Ph.D. Students

NOTE: Professor Pickles is no longer accepting new graduate student to advise.

Doctoral Dissertations supervised

Mohameden Ould-Mey, Associate Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, Geology and Anthropology, Indiana State University.
Dissertation: Global Restructuring and Peripheral States: The Stick and the Carrot in Mauritania, University of Kentucky 1995

Petr Pavlinek, Professor of Geography, Charles University, Prague and University of Nebraska at Omaha..
Dissertation: Transition and the Environment in the Czech Republic: Democratization, Economic Restructuring and the Environmental Management in the Most District After the Collapse of State Socialism, University of Kentucky 1995

Caedmon Staddon, Professor in Human Geography, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of the West of England.
Dissertation: Democratisation, Environmental Management and the Production of New Political Geographies in Bulgaria: A Case Study of the 1994-1995 Sofia Water Crisis, University of Kentucky 1996

Eugene McCann, Professor of Geography, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.
Dissertation: Planning Futures: The Restructuring of Space, Economy, and Institutions in Lexington, Kentucky, University of Kentucky 1998

Martin Bosman, Associate Professor of Geography, University of South Florida.
Dissertation: Space, Power and the Politics of Representation: The Case of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Inc and the State of Kentucky, University of Kentucky 1999

Emil J. Popke, Professor of Geography, East Carolina University.
Dissertation: Deconstructing Apartheid Space: Negotiating Alterity and History in Durban’s Cato Manor, University of Kentucky 1999

Keiron Bailey, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Arizona.
Dissertation: Living in the Eikaiwa Wonderland: English Language Learning, Socioeconomic Transformation, and Gender Alterities in Modern Japan, University of Kentucky 2002

Michael Dorn, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Disability Studies, Institute on Disabilities, Temple University.
Dissertation: Climate, alcohol and the American body politic: The medical and moral geographies of Daniel Drake (1785-1852), University of Kentucky 2002

Gary O’Dell, Associate Professor of Geography, Government, and History, Morehead State University.
Dissertation: Eco-efficiency and Lean Production: Environmental Performance of Japanese Transplants in the United States, University of Kentucky 2003

Jennifer Kopf, University of Jena.
Dissertation: Spatial Strategies of Resistance to Anti-Islamic Animus in German East African Transportation, Labor, Education, and Social Policies. University of Kentucky 2004.

Jon Lepofsky, Friends School, NC.
Dissertation: ‘In Each Other we Trust’: Reimagining Community, Economy, and the Region in Central North Carolina’s PLENTY Complementary Currency.  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2007.

Christian Sellar. Assistant Professor of Public Policy Leadership, University of Mississippi.
Dissertation: The Relationship between the Processes of Outsourcing of Italian Textile and Clothing Firms and the Emergence of Industrial Districts in Eastern Europe. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2007.

Tina Mangieri.Dean for Africa, South of the Sahara,  SIT Study Abroad, a program of World Learning.
Dissertation: Refashioning Transnational Spaces: Cloth, Clothing and Kenyan Cultural-Economies. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2007.

Sebastian Cobarrubias. Assistant Professor of International Studies, Department of Global, International, and Area Studies. UNC-Charlotte. Dissertation: Navigating a Changing Europe from Below Activist Cartographies by Social Movements in France and Spain. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill May 2009.

Dennis Arnold. Assistant Professor, Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development, University of Amsterdam.
Dissertation: Administration, Border Zones and Spatial Practices in the Mekong Subregion, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill December 2010.

Tu LAN. Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of New Hampshire.  ‘Migration and the Institutional Contexts: the Chinese Apparel Industry in Prato, Tuscany’. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013.

ZHU, Shengjun, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Peking University, China. ”Go Up’, ‘Go West’, and ‘Go Out’:  Changing Industrial Policy and Firm Strategies in China’s Apparel Industry’. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014.

Yousuf al-Bulushi, Assistant Professor of Peace Studies, Goucher College, Baltimore. ‘The Struggle for a Second Transition in South Africa: Uprising, Development, and Precarity in the Post-Apartheid City.’ University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014.

Elissa Sampson, Visiting Scholar, Jewish Studies Program, Cornell University. ‘Tenement Tales: The Fashioning of 97 Orchard Street’. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015 (co-advised with Nina Martin)..

Steven Larson, Assistant Professor of Geography, Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology, Spelman College, Atlanta. ‘The Fractured Values of “Best Interests”: Korean Adoptees, Minnesotans, and the Strategies, Struggles, and Spaces of Transnational Adoption’. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017.

Priscilla Vaz, Assistant Professor of Geography, Rutgers University. City of God(desses): revealing the unacknowledged role of black women slum-dwellers as urban planners. University of North Carolina

Amy Braun, Producing “Sustainability” through Ocean Resource Making, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (co-advised with Elizabeth Havice), 2020.


Sherah Faulkner.