Reuben Rose-Redwood

Reuben Rose-Redwood
Position
Associate Professor
Urban geographies; cultural landscape studies
Credentials

PhD (Penn State)

Status

On Leave

Contact
Office: DTB B354

I joined the faculty at UVic in 2009, and I am currently an Associate Professor of Geography as well as a member of the Cultural, Social, and Political Thought program. I am also the current Chair of UVic’s Committee for Urban Studies, which organizes The City Talks (http://www.thecitytalks.ca). My research contributes to the field of critical human geography, focusing particularly on the historical geography of cities, cultural landscape studies, critical theories of mapping, and the politics of place. In all of my work, I draw upon critical social theory to explore the interrelations of space, knowledge, and power. Additionally, I teach a range of courses as part of the department’s undergraduate concentration in Urban, Health, and Development while also contributing to graduate instruction and supervision in the Human Geography stream. I play an active role in the graduate program supervising master’s and doctoral students who have studied a wide variety of topics ranging from the cultural politics of place naming, city branding, and spatial narratives of landscape to the performative politics of urban aesthetics, graffiti, and the fictitious capital of cyber-currencies. If you are interested in potentially working under my supervision, I would strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with my research publications and then get in touch via email to discuss your research interests prior to formally submitting an application to the graduate program. 

Research

While my current research interests are in the area of critical human geography, I actually began my academic career as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia studying environmental sciences such as climatology, ecology, hydrology, and geology! Towards the end of my undergraduate studies, however, I discovered the field of environmental history, which gave me a deep appreciation for the importance of historical perspective in understanding the politics of social and environmental change. This led me to pursue my graduate studies in human geography at Penn State University, where I received both my master’s (2002) and PhD (2006) degrees. My master’s research examined the role that the 1811 grid street plan played in reshaping the social and physical landscape of New York City during the nineteenth century. From this work, I developed an abiding interest in the politics of surveying and mapping, the production of calculable space, and the urban streetscape as a contested site of collective memory. I also used my knowledge of the historical cartography of New York to contribute to the fields of historical GIS and geovisualization by developing one of the first 3D spatial models of Manhattan’s historical topography. My research on New York has been featured on the Discovery Channel, History Channel, BBC World Service Newshour, and in the New York Times. After completing my master’s degree, I then embarked on my doctoral studies, eventually writing a dissertation that drew upon Foucault’s theory of governmentality to explore the political technologies of the grid and related regimes of spatial identification such as house numbering, street naming, and the informational infrastructures that constitute the “geo-coded world.”

Following the completion of my graduate studies, my research has contributed to a number of thematic areas in critical human geography. In 2014, I co-edited a book entitled, Performativity, Politics, and the Production of Social Space (Routledge, 2014), which explores the significance of performativity theory in contemporary human geography, and I am currently co-editing another book, The Political Life of Urban Streetscapes: Naming, Politics, and Place, which will be published by Routledge in 2017. Additionally, I have published a series of articles in leading human geography journals on the cultural politics of place naming, governmentality and the geo-coded world, genealogies of the grid, collective memory and the production of urban space, geographies of street numbering, and the politics of mapping, among other topics. In 2015, I guest edited a special issue of Cartographica on “Deconstructing the Map: 25 Years On,” which revisits J.B. Harley’s classic work that gave rise to the field of critical cartography. At present, I am working on several different research projects on: (1) the political economy of naming rights, (2) Indigenous struggles over decolonizing the map; (3) spatial histories of the geo-coded world; (4) the historical geography of New York City; and (5) mapping the dispossession of Japanese Canadian-owned properties in British Columbia during the Second World War as part of the SSHRC-funded Landscapes of Injustice research project (http://www.landscapesofinjustice.com).

Teaching

Teaching is one of the most fulfilling experiences of my academic career. My teaching philosophy is based, above all else, upon the belief that learning is a dialogical process of mutual engagement that should have as its chief aim the cultivation of critical thinking, a commitment to social justice, and an appreciation for the multiple perspectives that can be brought to bear on any given geographical issue. In all of my classes, I recognize that students come from diverse cultural backgrounds, have different educational and career goals, and are committed to contrasting political ideologies. I therefore think it is crucial to be respectful of such diversity while also challenging students to explore multiple, conflicting viewpoints regarding the complex issues of contemporary human geography. This pedagogical approach informs every aspect of my teaching, since I make an active effort to foster interactive learning by asking probing questions to generate group discussions (even in large lectures), encouraging collaborative work on group projects, and challenging students to critically examine the ethical and political assumptions that underpin their geographical imaginations.

