Nancy Ettlinger

Nancy Ettlinger

Nancy Ettlinger

Professor | Geography

(614) 292-2573

1144 Derby Hall
154 N. Oval Mall,
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Critical Human Geography
  • Poststructural Theory and Epistemology
  • Governance of Neoliberal Life
  • Culture and Economy
  • Systems of Production Consumption and Social In/justice
  • Critical Health Studies


  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Oklahoma (1984)
  • M.A., Geography, University of Oklahoma (1980)
  • B.A., Anthropology, Hamilton College (1977)

Nancy Ettlinger is a Professor of Geography. As a critical human geographer, Dr. Ettlinger's research asks: how can critiques of our social, political, economic, and cultural environment offer insights into how to produce change? How are people governed and enrolled in a wide range of societal projects (e.g. neoliberalism, segregation, democracy), and what are the prospects for resistance? What is the relation between subjectivity and change? Underscoring these questions is a concern for the relation between individuals and larger-scale phenomena (firms, institutions, societal projects) and an interconnected view of social, political, economic, and cultural processes.

Her recent publications include “Precarity at the nexus of governmentality and sovereignty: entangled fields of power and political subjectivity”,  In Precarity and the International, ed. R. Vij, Palgrave (forthcoming); “Open innovation and its discontents”, Geoforum, (2017); “The governance of crowdsourcing: rationalities of the new exploitation”, Environment and Planning (2016); “Post/neo/liberalism in relational perspective”, Political Geography  (2015). 

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