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Emily Blackard Frazier

Emily successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in August 2019 and is currently on the job market.



  • Cultural and political geography, international migration and forced displacement, refugee studies, refuge, home and belonging
  • Qualitative research methodologies, feminist geographic methodologies, participatory research, visual methods




Educational background:

  • PhD Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, December 2019
  • B.A. International Studies and Cultural Affairs, minors Geography, Spanish, History & Political Science, and Religious Studies, 2015

Courses Taught:

  • GEOG 4983 Seminar: Geography of Religion, Arkansas Tech University (Spring 2020)
  • GEOG 2013 Regional Geography of the World, Arkansas Tech University (Spring 2020)
  • GEOG 101 World Regional Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Fall 2018, Spring 2019)
  • GEOG 494 (Advisor) Undergraduate Research Experience (Fall 2018)
  • GEOG 131 (Lab Instructor) Weather, Climate and Climate Change, University of Tennessee, Knoxville



Refereed Journal Articles
  • Frazier, E. (2020). When fieldwork “fails”: Participatory visual methods and fieldwork encounters with resettled refugees. Geographical Review (Special Issue: Fieldwork in the 21st Century) 110(1-2): 133 – 144.
  • Chen, X., Zhao, B., & Blackard, E. (2015). Unveiling perceptions of food safety scandals in China: An exploratory study with search engine. Global Media Journal, Fall Special Issue: Use of Social Media and Media Coverage. 
Book Reviews
  • Frazier, E. (2019). Review of Navigating Ethnicity: Segregation, Placemaking and Difference by David H. Kaplan. Journal of Cultural Geography 36(1): 114-115.
  • Frazier, E. (2017). Review of Immigration and the City by Eric Fong and Brent Berry. Growth and Change 48(3): 439 – 495.
  • Frazier, E. (2017). Review of Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine by Catherine Besteman. African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review 7(2): 122 – 126.
Manuscripts in Submission
  • Frazier, E. Submitted Nov 2019. Revising to resubmit April 2020. Understanding ‘faith’ in faith-based organizations: Volunteerism as religious practice in U.S. refugee resettlement. Social and Cultural Geography.
  • Frazier, E. and Micheline van Riemsdijk. Submitted Nov 2019. When ‘self-sufficiency’ is not sufficient: Refugee integration discourses of U.S. resettlement actors and the offer of refuge. Journal of Refugee Studies.
Encyclopedia Entries in Submission
  • Frazier, E. “Immigration Bans.” Modern Global Migration: An Encyclopedia of People on the Move, ABC-CLIO (edited by Cynthia Pope), Volume 1.
  • Frazier, E. “Integration.” Modern Global Migration: An Encyclopedia of People on the Move, ABC-CLIO (edited by Cynthia Pope), Volume 1.
  • Frazier, E. “Nativism.” Modern Global Migration: An Encyclopedia of People on the Move, ABC-CLIO (edited by Cynthia Pope), Volume 1.


The University of Tennessee

  • 2018 – 19. Chancellor’s Fellowship.
  • 2018. Stewart K. McCroskey Memorial Fund Research Grant.
  • 2017-18. Graduate School Fellowship, Mary Phipps Shepherd Fund.
  • 2017-18. Chancellor’s Fellowship.
  • 2017. Center for Forced Migration Studies at Northwestern University, Summer Institute Scholarship (declined).
  • 2017. Stewart K. McCroskey Memorial Fund Research Grant.
  • 2017. Best Student Paper Award Competition, Population Specialty Group, AAG.
  • 2016-7. Graduate School Fellowship, Shipley-Swann Fund.
  • 2016-17. Chancellor’s Fellowship.

Arkansas Tech University

  • 2015. Margaret Young Outstanding Senior Female Award (one out of 1,243 graduates).
  • 2015. Student Development Fund Grant (funded research and travel to AAG 2015).
  • 2012 – 2015. Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship, Arkansas Department of Higher Education .
  • 2012 – 2015. Arkansas Tech Distinguished Scholar.
  • 2012. National Merit Commended Scholar, National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Contact Information


Emily is currently on the job market.