Joseph F Getzoff

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getzo001@umn.edu
612-625-6080

Geography
Room 414 SocSci
7163A
267 19th Ave S

I have been in the UMN Department of Geography, Environment, and Society since 2011. My advisor is Vinay Gidwani. My field work centered on the Negev/Naqab Desert in Israel where I conducted research from July 2015 until January 2017. As a cultural geographer, I critically study the discourses and practices that link nationalism, environment, and development. I work across the interdisciplinary subfields of postcolonial development studies and political ecology. My key terms of analysis for my dissertation—"desert," "frontier," and "wasteland"—are environmental and geographic terms with significant historic, political, economic, and moral value for both global and particular histories. For my dissertation research, I specifically chart the Zionist representations of these terms and the way they are used to justify development plans that favor particular claims on land and valorize specific ideas of the environment. I look closely in my research to the effects of these ideas of development on Bedouin citizens of the state. “Development” becomes the coda for understanding how these three conceptual terms carry their own political and moral economic value. I look at how the ideological production of 'national' deserts, frontiers, and wastelands must be theoretically contextualized in relation to the global currents of capitalism. Large realms of scholarly work and ideas that I wrestle with and have influenced me: postcolonial development studies, postcolonial theory, settler-colonial studies, political ecology, environmental history, science and technology studies, histories of Palestine and Israel, Bedouin studies, arid environments, critical histories of liberalism and neoliberalism. If you have any questions about my work, please feel free to contact me. If you are interested in the UMN Department of Geography, Environment and Society, please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A.: Religious Studies/ English Lit (w/ Concentration in Creative Writing), Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, 2006.
  • MA: Geography, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2014.

Specialties

  • Development
  • Nature-Society
  • Political Ecology
  • Environmental History
  • Postcolonial Studies/ Theory
  • Israel / Palestine
  • Zionism
Courses Taught
  • TA for 1301: Our Globalizing World (Fall 2011 with Dr. Eric Sheppard)
  • TA for 1301: Our Globalizing World (Spring 2012 with Dr. Bruce Braun)
  • TA for 3371: Cities, Citizens, and Communities (Fall 2012 with Dr. George Henderson)
  • TA for 3379: Environment and Development in the Third World (Spring 2013 with Ivan Bialostovsky)
  • TA for 1403: Biogeography of the Global Garden (Fall 2013 with Dr. Kurt Kipfmueller)
  • TA for 1403: Biogeography of the Global Garden (Spring 2014 with Dr. Kurt Kipfmueller)
  • TA for 1403: Biogeography of the Global Garden - (Fall 2014 with Dr. Scott St. George)
  • TA for 3381W: Populations in an Interacting World (Spring 2015 with Katherine Kindervater)
  • TA for 3379: Environment and Development (Fall 2017 with Dr. Abdi Samatar)
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Guest Lecturer: 1301: Intro to Human Geography , April 2011
  • Paper Presenter: Anthropology Brown Bag , Mar 2013
  • Organizer: Upper Midwest Nature-Society Workshop , Oct. 2013
  • Organizer: Upper Midwest Nature-Society Workshop , Oct. 2014
  • Paper Presenter: Upper Midwest Nature-Society Workshop , Oct. 2014
  • Paper Presenter: Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, University of Kentucky , Feb. 2015
  • Guest Lecturer for 3381W: Populations: March 2015
  • Paper Presenter: AAG Annual Meeting, Chicago , April 2015
  • Research Presentation: UMN-Duluth Senior Geography Seminar , May 2015

Research

  • Dissertation Research: Field work in Negev/Naqab, July 2015 - Jan 2017
Awards
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship for Hebrew, June 2014 - August 2014
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Academic Year in Hebrew, September 2014 - May 2015
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship for Hebrew, June 2015 - September 2015
  • Fulbright Student Fellowship - Israel, October 2015 - June 2016
  • International Thesis Research Travel Grant ($5,000), Graduate School, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, September 2016 - January 2017