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Caroline R. Nagel

Associate Professor
Department of Geography
University of South Carolina

Phone Number: (803) 777-4970
Office: Callcott, Room 106
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Caroline R. Nagel


Caroline is an Associate Professor in the Geography Department at the University of South Carolina.  She received her B.A. in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of California Berkeley, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Prior to her arrival at USC, Caroline was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Kentucky and a lecturer in Geography at Loughborough University (United Kingdom).  Caroline is Chair of the Urban Geography Specialty Group of the American Association Geographers, and she serves on the editorial boards of Arab World Geographer and Political Geography.  She also has a campus-wide role as director of the Islamic World Studies Program.  Caroline will be on sabbatical during the 2016-2017 academic year.


Caroline is a broadly trained human geographer whose interests lie at the intersection of urban, cultural, and political geography.  As a migration specialist, Caroline has long been interested in the politics of identity, integration, and citizenship in immigrant-receiving contexts.  Her work on British Arab and Arab American activists (with Lynn Staeheli) and on Christian outreach to immigrants in the U.S. South (with Patricia Ehrkamp) has explored themes of transnationalism, ethnic formation, multicultural discourse, immigrant activism, and religious identity.  Underlying all of her work on migration is a concern with the everyday, place-based production and negotiation of social membership and belonging.  Her years of teaching and research on immigration are reflected in her 2016 book, co-authored with Liz Mavroudi, entitled Global Migration: Patterns, Processes, and Politics (Routledge). Caroline also has an interest in Lebanon that stems from her work on Arab immigrants.  Having visited Lebanon shortly after the country’s civil war, Caroline returned as a Fulbright scholar in 2010-11 and was based at the American University of Beirut.  Her work on Lebanon has focused on the redevelopment of Beirut and the role of NGOs in producing new citizenship discourses in a fragmented political landscape.  She is affiliated with the YouCitizen research project at Durham University (United Kingdom), which explores youth citizenship in post-conflict societies, including Lebanon. 


GEOG 121: Globalization and World Regions

GEOG 225: Geography of Europe

GEOG 344: Geographies of U.S. Cities

GEOG 512: Migration and Globalization

GEOG 735: Graduate Seminar in Political Geography 

Representative Publications 

Nagel, C. and Ehrkamp, P. (2016). Deserving welcome? Immigrants, Christian faith communities, and the contentious politics of belonging in the U.S. South, Antipode DOI: 10.111/anti.12233.

Nagel, C. and Staeheli, L. (2016). Nature, environmentalism, and the politics of citizenship in post-civil war Lebanon, Cultural Geographies 23(2): 247-263. 

Nagel, C., and Staeheli, L. (2015). International donors, NGOs, and the geopolitics of youth citizenship in contemporary Lebanon, Geopolitics 20(2): 223-247.

Ehrkamp, P. and Nagel. C. (2014). Under the radar: Undocumented immigrants, Christian faith communities, and the precarious spaces of welcome in the U.S. South, Annals of the Association of American Geographers 104: 319-328. 

Nagel, C. (2013). Reconfiguring belonging in the suburban South: Diversity, 'merit' and the persistence of white privilege,International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 37: 618-640.

Ehrkamp, P., and Nagel, C. (2012). Immigration, places of worship and the politics of citizenship in the U.S. South, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 37: 624-638

Nagel, C., and Staeheli, L. (2011). Muslim political activism or political activism by Muslims? Secular and religious identities amongst Muslim Arab activists in the United States and United Kingdom, Identities 18: 437–458.

Nagel, C., and Staeheli, L. (2010). ICT and geographies of British Arab and Arab American activism, Global Networks 10: 262-281.

Nagel, C. (2009). Rethinking geographies of assimilartion (commentary). The Professional Geographer 61: 400-407