Kara E. Dempsey


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Research Interests

  • Nationalism and Geopolitics
  • Politics of place, architecture and representation in Europe 
  • European environmental politics 
  • Place marketing and city networking
  • Health Geographies in developing nations
  • Human Geography (Cultural, Political, Historical and Urban)
  • International Migration
  • Conflict and Reconciliation in Ireland

Courses Taught

  • GHY 5130: Human Geography Seminar
  • GHY 4230: Political Geography
  • GHY 1020: World Regional Geography
  • GHY 3011: Europe and the Russian Realm
  • GHY 3017: Political Geography of Spain and North Africa
  • GHY 1040: Introduction to Human Geography

Research Profile

Dr. Dempsey is a political and cultural geographer with interests in nationalism and place marketing in Europe, spatiality and politics of religion, landscape policies, and the implications of transnational medical care in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her dissertation investigated international place branding efforts in an autonomous region in Spain, focusing on political corruption and nationalist sentiments.Dr. Dempsey’s current work examines the implementation of landscape policies in Europe since its debt crisis as well as the political and social impacts of international migration into Europe since 2015. She is also studying the role of landscape in reconciliation efforts in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

President of the European Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers

Board Member of the Political Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers


Dempsey, Kara E. (2019). “Fostering a hybrid nationalism in an ethno-nationally divided community: A ‘shared place’ in Belfast, Northern Ireland”, Geopolitics. Forthcoming.

Dempsey, Kara E. and McDowell, S. (2018). “Disaster Depictions and Geopolitical Representations in Europe’s ‘Migration Crisis’,” Geoforum. Forthcoming.

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)

Anderson, L., Bonevac, A., Dempsey, K.E, and Sugg, M. (2018). “Understanding Key Informant Experiences and Perceptions of the 2016 Drought and Wildfires in Western North Carolina”, Weather, Climate and Society. Forthcoming.

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. (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.


Dempsey, Kara E., The Terrible Beauty: The geography of conflict, nationalism and reconciliation in Ireland. Under an advanced contract with publication with Syracuse University Press.


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: Assistant Professor of Geography
Department: Geography and Planning

Email address: Email me

Office address
355 Rankin Science West


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