Nathaniel Ray Pickett
PhD candidate, Department of 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 recieved my
bachelor's degree in history from Brigham Young University in 2009, after which I spent a year
as a psychiatric technician at Utah State Hospital. I recieved my M.A. degree in Russian,
East European, and Eurasian Studies from the University of Kansas in 2012, with a focus on Ukrainian
Studies. After my master's program I moved into the geography PhD program at KU, where I am completing
a dissertation involving the application of Science and Technology Studies in a political geography
study of the political and social effects of the 1986 Chornobyl nuclear disaster on Ukraine. In 2015-16
I was in Ukraine on a research Fulbright to gather data. I received a graduate certificate in GIS in 2019.
My academic interests generally fall within political geography, including popular geopolitics,
border issues, labor organizations, and anti-capitalist systems. I am also interested in STS, using
new media in research, critical GIS, urban networks and planning, and geographies of violence.
Physical Geography Lab (GEOG 104) hybrid, spring 2020
Introduction to Cultural Geography (GEOG 370), fall 2019
People, Place, Society (GEOG 102), 11 semesters between fall 2012 and summer 2019
People, Place, Society (GEOG 102) online, fall 2013 and summer 2016
Physical Geography Lab (GEOG 104), spring and summer 2013
Beginning Russian (RUSS 102, 104), fall 2011 and spring 2012
grants and fellowships
University Graduate Fellowship, 2018-2019
TRESTLE course transformation grant, 2018
Fulbright for research in Ukraine, 2015-2016
Kollmorgen Fellowship, 2012-13
CREES-FMSO Research Assistantship, spring 2011
Emergent stateness: Critical urban geopolitics in Slavutych,"
East/West Journal of Ukrainian Studies 6(2): 11-31 With Shannon O'Lear and Samuel Henkin,
Science, Technology, and Society approaches to research in geography,"
The Professional Geographer, 72(2): 253-263 With Stephen Egbert, Nicole Reiz, William Price, and Austen Thelen,
Territorial cleansing: A geopolitical approach to understanding mass violence,"
Territory, Politics, Governance, 2015 "
vs our land: Crimean conflicts of identity," FMSO Monographs, May 2012
( unabridged version)
The future of the field: Highlighting graduate student work in Ukrainian Studies,"
East/West Journal of Ukrainian Studies 6(2): 7-10 Film review:
The Babushkas of Chernobyl (2016), The Russian Review, 2017, 76 (3): 553 "
The Chornobyl disaster and the end of the
Soviet Union," conference proceedings from Kрах радянської імперії, November 2016: 85-92 "
Notes from Slavutych: The last nuclear monotown,"
Toxic News, 3 May 2016 With Shannon O'Lear, John Biersack, and David J. Trimbach,
book review: , Revenge of Geography
by Robert Kaplan Progress in Human Geography, August 2014 Translation of Boris Moronov, book review:
Cамоорганизация российской общественности в последней
трети XVIII—начале XX в. by A.C. Tumanova, ed., The Russian Review, 2012, 71 (4): 694-696
awards and honors
Doctoral Student Fund research award, 2018
Graduate Scholarly Presentation award, 2018
Hall Center Summer Writing Fellowship, 2017
Palij Book Award for Ukrainian Studies, 2011
conference and other presentations
Fulbright orientation, 2019: "Regional Expert Sessions: Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine" and "Social Science Research Methods"
ASEEES roundtable, 2018: organized session, "Doing research in post-soviet spaces:
reports on recent fieldwork"
AAG, New Orleans, 2018: "Crises of confidence: Biopolitical effects of
the Chornobyl disaster on Ukraine"
PGSG, University of New Orleans, 2018: "Opening spaces
of dissent: The politics of information control in the aftermath of the Chornobyl disaster on Ukraine" organized
, 2017 Platforma, a Ukrainian studies graduate student
conference AAG, Boston, 2017: co-organized session, "Post-soviet biopolitics"
PGSG, Harvard, 2017: "To save a city: Urban-scale geopolitics in Slavutych, Ukraine"
Chornobyl 30th anniversary lecture series hosted by Fulbright Ukraine, 2016: "Legacies and myths: Western perceptions of the
Aтомна революція: екологія політики, дифузія настроїв, санація свідомості (до 30-річчя аварії на чорнобильській аес) 2016:
1st International Conference on Nuclear Decomissioning and Environment Recovery 2016
Kрах радянської імперії: анатомія катасрофи, 2016: "The Chornobyl disaster and the end of the Soviet Union"
Ukrainian Ministry of Education workshop 2016: Publishing in western academic journals National Academy of Educational Sciences (Ukraine), 2015: "PhD studies at American universities for graduate students"
AAG, Chicago, 2015: mediated phenomenology, "
Stalker (1979), stalker, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., and stalkers" PGSG, Depaul, 2015: "STS and political geography: Theory and applications"
AAG, Tampa, 2014: "Social fallout"
PGSG, UCLA, 2013: "Revenge of geography?"
AAG, Los Angeles, 2013: panel, "Territorial cleansing topics," "Bangladesh 1971"
AAG, New York, 2012: "Territorial cleansing: A geographical understanding of mass violence"
Lectures, posters, and colloquia
Celebration of Teaching, 2019: "Incorporating interaction and collaboration into Geography 102: People, Place, and Society"
Geography colloquium, 2019: "Social monitoring: The Department of Social Expertise and the evolution of biopolitics in
Hall Center workshop, 2018: "Doing research in post-soviet spaces"
CREES brownbag, 2017: "Doing social science research in post-Soviet spaces"
CREES brownbag, 2017: "To save a city: Urban-scale geopolitics in Slavutych, Ukraine"
Geography brownbag, 2016: "Reflections on my fulbright in Ukraine"
Geography colloquium, 2015: "Radioactive research: Fieldwork on a Fulbright"
Geography colloquium, 2013: "Kaplan's
Revenge of Geography" Architecture symposium, 2013: "Global poverty: Alternative approaches"
CREES brownbag, 2012: "Homeland vs. our land: Crimean Tatar identity"
"Borders and borderlands in Eastern Europe: A political geography perspective"
"Comic books and popular geopolitics"
"Chornobyl, science, and international politics"
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