Jack Gieseking

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  • Associate Professor of Geography
  • Geography
  • New Maps Plus
  • New Mappings Collaboratory
  • Social Theory
805A Patterson Office Tower
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Ph.D. The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2013. Environmental Psychology.

M.A. Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University, 2004. Psychoanalysis & Religion.

B.A. Mount Holyoke College, 1999. Geography.


I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. I discovered geography in my undergrad cartographic studies at Mount Holyoke College--one of the few remaining geography programs in a liberal arts college--but was unsure how to pursue my desires to conduct research and write about lesbian and queer spaces. After a stint as a management consultant for corporate entertainment and telecomm corporations and then serving as poetry editor for a small, radical press, I attended seminary. My studies there introduced me to psychoanalysis and critical social psychology, which I was keen to connect to geography though the study of environmental psychology, or how people relate to and produce a sense of space and place, and how space and place relate to and define us. I conducted a postdoc in Digital and Computational Studies at Bowdoin College and was then Assistant Professor of Public Humanities at Trinity College in Hartford. I identify as a woman and use he/him/his pronouns.


I work at the intersections of critical urban and digital geographies, and feminist and queer theory. My research is engaged in research on co-productions of space and identity in digital and material environments, with a focus on sexual and gender identities. I pay special attention to how such productions support or inhibit social, spatial, and economic justice, as well as how research can be made public and accessible to those who need it most. My first book examines the production of lesbian and queer spaces in New York City as they relate to capital around the turn of the century, namely in regard to processes of gentrification and the ethos of what I call dyke politics, i.e. feminist antiracism and anticapitalism. How did lesbians and queers experience, survive, and sometimes thrive in a period of such rapid change in the 1980s through the 2000s, or what I call from AIDS to internationally syndicated show The L Word? Drawing on interviews and archival research, I argue that contemporary urban lesbians and queers often create and rely on fragmented places and fleeting experiences in those places. Like drawing lines between the stars that come and go in the sky, lesbians and queers are connected by overlapping, embodied paths and stories that culturally and politically bind them in their ways of making urban space. I call this pattern constellations. Accordingly, A Queer New York: Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers, 1983-2008 (NYU Press, 2020) is a historical geography of contemporary lesbian and queer politics, culture, and economies in New York City told through my participants’ distinct yet overlapping constellations. The fragmented and fleeting aspects are lesbians’ and queers’ ways of queering in the resilience to, reworking of, and/or resistance to heteronormative, homonormative, patriarchal, white supremacist, ableist, capitalist society. I relay these women’s and gender non-conforming people’s (gncp’s) roles in the production of urban space as it relates to capital in the form of constellations.

My recent work is going in a few directions. First, I am primarily interested in trans people's use of Tumblr as site of cultural production, sharing medical knowledge, and self-determination. I am collaborating with scholars in different fields to think through both the ethics and presentation of this work, and am presently planning a long-term participatory action research study with trans youth. I am also invested in using data visualizations to visualize those deemed invisible due to dominant histories, cultures, and economies, ranging from maps and graphs to social networks and text analyses to infographics. Finally, I am devoted to theorizing the meaning of private space. We spend much of our time in geography looking at public space and privacy, but what is private space in the world today, and in the past? As someone whose work examines the lives of women, transgender, and gender non-conforming people, the role of private space is primary and requires attention.

I am looking for students who share any variation of my interests and/or are similarly attached to the methodological and theoretical approaches that feed my own work.

I am a member of the New Mappings Collaboratory and the Committee on Social Theory.


Fall 2019: Mon 1.00pm-3.30pm (805A POT) & by appointment.

Selected Publications: 

All of my publications are open access and available for download at http://jgieseking.org/cv.

2020 (in press). Gieseking, J. A Queer New York: Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, & Queers, 1983-2008. NYU Press.
2014. Gieseking, J., W. Mangold, C. Katz, S. Low, & S. Saegert (eds.). The People, Place, and Space Reader. New York: Routledge.

