Assistant Professor, GS

murtongb@jmu.edu

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I am a human geographer with broad research and teaching interests in the politics of international development. My current project examines the social and geopolitical implications of infrastructure development across the Himalayan borderlands of High Asia. I also study the local impacts of international aid in post-disaster landscapes. I like to conduct fieldwork with my students in the mountain ranges of Asia as well as the Appalachians.

Education
  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Colorado Boulder
  • M.A., International Relations, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • B.A., Religion, Middlebury College
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Scholarly Interests/Research Topics
  • Cultural Geography
  • Geopolitics
  • Development
  • Disaster
  • Infrastructure
  • Borders
  • Roads
  • Trade
  • Social Theory
  • Tibet and Himalaya Studies
  • Participatory Mapping
Courses Taught
  • Geography 305: History and Philosophy of Geography 
  • Geography 344: Economic Geography and Development Issues
  • Geography 380: Cultural Geography
Experience
  • Membership Chair, Executive Council, Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (current)
  • Development, direction, and risk management for international study abroad programs (India, China/Tibet, Bhutan, and Nepal: 2005-2013)
  • Instructor for Hurricane Island Outward Bound School/Outward Bound USA (2005-2008)
  • Two decades of study, service, and wayward travel in highland Asia (1998-2017)

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