Patricia Ehrkamp

  • Associate Professor
  • Chair of the Geography Department
  • American Studies
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Geography
  • Social Theory
815 Patterson Office Tower
(859) 257-6952
Research Interests:
Office Hours Fall 2017: Friday 1:30-3:00pm or by appointment

Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 2002
Diplom (Masters’ Degree) Universität Bonn, Germany, 1996


My research considers how immigration changes contemporary European and U.S. American cities and polities.  I have argued that in order to understand immigrant geographies research needs to consider how immigrants and non-immigrant residents in cities of the United States and of Europe create spaces of everyday life, and how these new spaces of everyday life shape wider debates about citizenship, belonging, inclusion and exclusion. My recent work on debates about minarets and mosque construction projects in Germany and Switzerland examines how understandings of secularism, religion, and gender shape contemporary liberal democracies in Europe.

My most recent project on 'The Geopolitics of Trauma' (with Dr. Anna Secor here at UK and Dr. Jenna Loyd at University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin) seeks to understand the role of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the admission and resettlement of Iraqi refugees in the United States. We received funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation (BCS-1461615) for a three year project that studies the admissions screening processes in Turkey and Jordan, and the resettlement processes and refugee well-being in four sites in the United States. 

I am also collaborating with Caroline Nagel at the University of South Carolina on a project on immigrants in the United States. Our collaborative research project in Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, NC, and Greenville-Spartanburg, SC is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (BCS-1021907) as well, and investigates how communities of faith are engaged in the complex and changing geographies of immigration and belonging in the context of recent, rapid immigration and fervent anti-immigrant legislation in the U.S. South. 

My research has been published, among others, in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Urban Geography, Progress in Human Geography, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Space & Polity, Environment and Planning A, and Social & Cultural Geography, and together with Helga Leitner I co-edited a theme issue on “Rethinking immigration and citizenship: New spaces of migrant transnationalism and belonging” in Environment and Planning A.

I teach courses at the undergraduate level on Immigrant America (GEO 221), Population Geography (GEO 544) and qualitative research methods. At the graduate level I teach seminars in Social Theory (Democracy; War; Law, Sex, Family; Feminism/Post-Colonialism), Social Geography (Migrants & Strangers) and Political Geography (Immigration Geopolitics; Borders and Displacement), Qualitative Research Methods, a Publications Workshop, and Proposal Development. 

Selected Publications: 

Ehrkamp, P. and C. Nagel, 2014, 'Under the radar’: Undocumented immigrants, Christian faith communities, and the precarious spaces of welcome in the U.S. South, forthcoming in the 2014 Special Issue on Migration, Annals of the Association of American Geographers (full text available here.)

Ehrkamp, P., 2013, I’ve had it with them!’ Younger migrant women’s spatial practices of conformity and resistance, Gender, Place and Culture 20(1): 19-36; (free access here)

Ehrkamp, P. and C. Nagel, 2012, Immigration, places of worship and the politics of citizenship in the US South, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 37(4): 624-638

Staeheli, L., P. Ehrkamp, H. Leitner, and C. Nagel, 2012, Dreaming the ordinary: Daily life and the complex geographies of citizenship, Progress in Human Geography 36 (5): 627-643 

Ehrkamp, P., 2012, Migrants, mosques, and minarets: Reworking the boundaries of liberal democratic citizenship in Switzerland and Germany, in Walls, Borders, Boundaries: Spatial and Cultural Practices in Europe, eds. Mark Silberman, Karen Till, and Janet Ward, New York and London: Berghahn Books, pp. 135-154

Ehrkamp, P., 2010, The limits of multi-cultural tolerance? Liberal democracy and media portrayals of Muslim migrant women in Germany, Space and Polity 14 (1), 13–32; (free access here)

Ehrkamp, P., 2008, Risking publicity: masculinities and the racialization of public neighborhood space, Social and Cultural Geography 9 (2), 117-133 (free access here)

Ehrkamp, P., 2006,’We Turks are no Germans’: Assimilation discourses and the dialectical construction of identities in Germany, Environment and Planning A, 38 (9): 1673-1692

Ehrkamp, P., 2005, Placing identities. Transnational practices and local attachments of Turkish immigrants in Germany, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 31 (2), 345-364

Ehrkamp, P. and H. Leitner, 2003, Beyond national citizenship: Turkish immigrants and the (re)construction of citizenship in Germany, Urban Geography 24 (2): 127-146

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