Mathew Coleman

Matthew Coleman

Mathew Coleman

Professor, Interim Chair | Geography

(614) 292-9686

1156 Derby Hall
154 N. Oval Mall,
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Geopolitics
  • Immigration
  • Geography of Law


  • Ph.D., Geography, University of California at Los Angeles (2005)
  • M.A., Political Economy, Carleton University (1999)
  • B.A., Political Science, Carleton University (1997)
  • B.A., Political Science, Université d’Ottawa, (1996)
Interests: Geopolitics, Immigration, Geography of Law
Current Research: My current research focuses on immigration law and politics. More specifically my interests lie on issues related to the U.S.-Mexico border, interior immigration enforcement, critical geopolitics, political geography, states and statecraft, geographies of power and resistance.
Courses Taught:
Geography 3600- Political Geography: "Space, Power, and Political Geography"
Geography 3601- Geopolitics: "World Politics and the Modern Geopolitical Imagination"
Geography 4100-Geographic Inquiry: "History of Geographical Thought"
Geography 7101-Research Design
Geography 8601/8602-(Seminars) Theory of Political Geography: "Biopolitics, Genealogy, and Archaeology", "Law and Geography" or "Empire and Imperialism"
Select Publications:
Coleman, M. 2012, forthcoming. Immigrant il-legality: Geopolitical and legal borders in the US, 1882-present (Special Issue: Migration, Mobility, and Geopolitics).Geopolitics. Vol. 17, no. 1.
Coleman, M. 2011, forthcoming. The local migration state: the site-specific devolution of immigration enforcement in the U.S. South. Law & Policy. Vol. 33, no. 4.
Coleman, M. 2011, forthcoming. Detention, deportation, devolution and immigrant incapacitation in the US, post-9/11 (Special issue: 9/11 + 10). The Geographical Journal of the Royal Geographical Society. Vol. 177, no. 3.
Coleman, M. 2009. What counts as geopolitics, and where? Devolution and immigrant insecurity after 9/11.Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Vol. 5, no. 99: 904-913.
Coleman, M. and K. Grove, 2009. Biopower, biopolitics and the return of sovereignty.Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Vol. 27, no. 4: 489-507.

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