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

Title: Assistant Professor of Geography
Department: Geography and Planning

Email address: Email me

Office address
355 Rankin Science West


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