nathaniel ray pickett phd student, geography, university of kansas
i am originally from southern california, though i have spent considerable time living in the kansas
city area, the minneapolis-st paul area, utah, and in various cities in ukraine. i received my
bachelor's degree in history from brigham young university in 2009, after which i spent a year
as a psychiatric technician at a state mental hospital. i received my m.a. degree in russian,
east european, and eurasian studies from the university of kansas in 2012, with a focus on ukraine.
immediately after my master's program i moved into the geography phd program at k.u., where i am
working on a dissertation involving the application of science and technology studies on a
political geography study of the political and social effects of the chornobyl nuclear disaster on
ukraine. starting in september 2015 i will be ukraine on a research fulbright to gather data and
start writing my dissertation. i'll be keeping a blog while i'm there.
my academic interests generally fall within political geography, including popular geopolitics,
border issues, and organizations that run counter to or separate from the capitalist-democratic world
system. i am also interested in sts, religious and mythological geographies, using new media in research,
urban networks and planning, and geographies of violence.