PhD in hand and off to IGU in Beijing

Dissertation defense (photo credit: Lily House-Peters)

I’ve just completed all the degree requirements for a PhD! My dissertation is titled, “National Governance of Offshore Volumes: Challenging Geometries, Geopolitics, and Geophysicalities.” One of the chapters will be published as a book chapter “The Deep Pacific: Island Governance and Seabed Mineral Development” in E. Stratford (ed.), Island Geographies: Essays and Conversations. Routledge Studies in Human Geography. New York, NY: Rutledge with a publication date of 2017.

I’ll be heading to Beijing at the end of this week to present a paper, “Territory, Sovereignty, and Geometry: Politics in the Pacific Ocean, ” at the International Geographical Union (IGU) Conference. Its my first time attending this conference and was made possible by a Junior Scholar award from the NSF and the Association of American Geographers. I’ve reserved a tour to visit the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs.

I return just in time to begin my new gig as an assistant professor at California State University – Maritime Academy in the Bay Area. I will teaching Ocean Politics, Comparative Politics and Environmental Policy this fall.