Max Woodworth

Max Woodworth

Max Woodworth

Associate Professor

(614) 247-6899

1148 Derby Hall

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

Current CV:  

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

Current Research:
China’s suburban new-town developments, the Belt and Road Initiative, “ghost cities”, infrastructure and ruins

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:

In press  Max D. Woodworth. “Picturing Urban China in Ruin: ‘ghost city’ photography and speculative urbanization.” GeoHumanities.

In Press  Max D. Woodworth. “Urbanization as mass speculative event: informal finance and city-making in Ordos, Inner Mongolia,” in C. Chu and S. He (Eds.), The Speculative City. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2020  Max D. Woodworth and Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi. “Introduction to the Special Issue: China’s Borderlands in a Time of BRI-Induced Change.” Eurasian Geography and Economics.

2019  Max D. Woodworth, “Finding a place for boomtowns in energy geographies.” Area (51)2: 307-314.

2019  Max D. Woodworth. “Spaces of the Gigantic: Extraction and Urbanization in China’s Energy Frontier” in J. Cons and M. Eilenberg, eds., Frontier Assemblages: The Emergent Politics of Resource Frontiers in Asia (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, Antipode Book Series): 155-170.

2018  Max D. Woodworth, “Landscape and the cultural politics of China’s anticipatory urbanism,” Landscape Research 43(7): 891-905.

2018  Shiuh-Shen Chien and Max D. Woodworth, “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 42(4): 723-737.

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

2017  Max D. Woodworth, “Disposable Ordos: The Making of an Energy Resource Frontier in Ordos, Inner Mongolia,” Geoforum 78: 133-140.

2017  Max D. Woodworth, “Bedrock of modernity: coal and its uses past and present” in Solomon, B.D. and K.E. Calvert, eds., Handbook on the Geographies of Energy (Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing Company): 23-37.