez); and 4) Creative geographies (including various collaborations with Paul Kingsbury, Jess Linz and Robby Hardesty).

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.

Since 2016, I have served as an editor of the Sage journal of cultural geographies.

Research interests

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Blum, V. & Secor, A.J. (2014). Mapping trauma: topography to topology. In Psychoanalytic Geographies. Pile, S. & Kingsbury, P Ashgate. 103-116.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Secor, Anna J. (2004). Feminizing electoral geography. In Mapping Women, Making Politics. Staeheli, LA, Kofman, E & Peake, L Routledge. 261-272.

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

  • Ehrkamp, Patricia, Loyd, Jenna M. & Secor, Anna J. (2021). Trauma as Displacement: Observations from Refugee Resettlement. Annals of the American Association of Geographers
  • Linz, Jess & Secor, Anna J. (2021). Undoing mastery: With ambivalence? Dialogues in Human Geography 11(1): 108-111.
  • Gökarıksel, Banu & Secor, Anna J (2018). Affective geopolitics: Anxiety, pain, and ethics in the encounter with Syrian refugees in Turkey. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 239965441881425.
  • Secor, Anna & Linz, Jess (2017). Becoming minor. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 35(4): 568.
  • Hardesty, Robby, Linz, Jess & Secor, Anna J. (2019). Walter Benja-Memes. GeoHumanities 1.
  • Cockayne, Daniel G., Ruez, Derek & Secor, Anna J. (2019). Thinking space differently: Deleuze's Möbius topology for a theorisation of the encounter. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
  • Loyd, Jenna M., Ehrkamp, Patricia & Secor, Anna J. (2018). A geopolitics of trauma: Refugee administration and protracted uncertainty in Turkey. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 43(3): 377-389.
  • Gökarıksel, Banu & Secor, Anna J. (2017). Devout Muslim masculinities: the moral geographies and everyday practices of being men in Turkey. Gender, Place & Culture 24(3): 381.
  • Gökarıksel, Banu & Secor, Anna (2017). The post-Islamist problematic: questions of religion and difference in everyday life. Social & Cultural Geography 18(5): 645.
  • Cockayne, Daniel G., Ruez, Derek & Secor, Anna (2017). Between ontology and representation. Progress in Human Geography 41(5): 580.
  • Gökarıksel, Banu & Secor, Anna (2015). Post-secular geographies and the problem of pluralism: Religion and everyday life in Istanbul, Turkey. Political Geography 46: 21.
  • Gökarıksel, Banu & Secor, Anna (2014). The Veil, Desire, and the Gaze: Turning the Inside Out. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 40(1): 177.
  • Martin, Lauren & Secor, Anna J. (2014). Towards a post-mathematical topology. Progress in Human Geography 38(3): 420-438.
  • Secor, Anna (2013). 2012 Urban Geography Plenary Lecture Topological City. Urban Geography 34(4): 430.
  • Gökarıksel, Banu & Secor, Anna (2012). “Even I Was Tempted” The Moral Ambivalence and Ethical Practice of Veiling-Fashion in Turkey. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 102(4): 847.
  • Secor, Anna (2011). Turkey's Democracy: A Model for the Troubled Middle East? Eurasian Geography and Economics 52(2): 157.
  • Roberts, Sue, Secor, Anna & Zook, Matthew (2011). Critical Infrastructure: Mapping the Leaky Plumbing of US Hegemony. Antipode 44(1): 5.
  • Blum, Virginia & Secor, Anna (2011). Psychotopologies: Closing the Circuit between Psychic and Material Space. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 29(6): 1030.
  • Gökarıksel, Banu & Secor, Anna (2010). Islamic-ness in the life of a commodity: veiling-fashion in Turkey. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 35(3): 313.
  • Gökarıksel, Banu & Secor, Anna (2010). Between Fashion andTesettür. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 6(3): 118.
  • Gökarıksel, Banu & Secor, Anna J (2009). New transnational geographies of Islamism, capitalism and subjectivity: the veiling-fashion industry in Turkey. Area 41(1): 6.
  • Belcher, O, Martin, L, Secor, A, Simon, S & Wilson, T (2008). "Everywhere and Nowhere: The Exception and the Topological Challenge to Geography". Antipode 40(4): 499-503.
  • Secor, Anna J (2008). Žižek's Dialectics of Difference and the Problem of Space. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space 40(11): 2623.
  • Secor, Anna (2007). Review essay: Territory, enmity, and American globalism. Review of International Political Economy 14(3): 535.
  • Secor, Anna J (2007). Between Longing and Despair: State, Space, and Subjectivity in Turkey. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 25(1): 33.
  • Secor, Anna J. & O'Loughlin, John (2005). Social and political trust in Istanbul and Moscow: A comparative analysis of individual and neighbourhood effects. Transactions of the Institute for British Geographers, 30(1): 66-82.
  • Secor, Anna (2004). “There Is an Istanbul That Belongs to Me” Citizenship, Space, and Identity in the City. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 94(2): 352.
  • Roberts, Susan, Secor, Anna & Sparke, Matthew (2003). Neoliberal Geopolitics. Antipode 35(5): 886.
  • Secor, Anna J. (2003). Citizenship in the City: Identity, Community, and Rights Among Women Migrants to Istanbul. Urban Geography 24(2): 147.
  • Secor, Anna J (2003). Belaboring Gender: The Spatial Practice of Work and the Politics of ‘Making Do’ in Istanbul. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space 35(12): 2209.
  • Secor, Anna J. (2002). The Veil and Urban Space in Istanbul: Women's dress, mobility and Islamic knowledge. Gender, Place & Culture 9(1): 5.
  • Secor, Anna (2001). Islamist politics: Antisystemic or post‐modern movements? Geopolitics 6(3): 117.
  • Secor, A.J. (2001). Ideologies in crisis: political cleavages and electoral politics in Turkey in the 1990s. Political Geography 20(5): 539.
  • Secor, Anna J. (2001). Toward a Feminist Counter-geopolitics: Gender, Space and Islamist Politics in Istanbul. Space and Polity 5(3): 191.
  • Secor, A.J. (1999). Gender, Orientalism and Class in Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s Turkish Embassy Letters: To Persons of Distinction, Men of Letters &c. Ecumene 6(4): 375-398.