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Max Woodworth

Max Woodworth

Max Woodworth

Associate Professor, Director of the Institute for Chinese Studies, Research Associate Mershon Center for International Security Studies


(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 graduate students interested in topics ranging across urban geography, energy geography, cultural geography, and geo-humanities.


Current CV:  



Urbanization, Political economy, Energy geography, Resource geography

Current Research:
Urbanism and urbanization in East Asia
Taiwan urban historical geography and “military dependents villages” 
New towns and boomtowns

Courses Taught:
GEOG 5503 - Urban China: Space, Place, and Urban Transformation
GEOG 2100 - Introduction to Human Geography
GEOG 2750 - World Regional Geography
GEOG 3701 - The Making of the Modern World
INTSTDS/FILM STUDIES 3905 – The Developing World on Screen
INTSTDS 2500 - Introduction to Development Studies

Select Publications:

Max D. Woodworth. 2024. “Macro concerns in the study of the micropolitics of urban change.” Dialogues in Human Geography. https://doi.org/10.1177/20438206241228

Max D. Woodworth. 2023. “‘Freedom Cities’: Trump and an American global new city.” Urban Geography. Publishing online Oct. 2, 2023. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02723638.2023.2263121

Max D. Woodworth. 2023. “Thinking ‘with’ China: Material and conceptual challenges.” Dialogues in Human Geography. Published online April 27, 2023. https://doi.org/10.1177/2043820623117214

Max D. Woodworth and Shiuh-Shen Chien. 2022. “New Cities in China: Tracking Urban Projects on the City Fringe.” Geography Compass, published online https://doi-org.proxy.lib.ohio-state.edu/10.1111/gec3.12612

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.