Prof Gerry Kearns

Geography

Professor

Rhetoric House
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(01) 7086153

Biography

I gained a PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge. My work is at the intersection of historical, political and medical themes in Geography. My 2009 book, Geopolitics and Empire, won the Murchison Award from the Royal Geographical Society as the most significant contribution to geographical scholarship that year. I am currently working on the cultural politics of AIDS for a book to be called Making Space for AIDS. Distinguished Historical Geographer at the Association of American Geographers Conference, 2015.

Books

  Year Publication
2014 Spatial justice and the Irish crisis.
Kearns, G., David Meredith and John Morrissey (eds) (2014) Spatial justice and the Irish crisis. : Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
2009 Geopolitics and Empire: the legacy of Halford Mackinder.
Kearns, G. (2009) Geopolitics and Empire: the legacy of Halford Mackinder. : Oxford University Press. [Details]
1993 Selling places: the city as cultural capital, past and present.
(1993) Selling places: the city as cultural capital, past and present. : Pergamon. [Details]
1991 Urbanising Britain: essays on class and community in the nineteenth century.
(1991) Urbanising Britain: essays on class and community in the nineteenth century. : Cambridge University Press. [Details]
1985 Urban epidemics and historical geography: cholera in London 1848-9.
Kearns, G. (1985) Urban epidemics and historical geography: cholera in London 1848-9. : Geobooks. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2016 'Vacancy and value in Dublin, 1798-1911'
Kearns, G (2016) 'Vacancy and value in Dublin, 1798-1911'. Irish Geography, 48 (1):22-45 [Details]
2015 'Often Doublin' in the Green, AAG Review of Books'
Kearns, G. (2015) 'Often Doublin' in the Green, AAG Review of Books'. 3 :52-56 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Colonial Contexts and Postcolonial Legacies, Part 2'
Kearns, G. (2014) 'Colonial Contexts and Postcolonial Legacies, Part 2'. HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY, 42 :27-29 [IR Link] [Details]
2014 'If wood were an element: Primo Levi and the material world, Versus: Quaderni di Studi Semiotici'
Kearns, G. (2014) 'If wood were an element: Primo Levi and the material world, Versus: Quaderni di Studi Semiotici'. To be added, 119 :21-49 [Details]
2014 'Governing vitalities and the security state'
Kearns, G. (2014) 'Governing vitalities and the security state'. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING D, 32 :762-778 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Governing vitalities and the security state'
Kearns, G (2014) 'Governing vitalities and the security state'. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32 :762-778 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Fatal Geographies'
Kearns, G. (2014) 'Fatal Geographies'. Irish Geography, 46 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Up to the Sun and Down to the Centre: The Utopian Moment in Anticolonial Nationalism'
Kearns, G. (2014) 'Up to the Sun and Down to the Centre: The Utopian Moment in Anticolonial Nationalism'. HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY, 42 :130-151 [IR Link] [Details]
2013 'Geopolitical Regression, AAG Review of Books'
Kearns, G. (2013) 'Geopolitical Regression, AAG Review of Books'. 1 :135-139 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Globalization and empire'
Kearns, G. (2013) 'Globalization and empire'. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING D, 30 :955-957 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2013 'Colonialism and the Irish Famine'
Kearns, G. (2013) 'Colonialism and the Irish Famine'. To be added, 2 :76-77 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2013 'The Butler Affair and the Geopolitics of Identity'
