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I am an assistant professor of geography in the Department of Social Sciences and History at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham Campus. My current book project, entitled Wartime Apprehensions: Technologies of Control Between Capture and the Camp, explores the geographical and technological practices that shaped the space between battlefield encounters, bodily apprehensions, and the walls of the US-managed prisoner of war camps. The book details the historical and technological transformations of a dynamic logistical space that has confounded US military planners, frightened and endangered captives and soldiers, and remained largely invisible in the historical record. My work has recently been published in Environment & Planning A and Algorithmic Life: Calculative Devices in the Age of Big Data (edited by Louise Amoore and Volha Piotukh, Routledge 2016).


2013 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Ph.D., Geography


2007 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Master of Arts, Geography


2000 Syracuse University
Bachelor of Architecture (cum laude)



Other Publications

2015 “Capturing Humanitarian War: The Collusion of Violence and Care in US-Managed Military Detention,” Environment & Planning A, Vol. 47 (11) p. 2276-2291.


2015 “Capture at the Speed of Bandwidth: Digital Biometric Encounters in the Everywhere War,” in Algorithmic Life: Calculative Devices in the Age of Big Data, Eds. Louise Amoore and Volha Piotukh}


2007 Robert W. Lake, Kathe Newman, Philip Ashton, Richard Nisa, and Bradley Wilson, Civic Engagement in Camden, New Jersey: A Baseline Portrait, MDRC and the Ford Foundation, New York, NY.

Blog Posts


    Mapping Adjunct Pay: An exploration of the relationships between state minimum wages, university endowments, and the wages for contingent/precarious academic labor.


    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    Meeting: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, April 5-9, 2017.

    • Paper Session: Geography, War, and the Human Science, April 5 @ 2:40
    • Paper Title: “Laboratories of Enemy Behavior: Cold War Social Science and the Korean War Prison” 
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    • Roundtable Organizer and Discussant: The Contours of Pacification and Public Safety , April 7 @ 10:00
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    • American Association of Geographers
    • American Studies Association
    • International Studies Association

    Richard Nisa

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