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Jennifer Mapes

Assistant Professor
Jennifer Mapes arrived in Kent in Fall 2012, having previously taught at Plattsburgh State in New York State and University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Jen’s dissertation examined the effects of global contemporary change in small towns, connecting theoretical understandings of place and space to on-the-ground outcomes. She spent nine months in seven towns in the American West, interviewing local residents and key decision-makers to learn how their towns experience and react to socio-economic and environmental change.

Her primary research and teaching interest is connecting global and national change to local outcomes, with a focus on urban sustainability in small cities. Living in downtown Kent, Jen hopes to continue her work on small towns by studying the recent downtown redevelopment.

As a community geographer and internship coordinator, Jen is working to connect our students to local projects. Last semester, she taught a new course, “Online Mapping for Community Outreach” in which students created interactive maps for local non-profits.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Selected Publications

Kaplan, D. and J. Mapes. “Panoptic Geographies: An examination of all U.S. geographic dissertations.” Geographical Review. January 2015.

“Landscapes of nostalgia: Place marketing and the cultural economy in the American small town.” In Cultural Political Economy of Small Cities, A. Lorentzen and B. van Heur, eds. Routledge (Regions and Cities). August 2011.

Mapes, J. and J. Wolch, “‘Living green’: The promise and pitfalls of new sustainable communities,” Journal of Urban Design, 16(1): 105-126. February 2011.

Wolch, J., J. Newell, M. Seymour, H. Bradbury, K. Reynolds, J. Mapes. “The forgotten and the future: Reclaiming back alleys for a sustainable city.” Environment and Planning A, 42(12) 2874 – 2896. December 2010.
Research Areas
  • Urban Geography
  • Community Planning
  • Economic Geography
  • Sustainable Development
Jennifer Mapes
Department of Geography

Monday & Wednesday 9-noon
Office: 439 McGilvrey Hall

Phone: 330-672-2045
Spring 2015
  • GEOG 17064 - 003 Geog Us And Canada
  • GEOG 22061 - 001 Human Geography
  • HONR 40096 - 043 Individual Honors Work
  • GEOG 44010 - 001 Geography Of Global Economy
  • GEOG 54010 - 001 Geography Of Global Economy
  • GEOG 74010 - 001 Geography Of Global Economy
Summer 2015
  • GEOG 17064 - 001 Geog Us And Canada
  • GEOG 22061 - 001 Human Geography
  • GEOG 46092 - 003 Internship Geography And Plan
  • GEOG 60299 - 032 Thesis Ii
Fall 2015
  • GEOG 17064 - 003 Geog Us And Canada
  • GEOG 22061 - 001 Human Geography
  • GEOG 46092 - 001 Internship Geography And Plan