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Shiloh R Krupar


Assistant Professor


Faculty - SFS
General profile


Alt. phone

USE 202.687.5876


477 ICC

Office hours

Spring 2013 M/W 3:30-4:30, and by appointment


Shiloh Krupar is a cultural geographer and an Assistant Professor of Culture and Politics in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Her teaching and research interests, which span geography, architecture, performance studies, the medical humanities, and environmental justice, have explored several interrelated areas: military landscapes, such as decommissioned military sites and nuclear facilities; model cities and urban-environmental projects in China; cities in aftermath and the impacts of environmental, juridical, and financial disasters on the urban environment; and, lastly, biomedicine, specifically environmental biomonitoring, hot spotting, and medical geographies of waste.

The recipient of a Quadrant Fellowship, her book Hot Spotter’s Report: Military Fables of Toxic Waste (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) explores the politics of nature conservation, environmental memory, contamination and compensation issues at decommissioned military sites in the western United States. She is currently working on one solo book project and two co-authored volumes: What Remains—The Unseen Medical Geographies of Waste; Museum of Waste: Architectures of Disaster in Ecology, Capital, Sovereignty (with C. Greig Crysler, University of California-Berkeley); and The Enterprise of Life (with Nadine Ehlers, University of Wollongong).

Krupar has been published in such venues as Society and Space, Public Culture, Radical History Review, Liminalities, cultural geographies, and Progress in Human Geography. The 2012 SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory includes her co-authored chapter (with Stefan Al, University of Hong Kong) on theories of spectacle and branding. A collaborative art project “The National Toxic Land/Labor Conservation Service” (with Sarah Kanouse, Univerity of Iowa) was included in the 2011 exhibition “Ecocultures” and in the Institute for Wishful Thinking, Momenta Arts, NYC.

Krupar travels extensively to give lectures and performances, at the Royal Geographical Society in London, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study’s workshop “Space, Power, Nation,” the Montreal-based Artivistic Conference “Un.Occupied Spaces,” and the annual meetings of the Association of American Geographers, American Studies Association, and the Society for Cultural Anthropology.

As a member of the CULP core faculty, Professor Krupar teaches the courses “Theorizing Culture and Politics,” “Green Politics,” “Detouring the Global City,” “Introduction to Critical Geography,” and a variety of other offerings on cultures of exhibition, and landscape as an aesthetic object, political-economic artifact and social practice. She is currently developing a collaborative course with the esteemed Phillips Collection entitled “Globalization, Diplomacy, and the Politics of Exhibitions.”


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  • Ph.D. (2007) University of California-Berkeley, Geography
  • MA (2001) Stanford University, East Asian Studies
  • BA (1999) Case Western Reserve University, History