USM Geography-Anthropology Welcomes Amy Mills as New Part-time Associate Professor in Geography

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Join us in welcoming Amy Mills, PhD, to the Geography Anthropology Department here at USM in her role as Part-time Associate Professor in Geography. She will be teaching GEO 101: Human Geography beginning in the Spring semester of 2020.


Prior to joining USM, Amy was an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina. Amy has taught about globalization, cultural geography, international urban studies, and the Middle East, and received the Michael Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award at the University of South Carolina in 2013. Amy has an M.A. in Middle East Studies and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin, and her passion for people and places in the Middle East began as a junior year abroad college student at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She was born in Massachusetts and is very happy to be back home in New England.

Amy has also lived in Istanbul, Turkey, and most of her research focuses on urban cultural processes of belonging and exclusion in that extraordinary city. Her award-winning first book, Streets of Memory: Landscape, Tolerance, and National Identity in Istanbul, was a contemporary ethnography of a former ethnic minority neighborhood that examined Turkish nostalgia for Istanbul’s multicultural, cosmopolitan past. Streets of History: Urbanism and Cultural Geopolitics in Occupied Istanbul, is her current book in progress. For this research she is reading Ottoman Turkish humor magazines and memoirs, and maps and letters left by British spies and postal workers. These sources tell us how various people imagined Istanbul’s geography while it was occupied by Allied forces after the First World War (“East or West”? Part of an “Islamic World”? Whose city?). Her work has been published in diverse venues including Comparative Studies of South Africa, Asia, and the Middle East; Annals of the Association of American Geographers; the International Journal of Middle East Studies; and Gender, Place and Culture. Dr. Mills serves/has served on the international advisory boards of fe dergisi/fe journal, the Turkish Journal of Human Geography, the Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association, and the International Journal of Middle East Studies.