Margath Walker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geography and Geosciences


Research Interests
Latin America
Qualitative Methods,
Social Theory
Herbert Marcuse

GEOG 600 History and Philosophy of Geography
GEOG 660 Qualitative Methods
GEOG 510 Global South Urbanism
GEOG 390 Geopolitics

External funding/Current Projects
My book manuscript Spatializing Marcuse: Critical Theory for Contemporary Times (expected 2021) is with Bristol University Press. In it, I develop the spatial sensibility of the social philosopher, Herbert Marcuse through an engagement with an array of contemporary issues including securitization, the logics of technology, geopolitics and human liberation.

I continue to work on borders and belonging where I use Mexico’s two borders as a window on the links between insecurity and securitization. I am also interested in the geographies of Artificial Intelligence and the geographies of knowledge production.

Grad students mentored (with thesis titles)
Steven Sizemore, School of Urban and Public Affairs, PhD Advisor, “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing at the Local Level: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Practices in Louisville, KY”

Michael Poindexter, “Oil, Space and National Imaginaries: Discursive Productions by Standard Oil New Jersey Post WWII”

Victoria Montgomery, “A Qualitative Analysis of Communality in Louisville Community Gardens”

Paula Gomez,“Transboundary Groundwater and Unsustainable Practices of Water Governance in the Guarani Aquifer”. 

Ashley Dale, “Greening Louisville’s East Market District: A Comparative Assessment of Sustainability”