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Catriona Gold


Department of Geography
University College London
Gower St







PhD topic: "Don't be an 'Ugly American'": the US Passport Office and Cold War government of travel, 1955-77.

My PhD research is concerned broadly with US government of travel during the Cold War, and specifically with the role of the Passport Office in shaping both policy approaches to, and popular narratives about, the travel of Americans. I am interested in the development of particular forms of American subjectivity, mobility and security infrastructures associated with the construction of travel as a political object. This project is supervised by Alan Ingram and Tariq Jazeel.

My overarching research interest is in genealogies of security, especially as they intersect with questions of mobility, disease, geographical imaginaries and US foreign policy. My graduate research at the University of British Columbia examined the establishment and growth of US Africa Command, and its role in responding to the 2013-16 Ebola epidemic.

My PhD is primarily funded by an Economic and Social Research Council 1+3 studentship; the ESRC also funded an Overseas Institutional Visit to Carleton University, Ottawa, supervised by William Walters.

My archival research in Washington, DC was facilitated by a six-month Fellowship at the Library of Congress' Kluge Center, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


MA Geography, University of British Columbia.

MSc Global Migration, University College London.

BA (Hons) Geography, University of Nottingham.