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Professor Jason Dittmer

Prof. Jason Dittmer                  Ferry connoisseur

Department of Geography
University College London
Pearson Building, Room 102
London WC1E 6BT

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

Office hours (Term 2):

Tuesdays: 11am-1:00pm

Wednesdays: 11am-noon (except 13 March)

Book review editor: Social and Cultural Geography

Editorial Board Member: Political Geography; Professional Geographer; 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, 2010). 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

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My current research can be understood as an attempt to weave together geopolitics and assemblage theory.  I am currently exploring this in two realms. First, I maintain a research programme looking at the material connections between different states. My initial project 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 SuiteMy current research on diplomacy may be of interest to various government ministries, especially the FCO, MoD, and DfID, as well as the governments of the Overseas Territories. Other research projects that I am working on may be of interest to entities such as UNESCO, Heritage England, and ICOMOS.



3.jpgUndergraduate teaching:

  • Global Events
  • Political Geography and Geopolitics (team-taught)
  • Overseas Field Course: Gibraltar

Graduate teaching:

  • Geo-Politics




Dina Alawadi


Past graduates:

Dr Amil Mohanan

Dr Bharath Ganesh

Dr Sam Page

Dr Joe Thorogood

Dr Pooya Ghoddousi