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 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, sectarian conflicts and reconciliation, international forced migration, spatiality and politics of religion, landscape policies and place marketing in Europe, as well as the implications of transnational medical care in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her dissertation investigated regional geopolitics and international place branding 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.

Vice President of the Political Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers

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

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Dempsey, Kara E. (2021). “Geopolitical Embodied Violence and Migrant Agency Among Asylum Seekers in the Netherlands,” Geopolitics. Forthcoming.

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: Assistant Professor
Department: Geography and Planning

Email address: Email me

Office address
Rankin Science West 355


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