University of Colorado at Boulder

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Graduate Student Alumni

Ian Rowen

China, Taiwan, cultural politics, geopolitics, social media, tourism

Ph.D. Geography 2016

Human Geography
Timothy Oakes (Faculty Advisor)

News

Jan 2016
“Tibetan Environmentalists in China: The King of Dzi”

May 2015
Gilbert White Fellowships Awarded to Kathryn Wright and Ian Rowen

Mar 2015
Ian Rowen publishes article in the BBC Chinese

Mar 2015
Ian Rowen interviewed about Asian social movements in New Bloom

Mar 2015
Ian Rowen publishes article in Anthropology News

Mar 2015
Ian Rowen quoted by the BBC about the backlash against Chinese tourists

Mar 2015
Ian Rowen publishes article in The Journal of Asian Studies

Feb 2015
Ian Rowen Awarded Summer Fellowship to the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan

Dec 2014
Ian Rowen Receives Taiwan Foundation for Democracy Dissertation Fellowship

Dec 2014
Ian Rowen writes article for Occupy.com

Nov 2014
Ian Rowen writes commentary for the Guardian

Nov 2014
Ian Rowen writes article for Thinking Taiwan

Oct 2014
Ian Rowen quoted in El Mundo

Oct 2014
Ian Rowen writes article for Thinking Taiwan

Apr 2014
Ian Rowen’s Paper Published in Annals of Tourism Research

Apr 2014
Ian Rowen quoted in The Guardian

Apr 2014
Ian Rowen wins 1st place in AAG Political Geography Specialty Group Competition

Apr 2014
Ian Rowen writes article about the student movement in Taiwan

Aug 2013
Ian Rowen quoted in NY Times article

Apr 2013
Ian Rowen Wins AAG Student Paper Competition

Apr 2013
Ian Rowen Receives Fulbright Fellowship

Mar 2013
Ian Rowen Receives AAG-NSF Travel Grant

Mar 2013
Ian Rowen Receives EAPSI Grant

Mar 2013
Beverly Sears Grants awarded to 4 Geography Students

Nov 2012
Ian Rowen Receives Critical Language Scholarship Alumni Development Grant

Apr 2012
Ian Rowen Receives a Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant

Mar 2012
Ian Rowen Receives EAPSI Grant

Jan 2012
Ian Rowen Receives CLS Alumni Development Grant

Oct 2011
CU Boulder Geography Wins Regional Geography Bowl

Apr 2011
Three Geography grads win Kolff Fellowships

Mar 2011
Ian Rowen wins NSF IGERT grant for research in China

Mar 2011
Ian Rowen wins Critical Language Scholarship in Indonesian

Aug 2010
Ian Rowen Receives Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship

 
 

Thesis

2016 - The Geopolitics of Tourism: mobilities, territory and protest in Taiwan and China.

Research Interests

My research has largely focused on the cultural and political geography of travel and tourism between the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan. Treating tourism as a political technology, I pay particular attention to the sociolinguistic performance of state territory and ethno-national membership. This project stems from 10 years of life/work experience in the region, and has been supported with several NSF grants and a Fulbright Fellowship. Before joining CU Boulder, I worked as a translator, journalist, musician, tour guide, hotelier and entrepreneur, and received a B.A. with honors in a double major of Mathematics and East Asian Studies (Chinese) from UC Santa Cruz in 2001.

Future research directions include Internet use and ideology in China and southeast Asia, and social media’s impact on self and state formation.

Selected Publications

Rowen, Ian. (2015). Inside Taiwan's Sunflower Movement: Twenty-Four Days in a Student-Occupied Parliament, and the Future of the Region. Journal of Asian Studies, Volume 74, Issue 01, 5-21. doi:10.1017/S0021911814002174

Rowen, I. (2014). Tourism as a territorial strategy: The case of China and Taiwan. Annals of Tourism Research, Volume 46, 62-74 . doi:10.1016/j.annals.2014.02.006

Publications updated July 2015

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