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Katherine Hankins

Professor    Geosciences Department Chair

Ph.D. University of Georgia, Geography, 2004
M.A. University of Arizona, Geography and Regional Development, 2001
A.B. Dartmouth College, Russian Area Studies, Geography, 1997


Research interests: Urban geography, urban politics, spatial justice, environmental justice, gentrification, neighborhood activism, place-making.


As an urban geographer, my research examines how the city is produced and navigated by individuals, groups, and organizations, primarily at the scale of the neighborhood. I pay particular attention to how various practices and moments of urban place-making become ‘political,’ whether through organized collective action or in the ‘quiet politics’ of everyday decision-making and practice. In empirical projects in and about Atlanta, I have considered various ‘city makers’—agents of urban spatial change—in the arenas of schooling, community development, and housing. In addition, my work has drawn from and contributed to understandings of the city as a product of individual and collective mobilities, particularly as these relate to the dynamic complexities of housing access and urban social change. Methodologically, I am a qualitative researcher with a commitment to resource under-represented groups in co-producing knowledge, both in the context of advising students and in facilitating community-engaged scholarship.

My work has been funded by a variety of sources, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Georgia Department of Transportation. I have published my research in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, The Professional Geographer, Environment and Planning A, Urban Studies, Antipode, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Social and Cultural Geography, and the Journal of Urban History, among others.