I have had the pleasure of teaching both introductory and advanced courses at the undergraduate level as well as graduate seminars. I currently teach undergraduate courses in human geography, including: Social & Cultural Geography (GEOG 218), Geographies of the North American City (GEOG 340), and Urban Social Geographies (GEOG 448). Additionally, I have had the opportunity to teach the Advanced Seminar in Human Geography (GEOG 536) as well as Graduate Research Approaches & Design (GEOG 500). Beyond the classroom, I have also played an active role in supervising undergraduate honours students as well as master’s and doctoral students on a diverse range of thesis topics in human geography.  

Graduate Supervision

Christopher Fortney (PhD in progress): governmentality, graffiti, and the politics of the “creative city.”

Maral Sotoudehnia (PhD in progress): cyber-currencies, Bitcoin, and fictitious capital.

Lindsay Chase (PhD in progress): geographies of suburbanization and place-making.

Lisa Domae (PhD in progress): sense of place and the geographies of the North American college campus.

Spencer Bradbury (MA in progress): performativity, technologies of the self, and medical tourism in Latin America.

Alicia Hubka (MA in progress): cultural geographies of haunted spaces.

Jolene Jackson (MA, 2014): “Embodying Landscape: Spatial Narratives of Becoming-Artist on the Islands of the Salish Sea.” [full text]

Maral Sotoudehnia (MA, 2013): “‘Turn Your Brand into a Destination’: City Branding, Naming Rights, and the Neoliberalization of Dubai, UAE.” [full text]

Julian Bakker (MA, 2013): “Aesthetics, New Urbanism, and the Diana Krall Plaza: A Case Study in Nanaimo, BC.” [full text]

Brian Tucker (MA, 2013): “Inventing the Salish Sea: Exploring the Performative Act of Place Naming off the Pacific Coast of North America.” [full text]

Undergraduate Honours Supervision

Morgan Henderson (Honours, 2016): “The St. Andrew's Development: A Crucible for Urban Land-Use Conflict in Victoria, BC”

Colin Crawford (Honours, 2015): “Performing Urban Futures: Screening Los Angeles.”

Sean Grisdale (Honours, 2014): “Cultivating Exclusion: Homelessness and the Neoliberalization of Public Space in the ‘City of Gardens.’”

Caleb Horn (Honours, 2014): “Consolidation and Fragmentation: Regional Governance in Greater Victoria.”

Jennifer Giesbrecht (Honours, 2013): “Uptown as a Transit-Oriented Development? A Mixed-Methods Approach to Evaluating Transportation Planning Practices and their Geographical Effects.”

Sarah Brown (Honours, 2012): “Settlement Patterns of Chinese Residents in Victoria, British Columbia, 1961-2001.”

Nick Collins (Honours, 2011): “Paved with Good Intentions: A Study of the Relationship between Affluence Levels of Communities near Major High-Speed Roadways and Externality Abatement Measures in Seattle and Vancouver.”

Publications

Edited Books and Special Issues

Rose-Redwood, R. and Bigon, L., eds. (under contract, 2018), Gridded Worlds: An Urban Anthology. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Rose-Redwood, R., Alderman, D., and Azaryahu, M., eds. (forthcoming, 2017), The Political Life of Urban Streetscapes: Naming, Politics, and PlaceNew York: Routledge.

Rose-Redwood, R., ed. (2015), “Deconstructing the Map: 25 Years On,” Cartographica 49(5): 1-57.

Glass, M. and Rose-Redwood, R., eds. (2014), Performativity, Politics, and the Production of Social Space, New York: Routledge.

Rose-Redwood, R. and Tantner, A., eds. (2012), Special Section on “Governmentality, House Numbering, and the Spatial History of the Modern City,” Urban History 39(4): 607-679.