2019. Gieseking, J., K. Batza, J. Auer, J. Capó, M. Springate, & S. Watson. A Roundtable Response to the U.S. LGBTQ Heritage Theme Study. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 25(3): 379-401.
2018. Gieseking, J. Where Are We?: Mapping with GIS in Digital Humanities. American Quarterly [special issue on Digital Humanities], 70(3).
2018. Gieseking, J. Messing with the Attractiveness Algorithm: a Response to Queering Code/Space. Gender, Place and Culture, 24(11): 1659-1665.
2018. Gieseking, J. Operating Anew: Queering GIScience on Behalf of Good Enough Software. Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe Canadien [special issue on Critical GIS / Speculative GIS], 62(1):55-66.
2018. Gieseking, J. Size Matters to Lesbians Too: Queer Feminist Interventions in the Scale of Big Data. Professional Geographer, 70(1): 150-156.
2017. Hawkins, B. and J. Gieseking. Seeking Ways to Our Transgender Bodies, By Ourselves: Rationalizing Transgender-Specific Health Information Behaviors. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 54(1): 702-704.
2015. Gieseking, J. Useful Instability: the Queer Social and Spatial Production of the Lesbian Herstory Archives. Radical History Review [Queering Archives: Intimate Tracing issue], 2015(122): 25-37.
2015. Gieseking, J. Crossing Over into Territories of the Body: Urban Territories, Borders, and Lesbian-Queer Bodies in New York City. Area, 48(3): 262-270.
2015. Gieseking, J. Urban Margins on the Move: Rethinking LGBTQ Inclusion by Queering the Place of the Gayborhood. Berliner Blätter – Ethnographische und ethnologische Beiträge, 68, 43-45.
2014. Gieseking, J. Notes from Queer(ing) New York: Refusing Binaries in Online Pedagogy. Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy, 1(5).
2013. Gieseking, J. Where We Go from Here: Mental Mapping Method and Its Analytic Components for Social Science Data Gathering. Qualitative Inquiry, 19(9): 712-724.
2011. Low, S.M., G.T. Donovan, & J. Gieseking. Shoestring Democracy: Gated Condominiums and Market Rate Co-ops in New York. Journal of Urban Affairs, 34(3): 279-296.
2010. Opotow, S., & J. Gieseking. Foreground and Background: Environment as Site and Social Issue. Journal of Social Issues [75th Anniversary issue], 67(1): 179-196.
2008. 283 Collective (Gieseking, J. - contributing author). What’s Just? Afterthoughts on the Summer Institute for the Geographies of Justice 2007. Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography, 40(5): 736-750.
2007. Gieseking, J. (Re)Constructing Women: Scaled Portrayals of Privilege and Gender Norms on Campus. Area, 39(3): 278-286.
2019 (in preparation). Gieseking, J. Digital Projects Review: The Transgender Archives. American Quarterly.
2020 (in preparation). Gieseking, J. Is This Liberation?: Lesbian-Queer Women as Gentrified / Gentrifiers in New York City, 1983-2008. Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

