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Oakes, Timothy S Professor


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research overview

  • My work focuses on social and cultural transformation in contemporary China and, in particular, the uses and reinventions of local culture as a resource for economic development and governance objectives. I have explored this theme in the contexts of ethnic tourism and craft commodity production, cultural heritage development, and urban redevelopment and planning. My most recent research explores the development and use of leisure and consumption spaces in China’s urban areas, as well as in urbanizing areas of rural China. I am currently working on urban planning and infrastructural urbanism in China’s ‘New Area’ urban zones.


  • tourism, cultural economy, heritage, China, governance, regional development, ethnicity, cultural geography, urbanism


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courses taught

  • GEOG 2092 - Advanced Introduction to Human Geography
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Provides a rigorous introduction to key analytical concepts of human geography - place, space, scale, regions, nature, landscapes and territory - while giving an overview of topics addressed in subfields including economic geography, political geography, cultural geography and development geography. Specific topics may vary slightly from semester to semester but will likely include borders and migration, maps, tourism, climate change and the Anthropocene, geopolitical conflict, development, urbanization, nationalism, gender, race, inequality and identity.
  • GEOG 3822 - Geography of China
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Surveys the world's most populous country, examining physical and historical geography, urbanization and regional development, agriculture, population, energy, and the environment. Seeks to situate China's development in a broader Asian and global context. Recommended prerequisite: GEOG 1962 or GEOG 1972 or GEOG 1982 or GEOG 1992 or GEOG 2092.
  • GEOG 4173 - Research Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Examines the nature of research and develops pregraduate skills for geographic research, emphasizing problem definition, methods, sources, data interpretation, and writing. Recommended for students pursuing honors.
  • GEOG 6742 - Seminar: Cultural Geography
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Explores various geographic topics emphasizing the concept of culture. Emergence of several points of view in the development of cultural geography. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.


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