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Jacob Watkins

Specialties: migration, conflict, geopolitics, East Asia, and the Middle East

Jake Watkins is a human geographer focused on geopolitics, migration, and conflict. His graduate research focused on rural-to-urban migrations in China where Jake worked with Shanghai Normal University to evaluate quality of life changes for internal migrants moving into Shanghai. More recently he has focused on conflict migrations and the geopolitical causes of uprooting.

Jake seeks to examine how policy and intervention have created the largest migration stream in human history. His courses generally evaluate sustainability in migration, the roles of capital and coercion in creating conflict, and how our ever changing demographics can be embraced in a just way.

Courses I teach:

  • Geography 101: World Regional Geography
  • Geography 320: Cultural Geography
  • Geography 344: Population Geography
  • Geography 361: Regional Dynamics of the U.S. and Canada
  • Geography 374: Emerging Landscapes of East Asia

Contact Information

Jacob Watkins
Department of Geography
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-0925