Matthew Farish

Associate Professor, Department of Geography & Program in Planning
Affiliated Faculty, CSUS




Sidney Smith Building, Room 5047, 100 St. George Street



Matthew Farish, Ph.D. (University of British Columbia), is an associate professor in the department of Geography and Program in Planning. His broader interests include North American urban culture (particularly from the 1940s-1980s); geopolitics and journalism; and ‘popular’ forms of geography. Professor Farish is associated with the Centre for the Study of the United States, where his areas of expertise include militarization and geopolitics, the Cold War, Arctic studies, and urban culture. Much of his work is concerned with relationships between militarization and geographical knowledge in the twentieth-century United States.  Professor Farish joined the Faculty in 2007. His research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

research interests

The American Cold War
American Military—Environment Relations, 1989-present
The cultural and historical geography of North American Cities
The militarization and modernization of the North American Arctic, 1940-65
Twentieth-century intellectual history, particularly the human sciences


Ph. D – University of British Columbia, 2003

B.A. Hons. – University of British Columbia, 1998

awards and distinctions

Chancellor Jackman Research Fellow in the Humanities, University of Toronto, 2014-15
McColl Family Fellowship, American Geographical Society, 2009

selected publications

The Contours of America’s Cold War (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010).

“The Lab and the Land: Overcoming the Arctic in Cold War Alaska,” Isis 104.1 (2013), 1-29.

“Militarization,” in K. Dodds et al eds., The Ashgate Research Companion to Critical Geopolitics (Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2013), 247-262.

“The Cold War on Canadian Soil: Militarizing a Northern Environment,” Environmental History 12.4 (2007), 921-950 (with P.W. Lackenbauer).

“Between Regions: Science, Militarism, and American Geography from World War to Cold War,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 96.4 (2006), 807-826 (with T. J. Barnes).


Historical Geography of North America
History and Philosophy of Geography
Society and its Institutions; Political Spaces – Blank Spots and Sacrifice Zones
Historical Geographies of Modernity
American Studies Independent Research
Culture, History and Landscape
Readings in Selected Topics
Issues of Geographical Thought and Practice
Independent Research
Political Spaces I

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