Glen S. Elder, Ph.D. - Associate Professor


Dr. Glen Elder is interested in the geography of sex, race and place. He teaches classes in African regional geography, political geography, feminist geography and the geographies of sexualities. In addition to being an Associate Professor of Geography, he is also an Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Vermont

Dr Elder received a Kroepsch Maurice Award for Excellence in Teaching3 in 2004 and the Dean's Lecture Award for Outstanding teaching and Scholarship in Fall4 2005.

He has an ongoing intellectual and service commitment to Vermont CARES (Committee for AIDS Resources, Education and Services)5 and serves as the Board Chair for The Samara Foundation of Vermont6.



Hostels, Sexuality and the Apartheid Legacy Malevolent Geographies. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2003.

Articles and Book Chapters

The Globalization-AIDS-Poverty Syndrome in Africa, Current Politics and Economics of Africa, 29 (co-authored with Padraig Carmody) vol 1(1), 1-29, 2008.

Locating the State in Queer Space, Social and Cultural Geography, (co-authored with Max Andrucki) 8(1), 89-104 (2007).

Love for Sale: Marketing Gay Male P/leisure space in contemporary Cape Town, South Africa, Lise Nelson and Joni Seager (eds) Companion to Feminist Geography (Blackwell) 2005.

Masculinity, gay identity and Cape Town's Tourist Landscapes, Lahoucine Ouzgane and Robert Morrel (eds) African Masculinities, (Palgrave MacMillan/ University of Natal Press), 2005.

"Sexuality in Geography," (co-authored with Lawrence Knopp and Heidi Nast) in Gary Gaile and Cort Wilmott (eds) Geography at Dawn of the 21st Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2003.

"Malevolent traditions: Hostel violence and the procreational geography of apartheid", Journal of Southern African Studies 29(4), pp. 922-935 (2003).

"The South African Body Politic: Exploring the spatial links between racism and compulsory heterosexuality," in Steven Pile and Heidi Nast (eds) Places through the Body. New York: Routledge (1998). Pp. 153-164.

"Queerying" the Geography Classroom", Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 23(1), pp. 86-93 (1999).

"Race, Place and the Bounds of Humanity" (co-authored with Jennifer Wolch and Jody Emel), Society and Animals 6(2), pp. 183-200 (1998).

Reprinted as "Les practiques sauvages: Race, place, and the human-animal divide," (co-authored with Jennifer Wolch and Jody Emel) in Jennifer Wolch and Jody Emel (eds) Animal Geographies, New York: Verso. Pp. 72-90 (1998).

Reprinted as La pratiques sauvage: Race, place, and the human-animal divide," (co-authored with Jennifer Wolch and Jody Emel) in Michael J. Dear and Steven Flusty (eds) The Spaces of Postmodernity: Readings in Human Geography, Oxford: Blackwell. Pp. 431-441 (2001).

"A geographical analysis of the term white Kaffir through the writing of two South African Yiddish writers," Jewish Affairs 52: Spring, pp. 53-57 (1997).

"Rethinking the Geography of Migration in South Africa", African Urban Quarterly 11(1&2), pp. 22-28 (1996). Reprinted as "Rethinking the Geography of Women's Migration: Identity and Place-based Networks, " (co-authored with Colin Phurutse) in Joan Fairhurst, Ingrid Booysen, and Phillip Hattingh (eds) Migration and Gender: Place, Time and People Specific, South Africa: International Geographic Union Commission on Gender and Geography. Pp. 69-81 (1997).

"Of Moffies, Kaffirs, and Perverts: Male homosexuality and the discourse of moral order in the apartheid state," in David Bell and Gill Valentine (eds) Mapping Desire. London: Routledge (1995). Pp. 56-65.

"The gendered worlds of South African migrant labor", The Virginia Geographer 25, pp. 16-30 (1993).

"The grey dawn of South African residential integration", GeoJournal 22, pp. 57-65 (1990).

"Formalizing milk production in Johannesburg: The dissolution of the white petty milk producers, 1908-1920", Contree: Journal of South African Urban and Regional History 30, 81-110 (1990).


Judith Halberstam's In a Queer Time and Place: Transgendered Bodies, Subcultural Lives. Social and Cultural Geography 8(6), 2007.

Response to "Queer Patriarchies, Queer Racisms, Queer International. Antipode 34(5), 988-991, (2003).

Queer, space and queer space: A review. Professional Geographer 52(1), 155-158, (2000).

Reading between the spaces in George Chauncey's Gay New York, Society and Space 14, pp. 755-758 (1996).


The Geography of Africa

Political Geography

Graduate Seminar on Sexuality and Space


Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts; 1992-1995, Ph.D. (Geography).

Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts; 1990-1992, Master of Arts (Geography).

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Social Geography with distinction).

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; 1988, Higher Diploma in Education (Post Graduate), (Social Geography with distinction).

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; 1985-1987, Bachelor of Arts (Geography and English, with distinction).