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Dr. Neil Conner

Specialties: Cultural and Political Geography; Geographic Education; Nationalism; Religion; Europe; and Sports
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ConnerNeil Conner’s primary research agenda has focused on the social integration of migrants living in Dublin, Ireland and the contested notions of identity related to this process – specifically ethno-racial, religious, and national identities, and their multiple intersections. Examining these political and cultural intersections contributes to larger geographic literatures including: the geographies of inclusion and exclusion; collective identity construction; community – both real and imagined; sense of belonging; and, small-scale human territoriality.

Contact Information

Dr. Neil Conner
Ph.D., University of Tennessee
302 Burchfiel Geography Bldg.
Knoxville, TN 37996-0925
Phone: (865) 974-0753

From 2004-2009, Neil taught social studies at Bayside High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia and this experience has directly led to his interest in geographic education. He has conducted research and published multiple articles with Dr. Ron Kalafsky pertaining to the use of the AAG Center of Global Geographic Education online case studies/modules ( in introductory-level geography courses. This research specifically examines instructional strategies concerning the dynamics of globalization and the vulnerability of international supply chains to natural disasters.

Neil’s strengths and experience as an educator have been acknowledged by several awards: the 2015 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges & Universities (, the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Graduate Student Teacher of the Year at the University of Tennessee (, and a Geography Department Teaching Award in 2013.

Neil is also the founder and administrator of the Geography of Sports Facebook page ( and along with a team of three editors, they coordinate to disseminate articles and commentaries that draw specific attention to the ever-present geographic relationships found in the world of sports. Neil has published on sports-related topics ( and has also created an extensive entry on the “Geography of Sports” for Oxford Bibliographies (

Courses taught at the University of Tennessee:

Geography 101: World Geography
Geography 121: Human Geography: People and Places
Geography 371: Geography of Europe
Geography 423: Geography of American Popular Culture