Patricia Ehrkamp

  • Associate Professor
  • Chair of the Geography Department
  • American Studies
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Geography
  • New Maps Plus
  • Social Theory
815 Patterson Office Tower
(859) 257-6952
Research Interests:
Availability
Office Hours Spring 2018: Friday 1:30-3:00pm or by appointment
Education

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

Research

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, Ethnic and Racial 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), A World of Migrants (HON 251), 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 (GEO 722 Migrants & Strangers) and Political Geography (GEO 714 Immigration Geopolitics; GEO 714: Borders and Displacement), GEO 705 Qualitative Research Methods, GEO 655 Publications Workshop, and GEO 743 Proposal Development. 

Selected Publications: 

Loyd, J., Ehrkamp, P. and A. Secor, forthcoming, A geopolitics of trauma: Refugee administration and protracted uncertainty in Turkey, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

Ehrkamp, P., 2017, Progress Report: Geographies of Migration II: The racial-spatial politics of immigration, Progress in Human Geography, https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132517747317

Ehrkamp, P., 2017, Nativism, nationalism, and the hardening lines of citizenship, Society & Space Open Site

Ehrkamp, P. and C. Nagel, 2017, Policing the borders of church and societal membership: Immigrant and faith-based communities in the U.S. South, special issue on Polymorphous Borders, Territory, Politics, Government 5(3): 318-331

Nagel, C. and P. Ehrkamp, 2017, Immigration, Christian faith communities, and the practice of multiculturalism in the US South, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 40(1): 190-208, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2016.1229489

Ehrkamp, P., 2016, Progress Report: Geographies of Migration I: Refugees, Progress in Human Geography DOI: 10.1177/0309132516663061

Nagel, C. and P. Ehrkamp, 2016, Deserving welcome? Immigrants and the contentious politics of belonging in the churches of the U.S. South, Antipode 48(4): 1040-158, DOI: 10.1111/anti.12233

Ehrkamp, P. and M. Jacobsen, 2015, Citizenship, Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Geography, (eds. Anna Secor, Joanne Sharpe, John Agnew, Virginie Mamadouh), pp. 152-164

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, Special Issue on Migration, Annals of the Association of American Geographers104(2): 319-328, DOI: 10.1080/00045608.2013.858573

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

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., 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

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

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

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