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Professor Jason Dittmer

Prof. Jason Dittmer                  Ferry connoisseur

Department of Geography
University College London
North-West Wing, Room 102
London WC1E 6BT

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7679 0412
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7679 0565

Feedback and academic support hours

  • 10am-11am on Mondays
  • 10am-12pm on Wednesdays


Editorial Board Member: Political Geography; The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship

I am the author of Diplomatic Material: Affect, Assemblage, and Foreign Policy (Duke University Press, 2017), Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero: Metaphors, Narratives, and Geopolitics (Temple University Press, 2013) and Popular Culture, Geopolitics, and Identity (Rowman and Littlefield, 1st ed. 2010; 2nd ed. 2019). I am also the editor (or co-editor) of Geopolitics: An Introductory Reader (Routledge, 2014), the Ashgate Research Companion to Media Geography (Ashgate, 2014), Comic Book Geographies (Franz Steiner, 2014), and Mapping the End Times: American Evangelical Geopolitics and Apocalyptic Visions (Ashgate, 2010).

Please contact me if you are interested in conducting PhD study in any of the following topics, or if you have an innovative and different idea in which you think I might be interested:

  • Geopolitics, critical and materialist
  • Critical approaches to spaces of diplomacy and the military
  • Geographies of media, especially comic books


Professor of Political Geography, Department of Geography, University College London

Reader in Human Geography, Department of Geography, University College London

Lecturer in Human Geography, Department of Geography, University College London

Assistant Professor of Human Geography, Department of Geology and Geography, Georgia Southern University

Post-graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, UCL

PhD in Geography, Florida State University

MA in International Affairs, Florida State University

BA in Political Science/International Studies, Jacksonville University

Click here for Publications.

My current research can be understood as an attempt to weave together geopolitics and assemblage theory.  My primary research project at the moment is an investigation of Gibraltar as a material site shaped by geo -political and -logical processes unfolding at a range of temporalities. This project builds on, and brings together, work I have been undertaking over recent years in two realms. First, I maintain a research programme looking at the material connections between different states. My initial work on this has been published in Diplomatic Material: Affect, Assemblage, and Foreign Policy (Duke University Press, 2017). I am now trying to push this forward both by investigating the interoperability of national militaries and -- with my colleague Fiona McConnell -- by studying the diplomatic relations of the British Overseas Territories. Second, with my colleague Emma Waterton, I focus on the materiality of popular geopolitics through an examination of embodied encounters with heritage sites associated with militarism and nuclear testing.

Locarno SuiteI am currently collaborating with parts of HM Government of Gibraltar on issues of heritage and conservation/urban planning. Some aspects of my research may be of wider interest to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and also the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Gibraltar. In the past I have written a policy report for the FCO, which can be found referenced under 'Publications'.

3.jpgUndergraduate teaching:

  • Overseas Field Course: Gibraltar

Graduate teaching:

  • Geo-Politics




Dina Alawadi

Silvia Binenti

Will Stewart


Past graduates:

Dr Amil Mohanan

Dr Bharath Ganesh

Dr Sam Page

Dr Joe Thorogood

Dr Pooya Ghoddousi