Kara E. Dempsey


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Research Interests

  • Nationalism and Geopolitics
  • International Forced Migration
  • Conflict and Reconcilitation in Ireland
  • Geopolitics of Religion
  • European Environmental Politics
  • Health Geographies in Developing Nations
  • Politics of Place, Political Landscapes, Architecture and Representation in Europe
  • Place Marketing and City Networking
  • Human Geography (Cultural, Political, Historical, and Urban)

Courses Taught

  • GHY 5130: Human Geography Seminar
  • GHY 3230: Political Geography
  • GHY 1040: Human Geography and Social Justice
  • GHY 3017: Mediterranean Empires and Globalization
  • GHY 3011: Europe Past and Present
  • GHY 1020: Exploring People and Places Globally

Research Profile

Dr. Dempsey is a political and cultural geographer with interests in nationalism, sectarian conflicts and reconciliation, international forced migration, spatiality and politics of religion, landscape policies and environmental change in Europe, as well as the implications of transnational medical care in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her dissertation investigated regional geopolitics and independence efforts in an autonomous region in Spain, focusing on political corruption and nationalist sentiments. Dr. Dempsey’s current work examines the geopolitics of international forced migration and asylum policies in Europe since 2015. She is also studying the role of landscape in reconciliation efforts in Ireland.

President of the Political Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers - www.politicalgeography.org

President Emeritus of the European Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Dempsey, Kara E. (2021). "Migrant Agency and Counter-Hegemonic Efforts Among Asylum Seekers in the Netherlands in Response to Geopolitical Control and Exclusion," Geopolitics(PDF)

Myadar, Orhon, & Dempsey, Kara E. (2021). "Making and Unmaking Refugees: Geopolitics of Social Ordering and Struggle within the Global Refugee Regime," Geopolitics. (PDF)

Handwerger, L. R., Runkle, J. R., Leeper, R., Shay, E., Dempsey, K., & Sugg, M. M. (2021). “An Assessment of Social and Physical Vulnerability to Hydroclimate Extremes in Appalachia,” Natural Hazards.

Dempsey, Kara E. (2020). “Spaces of Violence: A Typology of the Political Geography of Violence Against Migrants Seeking Asylum in the EU," Political Geography, 17: 102157. (PDF)

Dempsey, Kara E. (2020). “Fostering Grassroots Civic Nationalism in an Ethno-Nationally Divided Community in Northern Ireland,” Geopolitics. DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2020.1727449. (PDF)

Dempsey, Kara E. and McDowell, S. (2018). “Disaster Depictions and Geopolitical Representations in Europe’s ‘Migration Crisis’,” Geoforum, 98: 153-160. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.11.008. (PDF)

Dempsey, Kara E. (2018). “Negotiated Positionalities and Ethical Considerations of Fieldwork on Migration: Interviewing the Interviewer,” ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 17(1): 88-108. (PDF)

Andersen, L.M., Bonevac, A.N., Thompson, L.K., Dempsey, K.E., Shay, E.D., and Sugg, M.M. (2019). "Understanding Key-Informant Experiences and Perceptions of the 2016 Drought and Wildfires in Western North Carolina," Weather, Climate, and Society, 11(1): 229-241. DOI: 10.1175/WCAS-D-18-0061.1. (PDF)

Dempsey, Kara E., Qureshi, M., Ondoma, S., and Dempsey, R., (2017). “Effect of Geopolitical Forces on Neurosurgical Training in Sub-Saharan Africa,” World Neurosurgery, Feb 6. DOI: 10.1016/j.wneu.2017.01.104. (PDF)

Dempsey, Kara E. (2016). “Competing Claims & Nationalist Narratives: A City/State Debate in a Globalizing World,” Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 107(1): 33-47. DOI: 10.1111/tesg.12127. (PDF)

Dempsey, Kara E. and Wilbrand, S., (2016). “The Role of the Region in the European Landscape Convention,” Regional Studies, 51(6): 909-919. DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2016.1144923. (PDF)

Dempsey, Kara, E. (2012). “‘Galicia’s Hurricane’ Actor Networks and Iconic Constructions,” Geographical Review, 102(1): 93-102. DOI: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2012.00132.x. (PDF)

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Dempsey, Kara, E. (2018). “Creating a Place for the Nation in Dublin: The Republic of Ireland’s Garden of Remembrance,” in (eds.) Hagen, Josh and Diener, Alexander. The City as Power: Urban Space, Place, and National Identity. Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 27-40. (PDF)

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Geography and Planning

Email address: Email me

Office address
Rankin Science West 355


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