2018 (in press). Gieseking, J. The Geographies of LGBTQ Lives: In & Beyond Cities, Neighborhoods, and Bars. In K. Crawford-Lackey, M.E. Springate, eds. LGBTQ Community and Place. New York: Berghan Books.
2019 (in press). Gieseking, J. Lesbian Avengers; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center of New York City; and Lesbian Herstory Archives. A People’s Guide to New York City, eds. C. Munoz, P. Lewis, and E. Molina. University of California Press, A People’s Guide Series, eds. L. Barraclough, W. Cheng, & L. Pulido.
2016. Gieseking, J. Dyked New York: Opening Up a Typology of Urban LGBTQ Spaces through Lesbian-Queer Experience. In G. Brown and K. Browne, eds. The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities. New York: Routledge, 29-36.
2013. Gieseking, J. Queering the Meaning of “Neighborhood”: Reinterpreting the Lesbian-Queer Experience of Park Slope, Brooklyn, 1983-2008. In M. Addison & Y. Taylor, ed. Queer Presences and Absences. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 178-200.
2013. Low, S.M., G.T. Donovan, & J. Gieseking. Gates Not Walls as a Securitization Strategy: Gated Communities & Market Rate Co-operatives in New York. In M. Stephenson & L. Zanotti, eds. Building Walls & Dissolving Borders: The Challenges of Securitizing Space. London: Ashgate, 47-68.
2013. Gieseking, J. A Queer Geographer’s Life as an Introduction to Queer Theory, Space, and Time. In L. Lau, M. Arsanios, F. Zúñiga-González, M. Kryger, eds. Queer Geographies: Beirut, Copenhagen, and Tijuana. Roskilde, Denmark: Museet for Samtidskunst // Museum of Contemporary Art, 14-21.

2019. Gieseking, J. Review of Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability by Jack Halberstam. Antipode: Radical Journal of Geography. May 30. http://bit.ly/antipode-bkrevhalb. 
2016. Gieseking, J. Review of Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence by Christina Hanhardt. Gender, Place and Culture, 23(10): 1516-1518.
2016. Gieseking, J. Review of There Goes the Gayborhood? by Amin Ghaziani. Gender, Place and Culture, 23(8): 1221-1222.
2013. Gieseking, J. Review of Queer Methods and Methodologies by K. Browne, & C.J. Nash, eds, and Queer Spiritual Spaces by K. Browne, S.R. Munt, & A.K.T. Yip, eds. AAG Review of Books, 1(2): 60-62.

2017. Gieseking, J. Geographical Imagination. In International Encyclopedia of Geography (eds. D. Richardson, et al.). New York: Wiley-Blackwell & the AAG.
2014. Gieseking, J. Environmental Psychology. In Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology (eds. T. Teo, M. Barnes, Z. Gao, M. Kaiser, R. Shivali, & B. Zabinski). New York, NY: Springer, 587-593.
2008. Gieseking, J. Queer Theory. In Encyclopedia of Social Problems (eds. V.N. Parrillo, M. Andersen, J. Best, W. Kornblum, C.M. Renzetti, & M. Romero). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 737-738.

2019. Gieseking, J., and E. Clancy. “Book Review Symposium – Queer Geographies.” Antipode: Radical Journal of Geography. May 30. http://bit.ly/antipode-qbkrevs.
2019 (under review). Cockayne, D., J. Gieseking, & J. Lingel. Special issue of First Monday: “Queer Internet Studies.” Including contributions from T.L. Cowan, M. Fischer, O. Haimson, L. Henderson, S. McGlotten, J. Rault, C. Rios, K. Sender, A. Shaw, and M. Thakor. http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/issue/view/602.

2019. Slatton, B., & C. Brady. “Scholar Spotlight: Jen Jack Gieseking.” Women and Inequality in the 21st Century. New York: Routledge.
2016. Gieseking, J. We Never Left Laramie: White LGBTQ Consciousness Post-Election 2016. The Sociological Review, Special Issue on the U.S. Election. http://bit.ly/jg-laramie.
2016. Gieseking, J. LGBTQ Spaces and Places. LGBTQ Heritage Initiative Theme Study. National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. http://bit.ly/nps-lgbtq-sppl.
2014. Gieseking, J. “On the Closing of the Last Lesbian Bar in San Francisco: What the Demise of the Lex Tells Us About Gentrification,” Huffington Post Gay Voices, Op-Ed. October 28, 2014. http://bit.ly/JJGHG_TheLex.

2019. Gieseking, J. “A Queen New York (A Queer New York Companion Research, Teaching, & Public History Site).” http://jgieseking.org/AQNY/AQNYmap/index.html.