Larry Knopp, Ph.D

Professor ; Graduate Faculty

Specialty: Gender, Sexuality & Space, Political Geography, Cultural Geography, North America

Knopp, Larry

Contact information

Dept: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Room: CP 330
Phone: 253-692-4455
Email: knoppl@u.washington.edu
Schedule: Winter 2014 office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. - 5: p.m.

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Iowa, 1989.
  • M.A., Geography, University of Iowa, 1986.
  • B.A., University of Washington, 1983.

Biography

I am a geographer by training whose interests are fundamentally interdisciplinary. My research concerns questions of power and place, especially as they pertain to issues of sexuality, gender, class, and other axes of difference. I also study feminist and queer theories; the theory, politics and practice of mapping queer populations and cultures; the politics of sexual health; and North American cultural and political geographies. I teach courses and advise students on both the Tacoma and Seattle campuses of the University. Currently these include courses undergraduate courses on on gender and space, urban geography, and a graduate seminar on rural and non-metropolitan critical place studies.

Research

Although I am a geographer by training, my interests are fundamentally interdisciplinary and cross many of geography's subfields. They have tended to coalesce around questions of power and place, especially as they relate to sexuality, gender, class, and other axes of difference. I have explored links in the U.S., U.K., and Australia between urban land, housing and labor markets, regional economic change and the construction of place based gay identities, communities and political movements. I have also studied cultural transformations and conflicts associated with these processes. In addition, I have written about the theoretical connections between feminist and queer geographies; the theory, politics and practice of mapping queer populations and cultures; and the politics of sexual health in post-War/pre-AIDS Seattle (the latter two as part of an ongoing, more than decade-long collaboration with UW Professor of Geography Michael Brown, currently funded by the National Science Foundation). Finally, I have a long-standing interest in North American cultural and political geographies, especially as they relate to local political cultures, cultural politics, and electoral geography. My cultural and electoral geography work includes published collaborations and conference presentations with UW Professor Emeritus of Geography Richard Morrill, Professor Brown, and various graduate and undergraduate students.

Teaching

Currently I teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students on both the Tacoma and Seattle campuses, with a primary appointment in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS) at UW Tacoma and Adjunct appointments in Geography and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at UW Seattle. My teaching is in IAS at UW Tacoma, Geography at UW Seattle, and the Masters and PhD programs in Geography at UW-Seattle. I currently advise and/or sit on committees of graduate students in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program in IAS at UW Tacoma, the MA and PhD programs in Geography at UW Seattle, and the PhD program in History at UW Seattle. I have also chaired and/or served on graduate committees of students in the MA and PhD programs in Geography at the University of Minnesota, the the University of Texas-Austin and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the PhD program in Political Science at the University of Minnesota, the Interdisciplinary PhD program at the Union Institute (Cincinnati, OH), and the Master of Liberal Studies program at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Finally, I have served as an external examiner of theses for PhD students at the University of New South Wales and Monash University (both in Australia).

Selected Publications

  • Brown, Michael, Stefano Bettani, Larry Knopp, and Andrew Childs (forthcoming), The Gay Bar as a Place of Mens Caring. In Gorman-Murray, Andrew and Peter Hopkins (eds.), Masculinities and Place. Farnham, Surrey, U.K.:Ashgate.
  • Brown, Michael and Larry Knopp (2011), Queering the Map: The Productive Tensions of Colliding Epistemologies. In M. Dodge, R. Kitchin and C. Perkins (editors), The Map Reader: Theories of Mapping Practice and Cartographic Representation, pp. 456-453. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. (Edited and reprinted from Annals of the Association of American Geographers 98, 2008.)
  • Morrill, Richard, Larry Knopp, and Michael Brown (2011), Red, Blue and Changing Too: Towards an Understanding of Trends in Anomalous-voting Counties Between the 2004 and 2008 Presidential Elections. Political Geography 30:153-168.
  • Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project (2010), Queer Twin Cities. University of Minnesota Press (one of three contracted editors, with Kevin P. Murphy and Jennifer L. Pierce).
  • Brown, Michael and Larry Knopp (2010), Between Anatamo- and Bio-Politics: Geographies of Sexual Health in Wartime Seattle. Political Geography 29:392-403.
  • Brown, Michael and Larry Knopp (2008), Queering the Map: The Productive Tensions of Colliding Epistemologies. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 98:40-58.
  • Knopp, Lawrence (2008), Gentrification and Gay Neighborhood Formation in New Orleans: A Case Study. In J. Jacobsen and A. Zeller (editors), Queer Economics: A Reader, pp. 353-373. London and New York:Routledge. (Reprinted from A. Gluckman and B. Reed (editors), Homo Economics: Capitalism, Community and Lesbian and Gay Life, 1997).
  • Knopp, Larry (2007), From Gay and Lesbian to Queer Geographies: Pasts, Prospects, and Possibilities. In G. Brown, K. Browne, and J. Lim (eds.) Geographies of Sexualities, pp. 21-28. London: Ashgate.
  • Knopp, Larry (2007), On the Relationship Between Queer and Feminist Geographies. Professional Geographer 59:47-55.
  • Brown, Michael and Larry Knopp, (2006), Places or Polygons? Governmentality, Sexuality and Scale in The Gay and Lesbian Atlas. Population, Space, and Place 12:223-242.
  • Knopp, Lawrence (2004), Ontologies of Place, Placelessness, and Movement: Queer Quests for Identity and Their Impact on Contemporary Geographic Thought. Gender, Place and Culture 11:121-134.

Affiliations

  • Association of American Geographers
  • Association of Pacific Coast Geographers
  • Northwest Lesbian and Gay History Museum Project
  • Queering the Museum Project
  • Tacoma Rainbow Center
  • Museum of History and Industry

Professional Service

  • Editorial Board, Political Geography
  • Member, Queer Studies Graduate Certificate Governing Board, University of Washington
  • Reviewer for multiple academic journals
  • Steering Committee, Northwest Lesbian and Gay History Museum Project
  • Community Advisory Board, "Revealing Queer", exhibit project of Queering the Museum Project for Museum of History and Industry
  • Former Book Review Editor, Gender, Place and Culture
  • Founding Member, Editorial Board, Gender, Place and Culture
  • Former Trustee, Museum of Glass
  • Former Editorial Advisory Board Member, Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation (book series), University of Georgia Press
  • Former Editorial Board Member, The Professional Geographer

Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation Research Award (with Professor Michael P. Brown): "Biopolitical Geographies: Urban Governmentalities in Local-State Relations with a Marginalized Population, 2011-15. ($250,000).
  • Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award, University of Minnesota-Duluth, 2005-2006.
  • ARCUS Endowment Award, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley, 2003 (with Dr. Michael P. Brown, on behalf of Northwest Lesbian & Gay History Museum Project).
  • Martin Duberman Fellowship, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New York, 1999-2000.
  • McKnight-Land Grant Professorship, McKnight Foundation and University of Minnesota: "The Spatial Constitution of Gay Identities and Communities in Australia and Great Britain", 1992-94.
  • Award for Significant achievement in, and contributions to, the study of Geography and Sexuality. Awarded by Sexuality and Space Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, Boston, March 28, 1998.