Hannes Gerhardt

Hannes Gerhardt

Phone: 678-839-4064 | Fax: 678-839-4071

Email:  hgerhard@westga.edu

Office: Callaway Science Building

Biography

I am a human geographer with lots of interests. One theme that has manifested itself in much of my past work is that of the so called "geographical imaginary", that is, how places are imagined to be and the consequence of these imaginings on decision making. I have, for instance, researched the way evangelical Christians have imagined the Sudan, and how this imaginary evolved over time, ultimately having a significant impact on the pressure these Christians were able to bring to bear on the U.S. government to broker a peace deal between the north and the south. More recently I have worked on a collaborative research project funded by the NSF that looks at the contested imaginaries of the Arctic, especially as this place opens up to development with the advent of global warming. I have even considered the place imaginary of the Appalachian Trail, and what it is that motivates so many people to hike the entirety of this path. I am also, however, very interested in economic geography, and I have become especially compelled by work that has looked at the increasing financialization of the world economy, and how money is more and more removed from the actual production of things. I have begun a nascent research agenda that looks into the geographies created by financialization, as well as considering possibilities for alternative systems of wealth, in which production and monetary value are articulated in a different way.


Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • ENVS-2202 (Environmental Science)    
    • GEOG-1013 (World Geography)    
    • GEOG-2010 (Political Geography)    
    • GEOG-2503 (Cultural Geography)    
    • GEOG-3405 (Geographies of Sustainability)    
    • GEOG-4084 (Sr Seminar:Why Geog Matters)    
    • GEOG-4253 (Geography of Money)