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Department of Geography


Caroline R. Nagel

Title: Professor
Department: Geography
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-4970
Office: Callcott, Room 127

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Department of Geography

Caroline Nagel


Caroline Nagel is Professor and Chair of the Geography Department at the University of South Carolina.  She received her B.A. in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of California Berkeley, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Prior to her arrival at UofSC, Caroline was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Kentucky and a lecturer in Geography at Loughborough University (United Kingdom).  Caroline serves on the editorial boards of Arab World Geographer and Political Geography.



Caroline is a broadly trained human geographer whose interests lie at the intersection of urban, cultural, and political geography. As a migration specialist, Caroline has long been interested in the politics of identity, integration, and citizenship in immigrant-receiving contexts. Her work on British Arab and Arab American activists (with Lynn Staeheli) and on Christian outreach to immigrants in the U.S. South (with Patricia Ehrkamp) has explored themes of transnationalism, ethnic formation, multicultural discourse, immigrant activism, and religious identity. Underlying all of her work on migration is a concern with the everyday, place-based production and negotiation of social membership and belonging. Her years of teaching and research on immigration are reflected in her 2016 book, co-authored with Liz Mavroudi, entitled Global Migration: Patterns, Processes, and Politics (Routledge). Caroline also has an interest in Lebanon that stems from her work on Arab immigrants. Having visited Lebanon shortly after the country’s civil war, Caroline returned as a Fulbright scholar in 2010-11 and was based at the American University of Beirut. Her work on Lebanon has focused on the redevelopment of Beirut and the role of NGOs in producing new citizenship discourses in a fragmented political landscape. Caroline’s current research explores the political subjectivities of young Christians who participate in short-term overseas missions. This research asks how young people come to understand themselves as being in community with, and as having obligations to, faraway people and places. It also examines the tensions and overlaps between ideas of Christian mission and more secular conceptions of ‘global citizenship’ and humanitarianism.


  • GEOG 121: Globalization and World Regions
  • GEOG 225: Geography of Europe
  • GEOG 344: Geographies of U.S. Cities
  • GEOG 512: Migration and Globalization
  • GEOG 735: Graduate Seminar in Political Geography 

Representative Publications 

Nagel, C. (forthcoming). Christian short-term missions: Creating global citizens? Geopolitics.

Nagel, C. (2018). Southern Exceptionalism and the perils of region, The Professional Geographer DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2018.1455521.

Ehrkamp, P. and Nagel, C. (2017). Policing the borders of church and societal membership: Immigrant and faith-based communities in the U.S. South, Territory, Politics and Governance 5(3): 318-331.

Nagel, C. and Ehrkamp, P. (2017).  Immigration, Christian faith communities, and the practice of multiculturalism in the U.S. South, Ethnic and Racial Studies 40(1): 190-208.

Nagel, C. (2016).  Southern hospitality? Islamophobia and the politicization of refugees in South Carolina during the 2016 election season, Southeastern Geographer 56(3): 283-290.

Nagel, C. and Ehrkamp, P. (2016).  Deserving welcome? Immigrants, Christian faith communities, and the contentious politics of belonging in the U.S. South, Antipode 48(4): 1040-1058.

Nagel, C. and Staeheli, L. (2016). Nature, environmentalism, and the politics of citizenship in post-civil war Lebanon, Cultural Geographies 23(2): 247-263. 

Nagel, C., and Staeheli, L. (2015). International donors, NGOs, and the geopolitics of youth citizenship in contemporary Lebanon, Geopolitics 20(2): 223-247.

Ehrkamp, P. and Nagel. C. (2014). Under the radar: Undocumented immigrants, Christian faith communities, and the precarious spaces of welcome in the U.S. South, Annals of the Association of American Geographers 104: 319-328. 

Nagel, C. (2013). Reconfiguring belonging in the suburban South: Diversity, 'merit' and the persistence of white privilege, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 37: 618-640.

Ehrkamp, P., and Nagel, C. (2012). Immigration, places of worship and the politics of citizenship in the U.S. South, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 37: 624-638.

Nagel, C. (2009). Rethinking geographies of assimilation (commentary). The Professional Geographer 61: 400-407.

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