Max Woodworth

Associate Professor

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China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, urbanism, energy geographies.

Current Research:
China's suburban new-town developments, energy investments in western China.

Courses Taught:
GEOG 2100 - Introduction to Human Geography.
INTSTDS 2500 - Introduction to Development Studies.
GEOG 2750 - World Regional Geography.
GEOG 3701 - The Making of the Modern World.
GEOG 5503 - Urban China: Space, Place, and Urban Transformation.

Select Publications:

Max D. Woodworth, forthcoming. “Landscape and the cultural politics of China’s anticipatory urbanism,” Landscape Research.

Shiuh-Shen Chien and Max D. Woodworth, forthcoming. “China’s Urban Speed Machine: The Politics of Speed and Time in a Period of Rapid Urban Growth,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

Max D. Woodworth, in press. “Bedrock of modernity: coal and its uses past and present” in B.D. Solomon and K.E. Calvert, eds., Handbook on the Geographies of Energy (Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing Company).

Max D. Woodworth and Jeremy L. Wallace, 2017. “Seeing Ghosts: Parsing China’s ‘Ghost City’ Controversy,” Urban Geography 38(8): 1270-1281. DOI:10.1080/02723638.2017.1288009.

Max D. Woodworth, “Disposable Ordos: The Making of an Energy Resource Frontier in Ordos, Inner Mongolia,” Geoforum 78: 133-140.

Max D. Woodworth, 2016. “Booms, busts, and urban variation among ‘resource-based cities’ in China’s northwest,” Inner Asia 18(1): 97-120. doi: 0.63/0508-340055

Max D. Woodworth and Michael Ulfstjerne, 2016. “Taking Part: The Social Experience of Informal Finance in Ordos, Inner Mongolia,” The Journal of Asian Studies 75(3): 649-672. doi: 10.1017/S0021911816000504

Max D. Woodworth, 2015. “China’s Coal Production Goes West: Assessing Recent Geographical Restructuring and Industrial Transformation,” The Professional Geographer 67(4): 630-640. doi: 10.1080/00330124.2015.1054749

Max D. Woodworth, 2015. “From the Shadows of the Spectacular City: Zhang Dali’s Dialogue and globalizing Beijing, 1995-2005,” Geoforum 65: 413-420. doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2015.02.005

Max D. Woodworth, 2015. “City Profile: Ordos Municipality: A Market-Era Resource Boomtown,” Cities 43: 115-132. (First available online December 2014)

Max D. Woodworth, 2012. “Frontier Boomtown Urbanism in Ordos, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region,” Cross-Currents 1(1): 74-101. doi: 10.1353/ach.2012.0009

Areas of Expertise
  • Urban China
  • Taiwan
  • East Asia
  • Urbanism
  • Neoliberalism
  • Boomtowns
  • Ph.D., 2013 Geography, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A., 2007 Asian Studies, University of California , Berkeley
  • B.S., 1998 Languages and Linguistics, Georgetown University

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