Kearns, G. (2013) 'The Butler Affair and the Geopolitics of Identity'. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING D, 31 :191-207 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Irish historical geographies: Colonial contexts and postcolonial legacies'
Kearns, G. (2013) 'Irish historical geographies: Colonial contexts and postcolonial legacies'. HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY, 41 :22-34 [IR Link] [Details]
2013 'Gender, Politics, Solidarity, Dublin Review of Books'
Kearns, G. (2013) 'Gender, Politics, Solidarity, Dublin Review of Books'. 30 [Details]
2013 'Beyond the Legacy of Mackinder'
Kearns, G (2013) 'Beyond the Legacy of Mackinder'. Geopolitics, 18 :917-932 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'The Butler affair and the geopolitics of identity'
Kearns, G (2013) 'The Butler affair and the geopolitics of identity'. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 31 :191-207 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Beyond the legacy of Mackinder'
Kearns, G. (2013) 'Beyond the legacy of Mackinder'. Geopolitics, 18 :917-932 [DOI] [Details]
2012 'Looking into the dark, Dublin Review of Books'
Kearns, G. (2012) 'Looking into the dark, Dublin Review of Books'. To be added, 21 [IR Link] [Details]
2011 'Lessons from the past: Why do famines still plague us? [Chronicle of Higer Education, Chronicle Review]'
Nally, D., and Kearns, G. (2011) 'Lessons from the past: Why do famines still plague us? [Chronicle of Higer Education, Chronicle Review]'. To be added, 58 :B10-B12 [Details]
2011 'Reading Gerry Kearns' Geopolitics and Empire: The Legacy of Halford Mackinder'
Kearns, G. (2011) 'Reading Gerry Kearns' Geopolitics and Empire: The Legacy of Halford Mackinder'. POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY, 30 :49-58 [DOI] [Details]
2010 'Annual General Meeting and Medal and Awards Celebration'
Kearns, G. (2010) 'Annual General Meeting and Medal and Awards Celebration'. GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL, 176 :256-266 [DOI] [Details]
2010 'The descent of Darwin'
Kearns, G. (2010) 'The descent of Darwin'. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING A, 42 :257-258 [DOI] [Details]
2010 'Geography, geopolitics, and empire'
Kearns, G. (2010) 'Geography, geopolitics, and empire'. TRANSACTIONS OF THE INSTITUTE OF BRITISH GEOGRAPHERS, 35 :183-207 [DOI] [Details]
2009 'Vital geographies: life, luck and the human condition'
Kearns, G., and Reid-Henry, S. (2009) 'Vital geographies: life, luck and the human condition'. ANNALS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN GEOGRAPHERS, 99 :554-574 [DOI] [Details]
2008 'Forging early-modern colonial Ireland'
Kearns, G. (2008) 'Forging early-modern colonial Ireland'. JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY, 34 :138-144 [DOI] [Details]
2008 'The geography of terror'
Kearns, G. (2008) 'The geography of terror'. POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY, 27 :360-364 [DOI] [Details]
2008 'Disaster capitalism in historical perspective'
Nally, D., and Kearns, G. (2008) 'Disaster capitalism in historical perspective'. GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL, 174 :285-286 [DOI] [Details]
2008 'Progressive Geopolitics'
Kearns, G. (2008) 'Progressive Geopolitics'. GEOGRAPHY COMPASS, 2 :1599-1620 [DOI] [Details]
2006 'Naturalising empire: echoes of Mackinder for the next American century?'
Kearns, G. (2006) 'Naturalising empire: echoes of Mackinder for the next American century?'. GEOPOLITICS, 11 :74-98 [DOI] [Details]
2006 'Dublin, modernity and the postcolonial fix'
Kearns, G. (2006) 'Dublin, modernity and the postcolonial fix'. IRISH GEOGRAPHY, 39 :177-183 [DOI] [Details]
2004 'Mother Ireland and the revolutionary sisters'
Kearns, G. (2004) 'Mother Ireland and the revolutionary sisters'. CULTURAL GEOGRAPHIES, 11 :459-483 [DOI] [Details]
2004 'The political pivot of Geography'
Kearns, G. (2004) 'The political pivot of Geography'. GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL, 170 :337-346 [DOI] [Details]
2001 '“Educate that holy hatred”: place, trauma and identity in the Irish nationalism of John Mitchel'
