University of Colorado at Boulder

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Faculty

John O'Loughlin

Political; Former Soviet Union; Post Communist Societies; Nationalism

Professor of Geography 

Human Geography
Faculty Research Associate of IBS
303-492-1619 IBS2  |  303-492-4371 Gugg 201h  
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 1973

Research Interests

John O'Loughlin's research interests are in the political geography of the post-Soviet Union, including Russian and Ukrainian geopolitics, Eurasian quasi-states, and ethno-territorialial nationalisms. He has also published on the diffusion of democracy, electoral geography, the geography of conflict, and the political geography of Nazi Germany. He teaches undergraduate classes in Political Geography, Geographies of Global Change, and the Geography of Western Europe, and graduate classes in Political Geography. He serves on the Advisory Committee of the International Affairs undergraduate program. He is Editor-in Chief of Political Geography.

Selected Publications

Publications updated February 2011

Recent Courses Include

Spring 2017  GEOG 1962 (3) Geographies of Global Change

Fall 2016  GEOG 1982 (3) World Regional Geography

Spring 2016  GEOG 4712/5712 (3) Political Geography

Graduate Students

Meredith
DeBoom
Ph.D.
political geography, natural resources
Faran
Naderi
M.A.
Cultural Identity and Ethnosymbolism
Meagan
Todd
Ph.D.
Political & cultural geography in post-Soviet space
Sarah
Tynen
Ph.D.
Economic development and cultural practice
         
Jennifer
Bartmess
M.A. Alumni
2012
Securitization in Yemen, 2000-2010: Shifting Geographies of Political Contention
Meredith
DeBoom
M.A. Alumni
2013
Namibian Resources for Namibians? Politics and Geopolitics of Foreign Investment in Namibia's Extractive Industries
Edward
Holland
Ph.D. Alumni
2012
Buddhism in Post-Soviet Russia: The Geographic Contexts of 'Revival'
Natalie
Koch
Ph.D. Alumni
2012
The City and the Steppe: Territory, Technologies of Government, and Kazakhstan's New Capital
Natalie
Koch
M.A. Alumni
2009
Nation-Building, Geopolitics, and the Andijon Uprising: Securitizing Discourses in Uzbekistan
Adam
Levy
Ph.D. Alumni
2012
Territory and Sovereignty in a Borderland: The Case of Moldova
Andrew
Linke
Ph.D. Alumni
2013
Post-Election Violence in Kenya: Place-Based Explanations of Conflict
Sarah
Tynen
M.A. Alumni
2014
Uneven Housing Development and the Spatial Negotiation of Class in Nanjing, China
Frank
Witmer
Ph.D. Alumni
2007
The Effects of War on Land-Use/Land-Cover Change: An Analysis of Landsat Imagery for Northeast Bosnia

What's New

News

Apr 2017
Geography Department featured in Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine

Apr 2016
Here are the 5 things you need to know about the deadly fighting in Nagorno Karabakh

Feb 2016
20 years after Dayton, here’s what Bosnians think about being divided by ethnicity

Oct 2015
John O’Loughlin wins gold medal from Russian Geographical Society

May 2015
What people in southeast Ukraine really think of Novorossiya

Mar 2015
John O’Loughlin interviewed on CBC Radio

Mar 2015
The Crimean conundrum

Feb 2015
Russian and Ukrainian TV viewers live on different planets

Feb 2015
John O’Loughlin received the ISA Myron Weiner award

Feb 2015
John O’Loughlin Interviewed for Russian-language TV

Jan 2015
How popular are Putin and Obama in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine?

Nov 2014
Study ties conflict risk in sub-Saharan Africa to climate change, socioeconomics, geography

Sep 2014
John O’Loughlin interviewed about latest events in eastern Ukraine

May 2014
O’Loughlin awarded grant for research on attitudes & beliefs in Russian-supported ‘de facto’ states

Mar 2014
John O’Loughlin co-authors Washington Post article

Feb 2014
Research by John O’Loughlin on the North Caucasus featured in New York Times article

Sep 2013
John O’Loughlin Awarded NSF Grant for Research on Environmental Conditions and Societal Conflict

Aug 2013
Climate change could spark more wars but evidence is mixed

Apr 2013
John O’Loughlin is Recipient of AAG 2013 Distinguished Scholarship Honors

Mar 2013
Are rising temperatures a national security risk in Africa?

Oct 2012
Climate variability and conflict risk in East Africa measured by Boulder team

Apr 2010
Professor John O’Loughlin has spent years studying the aftermath of two war-torn regions

More Info

Summer 2013 - Historically, sixty-fifth birthdays have been for retirement parties and relaxation. But as older generations live active lifestyles for a longer portion of their lives, what was once an occasion to sit back is now a celebration of vitality. Johno celebrated his youth by hopping on his bike and riding 3,356.7 miles across the United States in just 42 days. Because of his professorial duties, he was on a tight schedule and had to ride as many as 120 miles in a day, while heading from Oregon to New Jersey. His chat with National Geography radio happened just hours after he finished the demanding ride.

I am editor-in-chief of Political Geography and editor of Eurasian Geography and Economics. I serve on the Advisory Committee of the International Affairs undergraduate program. I also serve on the National Geographic Society's Committee on Research and Exploration.