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Guntram Herb

Professor of Geography

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Course List: 

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GEOG 0100 - Place And Society      

Place and Society: Local to Global
This course is an introduction to how geographers view the world and contribute to our understanding of it. Where do the phenomena of human experience occur? Why are they there? What is the significance? These questions are fundamental for explaining the world at different scales from the global to the local. Throughout, we will focus on the spatial basis of society, its continual reorganization through time, and how various human and environmental problems can be usefully analyzed from a geographic perspective. (Open only to first-year students and sophomores) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab DED SOC

Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

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GEOG 0202 - Border Geographies      

Border Geographies
We live in an age of intense globalization with near instantaneous transfers of information and unprecedented movements of goods and people across the world. At the same time, there are more walls constructed between countries today than ever before. How do we explain this paradox of increasingly restrictive borders in an age of globalizing flows? In this course we will trace the history of political borders, critically evaluate theories in the scholarly literature about borders and flows, and investigate strategies, experiences, and imaginaries that produce different border-scapes and representations. Students will be actively engaged in unraveling the paradox of walls and flows through group research projects on specific border regimes around the world. 3 hrs. lect. CMP HIS SOC

Fall 2019, Fall 2020

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GEOG 0223 - Geopolitics of Europe      

Geopolitics of Europe
The course examines what is arguably the most influential region in the world from a geographic perspective. First, we will chart the complex geopolitical dimensions of Europe in an attempt to understand what unites this highly differentiated region. Next, we will critically evaluate the main European political body, the European Union. Then we will analyze the political, social, economic, and environmental challenges that threaten to destabilize Europe. Finally, we will try to assess the degree to which political power in Europe has acquired a "European" dimension at the grassroots level by investigating political activism across borders of individual countries. Students will be actively involved in this study through a research project that culminates in a conference on the Future of Europe at the end of the semester. 3 hrs. lect. EUR SOC

Spring 2021

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GEOG 0414 - Seminar in Political Geography      

Seminar in Political Geography: Radical Geographies
Geography has always been associated with the exercise of power and came into being as an academic discipline because it supported imperialism, nationalism, and war. However, the field of geography also has a lesser-known emancipatory tradition that emphasizes social justice, empowerment, and resistance to oppression. Early radical voices—anarchists, socialists, and pacifists—were silenced and often forced into exile. It was only in the context of the protest culture of the 1960s that radical geographies started to find an audience. In this seminar we will examine how geography and geographers have engaged in revolutionary activism, education for justice, social mobilization, and theorizations of alternative models of society. (Open to senior majors only; others by waiver) 3 hrs. sem.

Spring 2018, Spring 2020

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GEOG 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
A one-credit intensive research project developed under the direction of a faculty member. Junior majors only. (Approval Required)

Winter 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021

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GEOG 0700 - Senior Research      

Senior Research
A one-credit intensive research project developed under the direction of a faculty member. Senior majors only. (Approval Required)

Winter 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021

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GEOG 0701 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
Students with a departmental GPA of 3.3 or higher are eligible to complete a two-credit senior thesis. In order to complete a senior thesis, students must have a proposal approved by a primary thesis advisor and a secondary departmental reader prior to registering for the first 0701 credit. Upon completion of the thesis, thesis students will present their work in a public seminar and defend the thesis in front of the departmental faculty. Thesis presentations and defenses will typically take place during the final week of classes or the examination period. Upon completion of the presentation and defense, the primary advisor and secondary departmental reader will be responsible for evaluating and grading the thesis. It is strongly encouraged that students considering a thesis discuss their ideas with an advisor during the semester prior to registering for formal thesis credits. (Approval only)

Winter 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021

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IGST 0101 - Intro to Intl & Global Studies      

Introduction to International and Global Studies
This is the core course of the International and Global Studies major. It is an introduction to key international issues and problems that will likely feature prominently in their courses at Middlebury and study abroad. Issues covered will differ from year to year, but they may include war, globalization, immigration, racism, imperialism, nationalism, world organizations, non-governmental organizations, the European Union, the rise of East Asia, politics and society in Latin America, and anti-Americanism. 3 hrs. lect./disc. CMP

Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019

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IGST 0701 - REES Senior Thesis      

Russian and East European Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Winter 2017, Winter 2018, Winter 2019, Winter 2020

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IGST 0702 - EUS Senior Thesis      

European Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021

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Research Areas

Nationalism and territoriality 
German identity 
Indigenous Borderlands 
Maps and propaganda 
History of geography


Vordiplom, Diplom, Eberhard-Karls-Universitat, Tubingen, Germany

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

Selected Publications

Digital Research

Books and edited volumes

Herb, Guntram and David H. Kaplan, eds. 2017. Scaling Identities: Nationalism and Territoriality, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Herb, Guntram, David H. Kaplan, and Mark Monmonier, eds. 2009. Cambridge World Atlas, Cambridge University Press.

Herb, Guntram and David H. Kaplan, eds. 2008.  Nations and Nationalism: A Global Historical Overview (4 vols).  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio.

Herb, Guntram, David H. Kaplan, and Mark Monmonier, eds. 2007. Perthes World Atlas. Gotha, Germany: Klett-Perthes Verlag.

Herb, Guntram and David H. Kaplan, eds. 1999. Nested Identities: Nationalism, Territory, and Scale. Lanham,MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Herb, Guntram. 1997. Under the Map of Germany: Nationalism and Propaganda 1918-1945. London: Routledge.


Articles and book chapters

Herb, Guntram. “Persuasive Cartography: Maps, Power, and Politics. In Routledge Handbook of Mapping and Cartography, ed. A. Kent and P. Vojakovic, London: Routledge, ch. 34 (forthcoming).

Herb, Guntram. “Geopolitics and Cartography.” In The History of Cartography, Vol. 6 (Cartography in the Twentieth Century), ed. Mark Monmonier. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015: 539-48.

Herb, Guntram. “Das größte Deutschland soll es sein! Suggestive Karten in der Weimarer Republik,” in: Kampf der Karten. Propaganda- und Geschichtskarten als politische Instrumente und Identitätstexte, ed. Peter Haslinger andVadim Oswalt, Marburg 2012, S. 140-151.

Herb, Guntram.  "How Geography Shapes National Identities." (with David H. Kaplan). National Identities 13 (2011): 349-360.

Herb, Guntram.  "Fostering learning through problem-based collaboration" in: "Interventions in teaching political geography in the USA," (multi-authored forum). Political Geography 29 (2010): 196-199.

Herb, Guntram, forthcoming. Geopolitics and Cartography. In The History of Cartography, Vol. 6 (Cartography in the Twentieth Century), ed. Mark Monmonier. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Herb, Guntram, 2009. Intervention: Mapping is Critical. (Guest editor and contributor to multi-authored forum). Political Geography 28 (2009): 332-342.

Herb, Guntram. 2008. The politics of political geography. In The Sage Handbook of Political Geography, ed. Kevin Cox, Murray Low, and Jennifer Robinson., 21-40. London: Sage.

Herb, Guntram. 2005. Von der Grenzrevision zur Expansion: Territorialkonzepte in der Weimarer Republik. In Welt-Räume: Geschichte, Geographie und Globalisierung seit 1900, eds. Iris Schröder und Sabine Höhler, 175-203. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag.

Herb, Guntram. 2005. The Geography of Peace Movements. In The Geography of War and Peace, ed. Colin Flint, 347-368. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Herb, Guntram. 2004. Double Vision: Territorial Strategies in the Construction of National Identities in Germany 1949-1979Annals of the Association of American Geographers 94.1: 140-164.

Recent Fellowships and Grants

Digital Native American and Indigenous Studies Workshop, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, May 16-18, 2017

Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship for Higher Education of Present and Prospective Teachers, summer 2017

Digital Liberal Arts Sabbatical Faculty Fellowship, Middlebury College, fall semester 2016

NEH Fellowship, Summer Institute “On Native Grounds”.  Washington, DC, June-July 2015

Visiting Scholar, Institut Français de Géopolitique, Université de Paris VIII, January-June 2011.

Fulbright Research Grant, Paris, France, January-June 2011.

Department of Geography

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