nathaniel ray pickett phd candidate, geography and atmospheric sciences, 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. in september 2015-june 2016 i was in ukraine on a research fulbright to gather data and
start writing my dissertation.
my academic interests generally fall within political geography, including popular geopolitics,
border issues, and organizations that run counter to or separate from the capitalist 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.