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 Planning. 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 2006. His research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

research interests

The Cold War in North America
US military-environment Relations, 1898-present
The cultural 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

selected publications

The Contours of America’s Cold War (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010).
Below the Bombs,” in Through Post-Atomic Eyes (McGill-Queens University Press, 2020).
“Making ‘Man in the Arctic’: Academic and Military Entanglements, 1944-49,” in Cold Science: Environmental Knowledge in the North American Arctic during the Cold War (Routledge, 2019).

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