Rose-Redwood, R. and Alderman, D., eds. (2011), Special Issue on “New Directions in Political Toponymy,” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 10(1): 1-41.

Rose-Redwood, R., ed. (2010), “Encountering Mannahatta: A Critical Review Forum,” Cartographica 45(4): 241-272.

Rose-Redwood, R., Alderman, D., and Azaryahu, M., eds. (2008), Special Issue on “Collective Memory and the Politics of Urban Space,” GeoJournal 73(3): 160-253.

Journal Articles

Stanger-Ross, J., Blomley, N., and the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective (forthcoming, 2017), “Property Claims of the Dispossessed: How Japanese Canadians Contested the Forced Sale of Everything They Owned, 1940s,” Law and History Review.

Rose-Redwood, R. vs. Smith, J. (2016), “Strange Encounters: A Dialogue on Cultural Geography Across the Political Divide,” Journal of Cultural Geography 33(3): 365-378.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2016), “‘Reclaim, Rename, Reoccupy’: Decolonizing Place and the Reclaiming of PKOLS,” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 15(1): 187-206.

Stanger-Ross, J. and the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective (2016), "Suspect Properties: The Vancouver Origins of the Forced Sale of Japanese-Canadian-owned Properties, WWII," Journal of Planning History, 15(4): 271-289.

Thatcher, J., Bergmann, L., Ricker, B., Rose-Redwood, R. (Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective), O’Sullivan, D., Barnes, T., Barnesmoore, L., Imaoka, L., Burns, R., Cinnamon, J., Dalton, C., Davis, C., Dunn, S., Harvey, F., Jung, J., Kersten, E., Knigge, L., Lally, N., Lin, W., Mahmoudi, D., Martin, M., Payne, W., Sheikh, A., Shelton, T., Sheppard, E., Strother, C., Tarr, A., Wilson, M., Young, J. (2016), “Revisiting Critical GIS” Environment & Planning A48(5): 815-824.

Rose-Redwood, R. and Kadonaga, L. (2016), “‘The Corner of Avenue A and Twenty-Third Street’: Geographies of Street Numbering in the United States,” The Professional Geographer, 68(1): 39-52 

Rose-Redwood, R. (2015), “The Limits to Deconstructing the Map,” Cartographica 50(1): 1-8.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2015), “Looking ‘Beyond’ Power? J.B. Harley’s Legacy and the Powers of Cartographic World-Making,” Cartographica 50(1): 54-57.

Tucker, B. and Rose-Redwood, R. (2015), “Decolonizing the Map? Toponymic Politics and the Rescaling of the Salish Sea,” The Canadian Geographer 59(2): 194-206.

Rose-Redwood, C. and Rose-Redwood, R. (2013), “Self-Segregation or Global Mixing? Social Interactions and the International Student Experience,” Journal of College Student Development 54(4): 413-429.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2012), “With Numbers in Place: Security, Territory, and the Production of Calculable Space,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 102(2): 295-319.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2012), “‘A Regular State of Beautiful Confusion’: Governing by Numbers and the Contradictions of Calculable Space in New York City,” Urban History 102(2): 624-638.

Rose-Redwood, R. and Tantner, A. (2012), “Introduction: Governmentality, House Numbering, and the Spatial History of the Modern City,” Urban History 102(2): 607-613.

Rose-Redwood, R. and Li, L. (2011), “From Island of Hills to Cartesian Flatland? Using GIS to Assess Topographical Change in New York City, 1819-1999,” The Professional Geographer 63(3): 392-405.

Rose-Redwood, R. and Alderman, D. (2011), “Critical Interventions in Political Toponymy,” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 10(1): 1-6.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2011), “Rethinking the Agenda of Political Toponymy,” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 10(1): 34-41.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2011), “Mythologies of the Grid in the Empire City, 1811-2011,” Geographical Review 101(3): 396-413.

