Professor of Geography and International Studies,
Adjunct Professor of Global Health

Director of Integrated Social Sciences

Box 353550, University of Washington
Seattle, WA   98195
Tel. 206 543 5194
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Since 2000 most of my research has been focused on globalization and global health. I teach both large and small courses on the topics at the University of Washington (e.g. JSIS/GEOG 323 & GEOG/SIS 123), and, based on my global studies 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.

In 2013 I published 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 historical and geographical 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.

Funded by the National Science Foundation (including a NSF CAREER grant) Mellon, DAAK, NUS, UW, Ford, the Simpson Center, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and other agencies, 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 with links to pre-publication versions.

Matthew Sparke, 2017, “Austerity and the Embodiment of Neoliberalism as Ill-health: Towards a Theory of Biological Sub-Citizenship,” Social Science and Medicine, LINK

Matthew Sparke, 2017, “Globalization,” an entry for The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, edited by Douglas Richardson et al, forthcoming from Wiley. LINK

Matthew Sparke, 2017, “Fabrics of Uneven Development: Global Displacements and the Seams of Global Studies, ” essay introducing a review symposium on the book by Marion Werner Global Displacements: The Making of Uneven Development in the Caribbean in the AAG Review of Books, 5 (1) 2017: 74-85, LINK

Matthew Sparke, Forthcoming, “Textbooks as Opportunities for Interdisciplinarity and Planetarity, ” Area.

Matthew Sparke, with Daniel Bessner, Forthcoming, “Nazism, Neoliberalism and the Trumpist Challenge to Democracy,” Environment and Planning A.

Matthew Sparke, with Katharyne Mitchell, Under Review, “Contending Constructions of Safe Space for Migrants to Europe: Hotspot Geopolitics vs. Geosocial Solidarity,”

Matthew Sparke, 2016 “Situated Cyborg Knowledge In Not So Borderless Online Global Education: Mapping the Geosocial Landscape of a MOOC, ” Geopolitics, 22 (1): 51 - 72 LINK

Matthew Sparke, 2016, with Jamie Peck, “Symposium on Brett Christophers The Great Leveler: Capitalism and Competition in the Court of Law,” Environment and Planning A, 48(12) 2525-2528 LINK

Matthew Sparke, 2016, “Health and the Embodiment of Neoliberalism: Pathologies of political economy from climate change and austerity to personal responsibility,” in Simon Springer Kean Birch, Julie MacLeavy, eds. The Handbook of Neoliberalism, New York: Routledge, chapter 20.

Matthew Sparke, 2016, co-authored with Katharyne Mitchell,“ The New Washington Consensus: Millennial Philanthropy and the Making of Global Market Subjects, ” Antipode 48 (3): 724 –749, LINK

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,” 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