Kearns, G. (2001) '“Educate that holy hatred”: place, trauma and identity in the Irish nationalism of John Mitchel'. POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY, 20 :885-911 [DOI] [Details]
2000 'Maps, models and registers: the historical geography of the population of England'
Kearns, G. (2000) 'Maps, models and registers: the historical geography of the population of England'. JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY, 26 :298-304 [DOI] [Details]
1999 'Graham Smith (1953-99): an appreciation'
Kearns, G. (1999) 'Graham Smith (1953-99): an appreciation'. TRANSACTIONS OF THE INSTITUTE OF BRITISH GEOGRAPHERS, 24 :495-500 [DOI] [Details]
1998 'The virtuous circle of facts and values in the New Western History'
Kearns, G. (1998) 'The virtuous circle of facts and values in the New Western History'. 88 :377-409 [DOI] [Details]
1992 'Historical Geography'
Kearns, G. (1992) 'Historical Geography'. PROGRESS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, 16 :406-413 [DOI] [Details]
1992 'Cholera, nuisances and environmental management in Islington 1830-1855'
Kearns, G. (1992) 'Cholera, nuisances and environmental management in Islington 1830-1855'. MEDICAL HISTORY, Supplement 11 :94-125 [IR Link] [Details]
1991 'Historical Geography'
Kearns, G. (1991) 'Historical Geography'. PROGRESS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, 15 :47-56 [DOI] [Details]
1991 'This Common Inheritance: green idealism versus Tory pragmatism'
Kearns, G. (1991) 'This Common Inheritance: green idealism versus Tory pragmatism'. JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, 18 :363-370 [Details]
1989 'Death in the time of cholera'
Kearns, G. (1989) 'Death in the time of cholera'. JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY, 15 :425-432 [DOI] [Details]
1989 'Historical Geography'
Kearns, G. (1989) 'Historical Geography'. PROGRESS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, 13 :259-266 [DOI] [Details]
1988 'Historical Geography'
Kearns, G. (1988) 'Historical Geography'. PROGRESS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, 12 :103-110 [DOI] [Details]
1985 'Historical Geography'
Kearns, G. (1985) 'Historical Geography'. PROGRESS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, 10 :587-594 [Details]
1984 'Closed space and political practice: Halford Mackinder and Frederick Jackson Turner'
Kearns, G. (1984) 'Closed space and political practice: Halford Mackinder and Frederick Jackson Turner'. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING D, 2 :23-34 [DOI] [Details]
1984 'Making space for Marx'
Kearns, G. (1984) 'Making space for Marx'. JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY, 10 :411-417 [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2014 'Manly Endeavours'
Kearns, G. (2014) 'Manly Endeavours' In: Geopolitics: An introductory reader. New York: Routledge. [Details]
2014 'Spatial Justice and Primary Education'
Kearns, G. (2014) 'Spatial Justice and Primary Education' In: Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
2014 'Introduction'
Kearns, G. (2014) 'Introduction' In: Spatial justice and the Irish crisis. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
2013 'Imperialism and the Heartland'
Kearns, G. (2013) 'Imperialism and the Heartland' In: Central Asia in International Relations: The Legacies of Halford Mackinder. London: Hurst. [Details]
2013 'Interpréter les differences mondiales'
Kearns, G. (2013) 'Interpréter les differences mondiales' In: Élisée Reclus et nos géographies: Textes et prétextes. Paris: Éditions Noir et Rouge. [Details]
2012 'The Political Pivot of Geography'
Kearns, G. (2012) 'The Political Pivot of Geography' In: Human Geography. Volume 1. London: Sage. [Details]
2012 'Nationalism and the public sphere: The Nation newspaper and he movement for the repeal of the Union'
Kearns, G. (2012) 'Nationalism and the public sphere: The Nation newspaper and he movement for the repeal of the Union' In: At the Anvil: Essays in Honour of William J. Smyth. Dublin: Geographical Publications. [Details]
