MATTHEW SPARKE, Ph.D.
Professor of Geography and International Studies,
Adjunct Professor of Global Health

Director of Integrated Social Sciences

Box 353550, University of Washington
Seattle, WA   98195
USA
Tel. 206 543 5194


sparke@u.washington.edu
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Curriculum vitae  |  Teaching  |  Internet Resources


Since 2000 most of my research has been focused on globalization. I teach both large and small courses on the topic at the University of Washington (e.g. JSIS/GEOG 323 & GEOG/SIS 123), and, based on this teaching experience, I have now become involved in online global education: both developing a MOOC on globalization, and serving as the director of the new online BA in Integrated Social Sciences at UW.

I have also recently published a textbook Introducing Globalization. With chapters on global trade, finance, labor, law, governance, space, and health, this book explores the ties and tensions of global interdependency in ways that simultaneously underline patterns of uneven development. By taking this evidence-based approach to the unevenness of global integration, the book also reveals how more mythic representations of 'Globalization' as new, inevitable and flat serve to naturalize the pro-market policies of neoliberalization. Excerpts, companion pages for instructors, and study guides and other free resources for students are available from Wiley-Blackwell.

Based on research funded by a National Science Foundation CAREER grant, I have also authored another book and over 75 other publications on related themes: including the ways in which market-led dynamics are remaking nation-states, border regions, and the meaning and practices of citizenship. Some of these publications are listed below, including my most recent writing on globalization and global health.

Matthew Sparke, 2014, “Health,” in The SAGE Handbook of Progress in Human Geography edited by Roger Lee, Noel Castree, Rob Kitchin, Vicky Lawson, Anssi Paasi, Sarah Radcliffe and Charles Withers, Thousand Oaks: Sage. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2013, "The world is not flat," interview for CN Politics LINK

Matthew Sparke, 2013, "From Global Dispossession to Local Repossession:
Towards a Worldly Cultural Geography of Occupy Activism," accepted and forthcoming in Nuala Johnson, Richard Schein, and Jamie Winders, eds. The New Companion to Cultural Geography, Oxford and New York: Wiley-Blackwell, pages 387 - 408 PDF

Matthew Sparke, with Dimitar Anguelov, 2012, "H1N1, Globalization and the Epidemiology of Inequality," Health and Place, 18, 726–73 PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2012, “Debtscapes, double-agents and development: Reflections on Poverty Capital,” editor’s essay introducing a review symposium in Antipode, 44 (2): 517 – 522. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2012, “Ethnography, Affect, Geography, and Unemployment,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 102 (2): 510 – 515. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2012, "Globalization Discourse, Geoeconomics, Neoliberalization and Philanthrocapitalism," an interview for Exploring Geopolitics. LINK

Matthew Sparke, with Tim Bunnell, James Sidaway and Carl Grundy-Warr, 2012, “Geographies of power in the Indonesia-Malaysia-Singapore growth triangle,” in Derudder, B., Hoyler, M., Taylor, P. J. and Witlox, F. (eds) International Handbook of Globalization and World Cities. Edward Elgar, pages 465 – 475. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2011, “The Look of Surveillance Returns,” in Martin Dodge, ed. Classics in Cartography, New York: Wiley. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2011, "Seattle's Cascadia Connections," AAG Newsletter, 46, 3. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2011, "Global Geographies," in Michael Brown and Richard Morrill, eds. Seattle Geographies, Seattle: University of Washington Press. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2011, A review of G. Spivak, Other Asias, Oxford: Blackwell, 2008, for Cultural Geographies. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2010, How is globalization transforming the borders of national identity? In Solem, M., Klein, P., Muñiz-Solari, O., and Ray, W., eds., AAG Center for Global Geography Education. LINK

Matthew Sparke, 2010, "Global Seattle," AAG Newsletter LINK

Matthew Sparke, 2009, “Unpacking economism and remapping the terrain of global health,” in Adrian Kay and Owain Williams, editors, Global Health Governance: Transformations, Challenges and Opportunities Amidst Globalization, New York: Palgrave Macmillan: 131 – 159. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2009, “On denationalization as neoliberalization: Biopolitics, class interest and the incompleteness of citizenship,” Political Power and Social Theory, v. 20: 287 – 300. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2009, “Triangulating Globalization,” an essay review of S. Sassen, Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages, Princeton: Princeton University Press, Journal of Historical Geography, 35: 376–381. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2008, "Mapping Global Mountains Beyond Local Mountains: Globalization and Paul Farmer’s Reframing of Care," originally prepared as teaching notes for when Tracy Kidder's, Mountains Beyond Mountains was set as a Common Book for the University of Washington. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2008, Mismapping 2020, Vreng, July, 2008: 18 - 24. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2008, “Political Geographies of Globalization (3): Resistance,” Progress in Human Geography, 32 (1): 1 – 18. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2007, “Everywhere but always somewhere: Critical geographies of the Global South,” The Global South, 1(1): 117 – 126. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2007, "Geopolitical Fear, Geoeconomic Hope and the Responsibilities of Geography," Annals of the Association of American Geographers 97 (2): 338 – 349. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2007, “Acknowledging Responsibility For Space,” an essay review of For Space by Doreen Massey, London: Sage, 2005, Progress in Human Geography 31 (3): 7 -15. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2006 “Political Geographies of Globalization: (2) Governance,” Progress in Human Geography, 30, 2 1–16. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2006 “A neoliberal nexus: Economy, security and the biopolitics of citizenship on the border,” Political Geography, 25, 2, 151 - 180. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2005, "Empire's Geography: War, Globalization and American Imperialism," from Matthew Sparke, In the Space of Theory: Postfoundational Geographies of the Nation-State, chapter 5: 239 - 312. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2005, with Kris Olds and James Sidaway, “White Death,” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 23, 475 – 479. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2004 “Political Geographies of Globalization: (1) Dominance,” Progress in Human Geography, 28, 6 777–794. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2003, with Sue Roberts and Anna Secord, "Neoliberal Geopolitics" Antipode, 35, 5: pages 886 – 897. PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2002, “Not a State, but a State of Mind: Cascading Cascadias and the Geo-Economics of Cross-Border Regionalism,” in Markus Perkmann and Ngai-Ling Sum, eds, Globalisation, Regionalisation and Cross-border Regions, New York: Palgrave Publishers, pages 212 - 240.PDF

Matthew Sparke, 2000, “Chunnel Visions: Unpacking the Anticipatory Geographies of an Anglo-European borderland,” Journal of Borderland Studies, XV,1, pages 2 – 34. PDF

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