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Louie Kiskowski

I am a human geographer who focuses on discourses of race and ethnicity, borderlands, urban culture, and transient populations. I am also very interested in the development of geographic thought and geographic education.

My current research focuses on the development of Arab-American community organizations in the Detroit Metropolitan area. I previously researched the development and expansion of the EU by contrasting the experiences of the Roma people against the rhetoric put forward by the governing councils.

In addition to my PhD research, I have taught courses in the geography department for the past four years. I have taught sections of World Geography, Intro to Geography, Physical Geography lab, and Geography of the Middle East. Some of these courses had enrollments of almost 100 students, while my section of Middle East had 4, giving me a chance to explore various styles of teaching to best engage the students in my classes.


Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Academic Publications

·         Kiskowski, William L. 2014. (Under review) Roma in Film: Geographies of Fictional Depictions. Romani Studies.

·         Kiskowski, William L. 2014. (Accepted) Photo Essay: Mother of the Savior Lutheran Church Dearborn, Michigan. AGS Focus on Geography.


Academic Presentations

·         2014 - Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference, Fort Worth, Texas. Paper: “The Construction of Arab American Identities in Dearborn, Michigan."

·         2014 - Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Tampa, Florida. Paper: “Arab American Neighborhoods in Metropolitan Detroit.”

·         2013 – Joint Meeting of the Applied Geography Conference and AAG Middle Atlantic Division Regional Meeting, Annapolis, Maryland. Paper: “Cultural Geographies of Dearborn, MI.”

·         2013 - Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Los Angeles, California. Poster: “Placeless: Depictions of the Romani People in Popular Media”

Louie Kiskowski
Department of Geography

Office 306A McGilvrey Hall