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Mathew Coleman

Mat Coleman

Mathew Coleman

Professor, Department Chair


(614) 292-9686

1062 Derby Hall
154 North Oval Mall
Columbus OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Geopolitics
  • Immigration
  • Geography of Law


  • Ph.D., 2005 Geography, University of California at Los Angeles
  • M.A., 1999 Political Economy, Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • B.A. Hons., 1997 Political Science, Department of Political Science, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • B.A., 1996 Political Science, École d’Etudes Politiques, Université d’Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Interests: Geopolitics, Immigration, Geography of Law

Current Research: My current research focuses on immigration law and politics. More specifically my interests lie on issues related to the U.S.-Mexico border, interior immigration enforcement, critical geopolitics, political geography, states and statecraft, geographies of power and resistance.

Courses Taught:
Geography 3600- Political Geography: "Space, Power, and Political Geography"
Geography 3601- Geopolitics: "World Politics and the Modern Geopolitical Imagination"
Geography 4100-Geographic Inquiry: "History of Geographical Thought"
Geography 7101-Research Design
Geography 8601/8602-(Seminars) Theory of Political Geography: "Biopolitics, Genealogy, and Archaeology", "Law and Geography" or "Empire and Imperialism"

Select Publications:
Coleman, M. 2012, forthcoming. Immigrant il-legality: Geopolitical and legal borders in the US, 1882-present (Special Issue: Migration, Mobility, and Geopolitics).Geopolitics. Vol. 17, no. 1.

Coleman, M. 2011, forthcoming. The local migration state: the site-specific devolution of immigration enforcement in the U.S. South. Law & Policy. Vol. 33, no. 4.

Coleman, M. 2011, forthcoming. Detention, deportation, devolution and immigrant incapacitation in the US, post-9/11 (Special issue: 9/11 + 10). The Geographical Journal of the Royal Geographical Society. Vol. 177, no. 3.

Coleman, M. 2009. What counts as geopolitics, and where? Devolution and immigrant insecurity after 9/11.Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Vol. 5, no. 99: 904-913.

Coleman, M. and K. Grove, 2009. Biopower, biopolitics and the return of sovereignty.Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Vol. 27, no. 4: 489-507.