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Alec Brownlow

  • Associate Professor and Chair
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Ph.D.​​​

  • Geography and GIS; Sustainable Urban Development
  • Faculty
  • (773) 325-7876
  • 990 West Fullerton, 4th floor, #4510 
    Chicago, IL 60614 ​​

Ph.D., Clark University
M.A., Clark University
M.E.S., Yale University
B.A., University of North Carolina, Wilmington​

My research explores a variety of political and social geographies of fear, safety, and security in the urban landscape. My current interests involve the discursive and geopolitical significance of sacrificial rhetoric in modernity, especially as embedded and reflected within the concept of the ‘sacrifice zone.’​

Courses Offered:
GEO 200 Sustainable Cities
GEO 205 Justice, Inequity & the Urban Environment
GEO 210 Environmental Conservation
GEO 260 Globalization & Resources
GEO 269 Political Ecology
GEO 300 Geographical Inquiry (Senior Capstone)

Selected Publications:

Brownlow, A. 2018. The uneven geographies of America's 'hidden rape crisis': a district-level analysis of under-policing in St. Louis. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 108:411-423.

​​Brownlow, A. 2012. Co-opting restoration: women, voluntarism, and insurgent performance in Philadelphia, In: S. Dooling & G. Simon (eds.) Cities, Nature and Development: the Politics and Production of Urban Vulnerabilities. Sage, pp. 145-164.

Brownlow, A. 2011. Between rights and responsibilities: insurgent performance in an invisible landscape. Environment & Planning A 43:1268-1286.

Brownlow, A. 2009. Keeping up appearances: profiting from patriarchy in the nation’s 'safest city'.Urban Studies 48(6):1681-1702.

Brownlow, A. 2006. An archaeology of fear and environmental change in Philadelphia. Geoforum37:227-245.

Brownlow, A. 2006. Inherited fragmentations and narratives of environmental control in entrepreneurial Philadelphia, In: N. Heynen, M. Kaika, & E. Swyngedouw (eds.) In the Nature of Cities: Urban Political Ecology and the Politics of Urban Metabolism. Routledge, New York. Pp 208-225.

Brownlow, A. 2005. A geography of men’s fear. Geoforum 36:581-592.

Brownlow, A. 2000. A wolf in the garden: Ideology and change in the Adirondack landscape, In: C. Philo and C. Wilbert (eds.). Animal Spaces, Beastly Places. Routledge Press, New York. Pp. 141-158.