Jennifer Fluri photo portrait
Department Chair • Professor of Geography • Feminist political geography; conflict security and development; South/Southwest Asia • Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 2005
Human Geography

Research Interests

I am a feminist political geographer concentrating on conflict, security, and aid/development in South and Southwest Asia. I am particularly interested in understanding the spatial organization and corporeal representations and experiences of individuals and groups working and living within conflict zones.

My doctoral research focused on the use of public and private space by the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), a clandestine feminist-nationalist organization. My interest in this organization was sparked through my interactions with their international supporters network in the United States. I compared how this organization operates and represents itself internationally through the use of the Internet and its geographic placement and operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan. RAWA's feminist politics remains unconventional within an Afghan context, while their methods for disseminating their sociopolitical beliefs expanding their organization relies on conventional methods such as social reproduction and educational indoctrination.

My post-doctoral research project examined the spatial arrangements, interactions, and gender roles within the international "community" in Kabul, Afghanistan in comparison with the "local" Afghan population. The geopolitics and geo-economics associated with the placement of International workers and their interactions with Afghans were central to this project. I also became increasing interested in the differentiated methods used by Afghans and internationals to provide for their own security in spaces increasingly beset by political violence and a general state of insecurity.

Current Research 

My current research focuses on gender, peace building and conflict mediation in Afghanistan. This research was funded by the United States Institute for Peace and CU-Boulder. Rachel Lehr, PhD has been my collaborator on this project. Rachel will continue to work with me on a new National Science Foundation Funded project that extends our research on gender and conflict mediation to understand the social and political influences of Afghan women at various scales of analysis from the home and community to the nation and international geopolitics.

Recent Courses Taught

  • Spring 2021  GEOG 3832 Geographies of South Asia
  • Spring 2020  GEOG 5100 Special Topics: Feminist Geography
  • Fall 2019  GEOG 5152 History and Theory of Geography
  • Spring 2019  GEOG 4722/5722  Field Methods Human Geography
  • Fall 2018  GEOG 5152 History and Theory of Geography
  • Summer 2018  IAFS 3010 Islam, Geopolitics & Society
  • Maymester 2018  GEOG 3842 Human Geography of Czechia (Global Seminar: Prague Past & Present)
  • Spring 2018  GEOG 1962 Geographies of Global Change
  • Fall 2017  GEOG 3832 Geographies of South Asia
  • Fall 2017  GEOG 5152 History and Theory of Geography

Recent Publications

Oberhauser, Ann M., Jennifer L. Fluri, Risa Whiston, and Sharlene Mollett (2018) Feminist Spaces: Gender and Geography in a Global Context. New York and London: Routledge. 

Fluri, Jennifer L. and Rachel Lehr. (2017) The Carpetbaggers of Kabul and Other American-Afghan Entanglements: Intimate Development, Geopolitics and the Currency of Gender and Grief. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.

Fluri, Jennifer L. and Amy Piedalue (2017) Co-editors of themed section, “Embodying Violence: Critical Geographies of Gender, Race, and Culture.” Gender, Place and Culture, 34(4): 534-54. 

Fluri, Jennifer L. (2017) “Crisis and Consumption: ‘Saving’ the Poor and the Seductions of Capitalism.” Humanities, 36(6): 1-12.

Fluri, Jennifer L., Paul S.B. Jackson, and Dinesh Paudel (2015) “A New Development Technology? South Asian Biometrics and the Promise of State Security and Economic Opportunity” Geography Compass, 9/10: 539-549. 

Fluri, Jennifer L. (2015) “Feminist Political Geography” In The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Geography, Edited by J. Agnew, V. Mamadouh, A. Secor, and J. Sharp. Wiley-Blackwell. (235-247).

Fluri, Jennifer L. and Rachel Lehr (2015) “The Currency of Grief: 9/11 deaths, Afghan lives, and intimate intervention” in P.J. Lopez and K.A. Gillespie (Eds.) Economies of Death: logics of killable life and grievable death. Routledge. (14-36). 

Fluri, Jennifer L. (2014) "States of (in)security: corporeal geographies and the elsewhere war" Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32:795-814.

2013 Fluri, Jennifer L. “Women” In The Companion to Critical Geopolitics, Edited by Klaus Dodds, Merje Kuus and Joanne Sharp. London: Ashgate Publishing (509-527).

Fluri, Jennifer L. (2012) "Capitalizing on Bare Life: Sovereignty, Exception, and Gender Politics" Antipode. 44(1): 31-50.

Fluri, Jennifer L. (2011) Armored Peacocks and Proxy Bodies: Gender & Geopolitics in Aid/Development Spaces" Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 18 (4): 519-536.

Fluri, Jennifer L. (2011) "Bodies, Bombs, and Barricades: Gendered Geographies of (In)Security" Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 36(3): 280-296.

Fluri, Jennifer L.. and Trauger, A. (2011) "The Corporeal Marker Project: bodily difference, identity, and place" Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 35(4): 551-563.

Fluri, Jennifer L. (2009) " 'Foreign Passports Only': Geographies of (Post)Conflict Work in Kabul, Afghanistan" Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 99(5): 986-994.

Fluri, Jennifer L. (2009) "The Beautiful 'Other': A Critical Examination of 'Western' Representations of Afghan Feminine Corporeal Modernity" Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 16(3): 241-256.

Updated April 2018