Max Woodworth

Max Woodworth

Max Woodworth

Associate Professor

(614) 247-6899

1148 Derby Hall
154 North Oval Mall
Columbus OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Urban China
  • Taiwan
  • Urbanism
  • City Planning
  • Energy Resource Geography


  • 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

I am currently recruiting a graduate student under an NSF-funded project titled “Coordinating Global Coal Transitions Research.”


Current CV:  



Urbanization, Political economy, Energy geography, Resource geography

Current Research:
Global coal transitions, urbanization in East Asia

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 and Shiuh-Shen Chien. 2022. “New Cities in China: Tracking Urban Projects on the City Fringe.” Geography Compass, published online

Max D. Woodworth. 2021. “Ruins, ruination, and fieldwork photography.” China Perspectives (4): 9-19.

Max D. Woodworth, Yu Zhou, Xuefei Ren, Yining Tan, Jesse Rodenbiker, Ettore Santi. In press. “Researching China during the Covid-19 Pandemic,” in Stanley Brunn and Donna Gilbreath (Eds.), Covid-19 and a World of Ad Hoc Geographies. Springer.

Max D. Woodworth. 2020. “Picturing Urban China in Ruin: ‘ghost city’ photography and speculative urbanization.” GeoHumanities 6(2): 233-251.

Max D. Woodworth and Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi. 2020. “Introduction to the Special Issue: Exploring China’s Borderlands in a Time of BRI-Induced Change,” Eurasian Geography and Economics 61(1): 1-12.

Max D. Woodworth. 2019. “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.

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

Max D. Woodworth. 2019. “Boomtown in Ruins: Ordos and Ruination,” International Institute for Asian Studies, The Newsletter, No. 82: 40.

Max D. Woodworth. 2019. “The Construction State 2.0: New Towns and the Local State in China,” Regions eZine, No. 3.

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

Shiuh-Shen Chien and Max D. Woodworth. 2018. “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.