Joaquin Villanueva


Visiting Instructor and Visiting Assistant Professor in Geography

I conducted my B.A. at the University of Puerto Rico. I majored in Modern Languages (French and Italian) and minored in Geography. Having spent a semester abroad in France I developed an interest in France's immigration and assimilation policies. I decided to study the lives, experiences, and relationships of various immigrant groups in France through the discipline of geography. In 2003 I began my M.A. degree in the Geography Department at Syracuse University. There I studied the politics of public space in Paris with a special focus on the inclusion/exclusion of minority groups in the new Les Halles, a centrally located public park in Paris. I continued in the Geography Department at Syracuse University for my Ph.D. For my dissertation I explored the fields of political, urban, and penal geographies in order to examine contemporary crime-control policies implemented in disadvantaged neighborhoods in the outskirts of Paris. More specifically, my research looks at the geographical mobility of the criminal justice system (the police and courts) in urban regions and the wider implications of such mobility for socio-spatial justice. Other research interests include: the racialization and ethnicization of urban space, geographies of exclusion and segregation, and geographies of crime and violence.


Ph.D Syracuse University

Courses Taught


GEG-101 (Introduction to Human Geography), GEG-102 (World Regional Geography), and GEG-344 (ST:Geog of Peace/Crime)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
GEG-115Sports Geography12014/JN
GEG-101Introduction to Human Geography12013/FA
GEG-236Urban Geography12013/FA
GEG-102World Regional Geography12013/FA