Research and Publications

Research Interests and Research Projects

    My research interests fall into several broad categories, including migration, education, and urban-political geography. I am interested in the philosophies and practices related to immigrant integration, and also in questions of hegemony, particularly the role of schools and other institutions in the formation of contemporary citizens. My prior work focused on transnational migration and urbanization, and these topics continue to interest me.
    Current projects include a joint research venture with Sarah Elwood on the ways that learning interactive geovisualization technologies in middle schools might foster more critical thinking and civic engagement among teenagers, and a book project on philanthropy, education, and global health with Matt Sparke.


    Mitchell, K. (2008). Practicing Public Scholarship: Experiences and Possibilities Beyond the Academy, (editor), Oxford: Blackwell Publications.
    Mitchell, K. (2004). Crossing the NeoLiberal Line: Pacific Rim Migration and the Metropolis, Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
    Mitchell, K., Marston, S., and Katz, C. (2004). Life’s Work: Geographies of Social Reproduction (editors), Oxford: Blackwell Publications.
    Agnew, J., Mitchell, K., and Toal, G. (2003). A Companion Guide to Political Geography, (editors), Oxford: Blackwell Publications.
    M. Castells, L. Bornstein, K. Mitchell, R. Skinner and J. Stowsky, (1988). The State and Technology Policy: A Comparative Analysis of the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative, Informatics Policy in Brazil, and Electronics Policy in China. Berkeley Round Table on the International Economy (BRIE), June.

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Recent Articles

    Mitchell, K. and Elwood, S. (2013). Intergenerational Mapping and the Cultural Politics of Memory. Space and Polity 17, 2. Accepted and forthcoming.
    Mitchell, K. and Elwood, S. (2012). Mapping Children’s Politics: The Promise of Articulation and the Limits of Nonrepresentational Theory. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 30, 5, online and in press.
    Mitchell, K. and Elwood, S. (2012). Engaging Students through Mapping Local History. Journal of Geography. 111, 4, 148-157.
    Mitchell, K. and Elwood, S. (2012). From Redlining to Benevolent Societies: The Political Power of Spatial Thinking. Theory and Research in Social Education 40, 134-163.
    Elwood, S. and Mitchell, K. (2012). Children’s Politics: Mapping a New Public Sphere. Geografiska Annaler, Series B 94, 1, 1-15.
    Mitchell, K. (2011). Bodies that Matter: A Response to Stuart Elden’s Terror and Territory. Dialogues in Human Geography 1, 2, 247-259.

Recent Book Chapters

    Mitchell, K. (2013). Difference. Sage Handbook of Human Geography. Accepted and forthcoming.
    Mitchell, K., with geography honors students (2011). Cultural geographies, in M. Brown and R. Morrill (eds.), Seattle: Geographies of Here and Beyond, University of Washington Press, forthcoming.
    Mitchell, K. (2008). Becoming political, in K. Mitchell (ed.), Practicing Public Scholarship: Experiences and Possibilities Beyond the Academy. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 1-8.
    Mitchell, K. (2008). Preface, in C. Jeffrey and J. Dyson (eds.), Telling Youth Stories. Philadelphia, Temple University Press, pp. 1-3.
    Mitchell, K. (2008). Citizenship, Communism, Local-Global, Localization, Pacific Rim, Transnationalism, in R. Johnson et al (eds.), The Dictionary of Human Geography. Oxford: Blackwell.
    Marston, S., and Mitchell, K., (2005). Citizens and the state: Contextualizing citizenship formation in space and time, in M. Low and C. Barnett (eds.), Spaces of Democracy. Sage Publications, pp. 124-144.
    Mitchell, K., (2005). Hybridity, in D. Atkinson, P. Jackson and D. Sibley (eds.), Cultural Geography: A Critical Dictionary. London: I.B. Tauris, pp. 188-194.
    Mitchell, K. (2004). Transnationalism in the margins: Hegemony and the shadow state, in P. Jackson (ed.), Transnational Spaces. New York: Routledge, pp. 122-146.
    Mitchell, K., Marston, S., and Katz, C. (2004). Introduction: Life’s work, in Mitchell, K., Marston, S., and Katz, C., Life’s Work: Geographies of Social Reproduction, London: Blackwell, pp. 1-26.
    Mitchell, K. (2004). The tradition of the end: Global capitalism and the contemporary spaces of apocalpyse, in N. AlSayyad (ed.), The End of Tradition? New York: Routledge, pp. 45-62.
    Mitchell, K. (2003). Conflicting landscapes of dwelling and democracy in Canada, in S. Cairns (ed.), Building, Dwelling, Drifting: Architecture and Migrancy. New York: Routledge, pp. 142-163.
    Agnew, J., Mitchell, K., and Toal, G. (2003). Introduction, in J. Agnew, K. Mitchell and G. Toal (eds.), A Companion to Political Geography, London: Blackwell, pp. 1-10.