Rose-Redwood, R., Alderman, D., and Azaryahu, M. (2010), “Geographies of Toponymic Inscription: New Directions in Critical Place-Name Studies,” Progress in Human Geography 34(4): 453-470.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2010), “Visions of Mannahatta: Historical Memory and the Cartographic Mythologies of the ‘Natural Landscape’ as Ecological Baseline,” Cartographica 45(4): 242-247.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2008), “‘Sixth Avenue is Now a Memory’: Regimes of Spatial Inscription and the Performative Limits of the Official City-Text,” Political Geography 27(8): 875-894.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2008), “From Number to Name: Symbolic Capital, Places of Memory, and the Politics of Street Renaming in New York City,” Social & Cultural Geography 9(4): 432-452.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2008), “Indexing the Great Ledger of the Community: Urban House Numbering, City Directories, and the Production of Spatial Legibility,” Journal of Historical Geography 34(2): 286-310.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2008), “Genealogies of the Grid: Revisiting Stanislawski’s Search for the Origin of the Grid-Pattern Town,” Geographical Review 98(1): 42-58.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2006), “Governmentality, Geography, and the Geo-coded World,” Progress in Human Geography 30(4): 469-486.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2004), “The Surveyor’s Model of the World: The Uses and Abuses of History in Introductory Surveying Textbooks,” Cartographica 39(4): 45-54.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2003), “Re-creating the Historical Topography of Manhattan Island,” Geographical Review 93(1): 124-132.

Book Chapters

Rose-Redwood, R., Alderman, D., and Azaryahu, M. (forthcoming, 2017), “The Urban Streetscape as Political Cosmos,” in R. Rose-Redwood, D. Alderman, and M. Azaryahu, eds., The Political Life of Urban Streetscapes: Naming, Politics, and Place. New York: Routledge.

Rose-Redwood, R., Alderman, D., and Azaryahu, M. (forthcoming, 2017), “Contemporary Issues and Future Horizons of Critical Urban Toponymy,” in R. Rose-Redwood, D. Alderman, and M. Azaryahu, eds., The Political Life of Urban Streetscapes: Naming, Politics, and Place. New York: Routledge.

Rose-Redwood, R. (forthcoming, 2017), “From Number to Name: Symbolic Capital, Places of Memory, and the Politics of Street Renaming in New York City,” in R. Rose-Redwood, D. Alderman, and M. Azaryahu, eds., The Political Life of Urban Streetscapes: Naming, Politics, and Place. New York: Routledge.

Stanger-Ross, J., Sugiman, P., and the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective (2016), “Japanese Canadians in the Second World War,” in J.D. Belshaw, ed., Canadian History: Post-Confederation (pp. 306-309). BC Open Texbook Project.

Rose-Redwood, R. and Glass, M. (2014), “Geographies of Performativity,” in M. Glass and R. Rose-Redwood, eds., Performativity, Politics, and the Production of Social Space (pp. 1-34), New York: Routledge.

Glass, M. And Rose-Redwood, R. (2014), “Finding New Spaces for Performativity and Politics,” in M. Glass and R. Rose-Redwood, eds., Performativity, Politics, and the Production of Social Space (pp. 253-263), New York: Routledge.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2014), “‘Sixth Avenue is Now a Memory’: Regimes of Spatial Inscription and the Performative Limits of the Official City-Text,” in M. Glass and R. Rose-Redwood, eds., Performativity, Politics, and the Production of Social Space (pp. 176-201), New York: Routledge.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2009), “Indexing the Great Ledger of the Community: Urban House Numbering, City Directories, and the Production of Spatial Legibility,” in L. Berg and J. Vuolteenaho (eds.), Critical Toponymies: The Contested Politics of Place Naming (pp. 199-225), UK: Ashgate Press.

Book Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries

Rose-Redwood, R. (2015), Review of The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City (by Eric Avila), Urban Studies 52(14): 2741-2743.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2010), Review of The Once and Future New York: Historic Preservation and the Modern City (by Randall Mason), Journal of Historical Geography 36(3): 360- 362.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2010), “New York City,” Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, New York: Facts on File, 982-985.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2009), Review of A Description of New Netherland (by Adriaen Van der Donck), Geographical Review, 99(3): 450-452.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2009), Review of Placing History: How Maps, Spatial Data, and GIS Are Changing Historical Scholarship (by Anne Knowles) and Historical GIS: Technologies, Methodologies and Scholarship (by Ian Gregory and Paul Ell), Journal of Historical Geography, 35(2): 394-297.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2008), Review of Improved Earth: Prairie Space as Modern Artifact, 1869-1944 (by Rod Bantjes), Historical Geography 36(1): 233-235.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2008), Review of The New Wealth of Cities: City Dynamics and the Fifth Wave (by John Montgomery), Growth and Change 39(3): 531-534.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2007), "Grid Pattern,” Encyclopedia of American Urban History, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 317-319.

