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About Caroline R. Nagel

Caroline Nagel has served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina since 2007. She was formerly based at Loughborough University (2001-2007) and the Nottingham Trent University (1999-2001) in Britain. She has expertise in migration studies, urban geography, and political geography and is interested in questions of identity, belonging, and citizenship. Much of her past work as focused on Arab immigrant communities in the United States and Britain and the ways in which Arab community activists articulate and enact multiple political and social memberships, within and across nation-state boundaries. Her current work with Patricia Ehrkamp (Geography-University of Kentucky) investigates the ways in which immigrants’ places of worship serve as sites of citizenship. This work is being conducted in three cities in the US South (Atlanta, Charlotte, and Greenville-Spartanburg) and involves Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, and Christian faith communities. Dr Nagel also has a long-standing interest in the politics of public space in Beirut, Lebanon and has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to work at the American University of Beirut for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Dr Nagel has published numerous journals articles and book chapters on immigration, transnationalism, citizenship, religious identity, and multiculturalism. She also co-edited Geographies of Muslim Women (Guilford, 2005) with Ghazi-Walid Falah. She is on the editorial boards of Political Geography and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers and is a member of the Association of American Geographers. Dr Nagel received her BA with highest honors in Latin American Studies and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and her MA and PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder.


Present Associate Professor of Geography, University of South Carolina - Columbia
Present Director, Islamic World Studies Program, University of South Carolina - Columbia

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

Migration and Transnationalism, Citizenship and Identity, Islam and Religion, and Urban Geography

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Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation Award (with Patricia Ehrkamp, University of Kentucky), 2010-2012
  • Fulbright Scholar Research and Teaching Award, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 2010-2011
  • Economic and Social Research Council Award, 2002-2006
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 1997-1998
  • Ogilvy Travel Fellowship, 1997


  • Geography of Europe
  • City Spaces, Local Places
  • Migration and Globalization
  • Graduate Seminar in Political Geography
  • Global Geopolitics

Contact Information

Department of Geography
Phone: (803) 777-4970


Articles (19)

Books (1)

Contributions to Books (5)