Brittany Cook

  • PhD
  • Gender & Women's Studies
  • Geography
822 Patterson Office Tower
Other Affiliations:
  • University of Jordan
  • Center for Strategic Studies

MA in Geography, 2012, University of South Carolina

BA in Geography and Anthropology, 2009, University of Mary Washington


I am a PhD candidate interested in the effects of export-oriented agriculture on communities in Jordan. In particular, I am interested in how the development of projects such as fair trade and organic shape everyday social and political processes  and the regulation of territorial spaces.These ideas will be explored through my dissertation on the impacts of organic and other export-oriented olive oil production in Jordan. This research is currently funded by the Fulbright US Student Program, the American Center for Oriental Research, and the Society of Women Geographers.

In 2013, I conducted preliminary research during the olive harvest while I volunteered with an organization that uses public participatory GIS (PPGIS) as a strategy for mobilization and advocacy in Palestinian Jerusalemite communities. The mapping experience has allowed me to also explore issues related to governance, landscape, PPGIS, and open source technologies.

My MA thesis research examined how 1) seemingly disparate actors, places, and events (such as Israel-Turkey relations or protests by Palestinian Iraqi refugees in Cyprus) affect the discourse around the word "Palestinian" that is created within Cypriot political and social networks, and 2) the multiple meanings of "Palestinian" shape belonging and security for Palestinians of various migration/residency statuses (e.g. Cypriot citizen, resident, refugee) in Cyprus.

I am also interested in collaborative methodologies that challenge traditional roles of the researcher and the researched. As a part of this interest, I am also dedicated to developing Arabic language skills. With a FLAS scholarship, I studied Arabic in the intensive immersion summer APTLII program in Wisconsin, Madison, and I am dedicated to continuing to learn Arabic (colloquial and written) for the purpose of conducting research and publishing in the Arabic language in the future.

Selected Publications: 

Cook, Brittany. 2018. The Re-Aestheticization of Taste: Producing Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Jordan. Geoforum Forthcoming.

Cook Barrineau, Brittany. 2015. Decentering state categories: diaspora within a Palestinian geopolitical assemblage in Nicosia, Cyprus. Space and Polity 19(3): 244-255.

Crampton, Jeremy W., Jay Bowen, Daniel Cockayne, Brittany Cook, Malene Jacobson, Eric Nost, Lindsay Shade and Laura Sharp. 2013. Whose Geography? Which Publics?. Dialogues in Human Geography 3 (1): 73-76.

Cook, Brittany. 2013. Review of The Ashgate Research Companion to Critical Geopolitics, edited by Klaus Dodds, Merje Kuus, and Joanne Sharp. In Tijdschrift Voor Economische En Sociale Geografie 104(5): 633-634.


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