Joseph Pierce

Assistant Professor

Bellamy 309
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Dr. Joseph Pierce is an urban geographer, with interests in urban politics, questions of ecology and sustainability, and the political production of urban landscapes. Building centrally on the theoretical work of Doreen Massey and Henri Lefebvre, he is interested in how urban "places" operate, how justice claims are made and negotiated in urban environments, and how urban residents understand their roles in urban land and property governance. His office has been recognized for having the best feng shui in the department, but there is still much room for improvement.


Ph.D. Geography. Clark University. 2011
M.A. Geography. Clark University. 2010
M.A. Interdisciplinary. New York University. 2007
B.A. Liberal Arts. Hampshire College. 2000

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Urban politics, sustainability, place theory, urban terrain, American urban form, South African urbanisms, alternative property theory, qualitative methods, qualitative GIS.

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