Network Organisers

Dr Jason Dittmer is Reader in Human Geography at University College London. From Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Jason studied at Jacksonville University (BA in Political Science/International Studies, 1998) and Florida State University (MA in International Affairs, 1999; PhD in Geography, 2003) before taking up his current post at UCL in 2007. His research interests are in geopolitics and the everyday, with a particular interest in popular culture. His books on this topic include Popular Culture, Geopolitics, and Identity (Rowman and Littlefield, 2010), Mapping the End Times: American Evangelical Geopolitics and Apocalyptic Visions (Ashgate, 2010), and Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero: Metaphors, Narratives, and Geopolitics (Temple University Press, 2013). His current research project is reconceptualising geopolitics through materiality and assemblage, with an empirical focus on diplomacy. [Website]

Dr Fiona McConnell
F McConnell
is a Lecturer in Human Geography at Newcastle University. From Belfast, Northern Ireland, Fiona did her undergraduate degree in Geography at University of Cambridge (2004), and obtained her Masters and PhD at Queen Mary, University of London. Intersecting with scholarship in political geography, critical international relations and political anthropology, Fiona's research focuses on issues around issues of sovereignty, state practices and the (re)pluralising of political space. She has a particular interest in how communities officially excluded from formal state politics are nevertheless engaging with aspects of statecraft, with her doctoral research focusing on the sovereign practices of the exile Tibetan government based in India. Alongside interests in the practices and pedagogy of unofficial diplomacy, she is currently working on a book manuscript which develops the idea of rehearsal and the state, and an edited volume on geographies of peace. [Website]

Advisory Board
Prof. Kathleen Burk (UCL, History) [Website]
Prof. Klaus Dodds (Royal Holloway, Univ. of London, Geography) [Website]
Dr. Neill Lochery (UCL, Hebrew and Jewish Studies) [Website]
Dr. Alan Ingram (UCL, Geography) [Website