Associate Professor

My ongoing interest is in interdisciplinary teaching and research on issues of culture, space and power.I am in particular fascinated by the ways in which people and landscapes transform each other.  The primary focus of my work over the past decade has been on migration, transnationalism, diasporas, and diverse environments.  This has afforded me the opportunity to explore a range of different topics, regions, and time frames through the course of my investigations.  Some of my earlier work focused on environmental advocacy and grassroots social justice struggles against dams and logging in both India and Canada and I continue to be inspired by activist struggles and the strength and challenge of resistance movements across the globe.  I am also part of an ongoing multi-site, multi-year study of economic as well as other forms of development and population displacement which has resulted in several publications including the co-authored Displacement by Development: Ethics, Rights and Responsibilities (Cambridge University Press, 2011).


Spring 2020 Syllabi:


  • Bose, Pablo S. and Lunstrum, Elizabeth. 2019 “What Constitutes Environmental Displacement? Challenges and Opportunities of Exploring Connections Across Thematically Diverse Areas” in Susan McGrath and Julie Young (eds.) The Refugee Research Network, 23-252.  Calgary: University of Calgary Press.
  • Bose, Pablo S. 2019. “US Policies and Migration Crises” in Cecilia Menjivar, Marie Ruiz, and Immanuel Ness (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Migration Crises, 553-569. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Bose, Pablo S. 2019. “Kolkata” In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies, A.M. Orum (Ed.), doi:10.1002/9781118568446.eurs0172
  • Emily Skop, Pablo Bose, Jason Hackworth & David H. Kaplan. 2019. “Navigating Ethnicity: Segregation, Placemaking, and Difference,” The AAG Review of Books, 7:1, 68-76.
  • Bose, Pablo S. 2018. “Welcome and hope, fear and loathing: the politics of refugee resettlement in Vermont” Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 24(3): 320-329.
  • Bose, Pablo S. 2018. “Indian Diasporas and the creation of subnational identities” in Guntram Herb and David Kaplan (eds.) Scaling Identities, 255-270. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Bose, Pablo S. 2018. “New refugees and internally displaced persons” in Pedro Carvalho, David Arase and Scarlett Cornellissen (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Asia-Africa Relations, 457-471. New York: Routledge.
  • Bose, Pablo S. 2016. “Challenging homogeneity: refugees in a changing Vermont” in Morgan Poteet and Shiva Nourpanah (eds.) After the flight: the dynamics of refugee settlement and integration, 228-253. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Lunstrum, Elisabeth, Bose, Pablo S. and Zalik, Anna. 2016. “Environmental displacement: the common ground of climate change, extraction and conservation.” Area, 48(2): 130-133.
  • Bose, Pablo S. 2016. “Vulnerabilities and displacements: adaptation and mitigation to climate change as a new development mantra” Area, 48(2): 168-175.
  • Bose, Pablo S. 2015. Urban development in India: Global Indians in the remaking of Kolkata. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Bose, Pablo S. 2015. “New Vermonters and Perspectives on Vermont Migration” Northeastern Geographer, 7(2015): 89-101.
  • Bose, Pablo S. 2014. “Refugees in Vermont: mobility and acculturation in a new immigrant destination.” Journal of Transport Geography 36(2014): 151-159
  • Bose, Pablo S. 2014. “Living the Way the World Does: Global Indians and the Reshaping of Kolkata” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 104(2): 391-400.
  • Bose, Pablo S. 2013. “Bourgeois Environmentalism, Leftist Development, and Neoliberal Urbanism in the City of Joy” Tony Samara (ed), Locating right to the city in the Global South, 127-151. New York: Routledge.
  • Rutherford, Stephanie, and Pablo S. Bose. 2013. “Biopower and play: bodies, spaces and nature in Digital Games” Aether: The Journal of Media Geography, XII (2013).
  • Bose, Pablo S. 2013. “Building Sustainable Communities: Immigrants, Acculturation and Mobility in Vermont” Research in Transportation Business and Management, 7 (2013): 81-90.
  • Bose, Pablo S. 2013. “Technofetishism and Online Education: Globalizing Geography Education Through Virtual Worlds” Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 37(3): 1-12.
  • Penz, Peter G., Jay Drydyk and Pablo S. Bose. 2011. Displacement by Development: Ethics, Rights and Responsibilities. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bose, Pablo S. 2020. Refugees in new destinations and small cities: Resettlement in Vermont. London: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Bose, Pablo S. 2020. “Refugee research in the shadow of fear” GeoJournal.‐020‐10342‐w
  • Bose, Pablo S. 2020. “Refugees and the transforming landscapes of small cities in the US” Urban Geography
  • Bose, Pablo S. 2020. “The shifting landscape of international resettlement: Canada, the US and Syrian refugees” Geopolitics
  • Bose, Pablo S. 2019. Review Essay, “Other Cities: Mythology, memory and mimesis in secondary cities in South Asia” Journal of Asian Studies 78(3) 691‐696.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Refugee resettlement in non-traditional destinations, food and migration, environmental displacement, kolkata and Globalization, technology, education and representation. 


  • Ph.D. York University (2006)


  • 802-656-5717
Office Location:

Old Mill 209

Office Hours:

Spring 2022: Mondays 1:00-2:00 pm Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 pm Fridays by appointment

Courses Taught

GEOG 060 – D1:Geography/Race&Ethnic in US

Understanding the geography of race and ethnicity in the US is more than simply knowing why we can visit a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco, a Polish deli in Chicago, or an Italian café in New York City. While it is important to understand the locations of different social groups, it is about more than simply making a list of people and places. The geography of race and ethnicity in the US means engaging with important questions about the links between space, place and power. Examining such questions helps us to understand the shape of the world we live in today, both by looking at the past and at the present. How do we conceive of Los Angeles, San Antonio, or San Francisco as American cities without first understanding the historical conflicts between the US and Mexico? Can we understand why most Italian-Americans left Mulberry Street, NYC for the majority-white suburbs without understanding the development of highways and postwar housing? How have the legacies of colonialism, slavery, and segregation left their imprints on the urban and rural landscapes that surround us today?

GEOG 151 – D2: Geography of India

The Indian subcontinent is a diverse, fascinating and culturally complex region, home to well over a billion people, multiple countries, and several major religions. This course will introduce you to the lay of the land, its people, and its politics. Using the frame of geopolitics, we will examine the relationship between space, place and power during several distinct periods in India’s history – including the classical, medieval, colonial, and modern era. Our focus will be on several important themes including colonialism and its legacies, the politics of religion, formation of the postcolonial nation-state and importance of development, and the significance of globalization and regional relationships for 21st century India.

GEOG 272 – Adv Top: Space, Power, Identity

The focus in this class is on various forms of mobility – as embodied experience, as geopolitical and historical phenomenon, as constitutive of identity within and across borders, and as a central facet of a globalized world. Using the key geographical concepts of “mobility”, “migration”, and “transnationalism” we will explore the various ways in which people, capital, labour, ideas, and culture are in movement across the globe. Our examination will range from transport to tourism, from theories of stillness to ideas of nomadism, from understandings of nationalism to contestations over identity and much more besides. Using examples from different regions and disciplines we the course will look at how landscapes of memory, tradition, belonging, home and unfamiliarity construct and challenge the cultural politics of place.