Rampersad, C. and Rose-Redwood, R. (2007), "Statue of Liberty,” Encyclopedia of American Urban History, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 762-763.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2006), Review of Planning Theory (by Philip Allmendinger), Political Geography 25(7): 859-861.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2006), Review of To Love the Wind and the Rain: African Americans and Environmental History (by Dianne Glave and Mark Stoll, eds.), H-URBAN, May 26, 2006.

Rose-Redwood, R. and Gibson, K. (2005), “Manhattan (New York County),” Encyclopedia of New York State, Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 947-950.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2005), “Commissioners’ Plan of 1811,” Encyclopedia of New York State, Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 375.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2004), “Goats,” Encyclopedia of World Environmental History, New York: Routledge, 595-597.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2004), Review of Empire City: The Making and Meaning of the New York City Landscape (by David Scobey), Antipode 36(4): 781-3.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2004), Review of Spaces of Neoliberalism: Urban Restructuring in North America and Western Europe (edited by Neil Brenner and Nik Theodore), Regional Studies 38 (6): 729-730.

Other Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

Rose-Redwood, R. (2016), “Foreword,” in L. Bigon, ed., Place Names in Africa: Colonial Urban Legacies, Entangled Histories. New York: Springer.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2016), An Open Letter to the Municipality of North Cowichan: The Case Against the Selling of Naming Rights to Public Places.

Rose-Redwood, Alderman, D., Cravey, A., Kirsch, S., Babatunde, O.R., and Inwood, J. (2015), “#KickOutTheKKK: Challenging White Supremacy at UNC,” Newsletter of the Association of American Geographers 50(7): n.p.

Rose-Redwood, R. “‘Well-Established’ Names Should Take Precedence,” Times Colonist (May 25, 2013).

Rose-Redwood, R. “Taxpayer Savings Point Not Clearly Made,” Victoria News (May 15, 2012).

Rose-Redwood, R. “Public Places Need Public Names,” Times Colonist (April 1, 2012).

Rose-Redwood, R. “Against the Selling of Naming Rights to Public Places,” Newsletter of the Association of American Geographers 47(7): 13.

Rose-Redwood, R. and Tucker, B. (2011). “Inventing the Salish Sea.” Newsletter of the Association of American Geographers, 46(3), 13-14.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2011). “Profile of the Twelve Avenues,” in H. Ballon, ed., The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan. New York: Columbia University Press, 79.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2011). “How Manhattan’s Topography Changed and Stayed the Same,” in H. Ballon, ed., The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan. New York: Columbia University Press, 80.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2011). “Farm House at 84th Street,” in H. Ballon, ed., The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan. New York: Columbia University Press, 84.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2011). “Numbering and Naming Manhattan’s Streets,” in H. Ballon, ed., The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan. New York: Columbia University Press, 77-95.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2011). “Randel Farm Map: Grid and Marsh,” in H. Ballon, ed., The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan. New York: Columbia University Press, 70. 

Rose-Redwood, R. (2011). “Randel Farm Map: Fort Washington,” in H. Ballon, ed., The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan. New York: Columbia University Press, 70.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2011). “Leveling a Street,” in H. Ballon, ed., The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan. New York: Columbia University Press, 77-78.

Alderman, D., Rose-Redwood, R., and Azaryahu, M. (2008). Naming Places / Placing Names: An International Workshop. American Name Society 53rd Annual Ehrensperger Report, 4-5.

Rose-Redwood, R. (2007). Critical Cartography and the Performativity of 3D Mapping. GIS Development, 11(4), 40-43.

Faces of UVic Research video

In this video, Reuben discusses his research on the cultural politics of place naming, the spatial organization of cities, and the history of geographic thought.