2011 'Geopolitics'
Kearns, G. (2011) 'Geopolitics' In: Handbook of Geographical Knowledge. London: Sage. [Details]
2011 'Echoes of Schmitt among the Ideologists of the New American Empire'
Kearns, G. (2011) 'Echoes of Schmitt among the Ideologists of the New American Empire' In: Saptiality, Sovereignty and Carl Schmitt: Geogrpahies of the Nomos. London: Routledge. [Details]
2009 'Sequent occupance'
Kearns, G. (2009) 'Sequent occupance' In: Dictionary of Human Geography, fifth edition. London: Wiley-Blackwell. [Details]
2009 'Heartland'
Kearns, G. (2009) 'Heartland' In: Dictionary of Human Geography, fifth edition. London: Wiley-Blackwell. [Details]
2009 'Frontier thesis'
Kearns, G. (2009) 'Frontier thesis' In: Dictionary of Human Geography, fifth edition. London: Wiley-Blackwell. [Details]
2009 'Mackinder, H. J'
Kearns, G. (2009) 'Mackinder, H. J' In: International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Oxford: Elsevier. [Details]
2009 'Kropótkin, P.'
Kearns, G. (2009) 'Kropótkin, P.' In: International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Oxford: Elsevier. [Details]
2009 'Frontier'
Kearns, G. (2009) 'Frontier' In: Dictionary of Human Geography, fifth edition. London: Wiley-Blackwell. [Details]
2008 'Taking theory for a walk in Ireland'
Kearns, G. (2008) 'Taking theory for a walk in Ireland' In: Practicing the archive: reflections on methods and practice in historical geography. London: Historical Geography Research Group. [Details]
2007 'The history of medical geography after Foucault'
Kearns, G. (2007) 'The history of medical geography after Foucault' In: Space, knowledge and power: Foucault and Geography. Aldershot: Ashgate Press. [Details]
2006 'Bare life, political violence and the territorial structure of Britain and Ireland'
Kearns, G. (2006) 'Bare life, political violence and the territorial structure of Britain and Ireland' In: Violent geographies: fear, terror and political violence. New York: Routledge. [Details]
2006 'Europe as the just measure of the world'
Kearns, G. (2006) 'Europe as the just measure of the world' In: Reclus: textes et contextes. Lyon: Université de Lyon. [Details]
2004 'Environmental history'
Kearns, G. (2004) 'Environmental history' In: A companion to cultural geography. Oxford: Blackwell. [DOI] [Details]
2004 'Halford Mackinder'
Kearns, G. (2004) 'Halford Mackinder' In: Dictionary of nineteenth-century British scientists. London: Thoemmes Press. [Details]
2003 'Nation, empire, cosmopolis: Ireland and the break with Britain'
Kearns, G. (2003) 'Nation, empire, cosmopolis: Ireland and the break with Britain' In: Geographies of British modernity: space and society in the twentieth century. Oxford: Blackwell. [DOI] [Details]
2003 'Imperial geopolitics: geopolitical visions at the dawn of the American century'
Kearns, G. (2003) 'Imperial geopolitics: geopolitical visions at the dawn of the American century' In: A companion to political geography. Oxford: Blackwell. [DOI] [Details]
2002 'Ethnic groups as public health hazards: the Famine Irish in Liverpool and lazaretto politics'
Kearns, G., and Laxton, P. (2002) 'Ethnic groups as public health hazards: the Famine Irish in Liverpool and lazaretto politics' In: The politics of the healthy life: an international perspective. Sheffield: European Association for the History of Medicine and Health. [Details]
2001 'Power and salubrity: the politics of sanitary reform in Victorian Liverpool'
Laxton, P., and Kearns, G. (2001) 'Power and salubrity: the politics of sanitary reform in Victorian Liverpool' In: Les hygiénistes: enjeux, modèles et pratiques (XVIIIe-XXe siècles). Paris: Belin. [Details]
2000 'Town Hall and Whitehall: sanitary intelligence in Liverpool, 1840-63'
Kearns, G. (2000) 'Town Hall and Whitehall: sanitary intelligence in Liverpool, 1840-63' In: Body and city: histories of urban public health. Aldershot: Ashgate Press. [Details]
1999 'Demography and industrialisation: a geographical overview'
Kearns, G. (1999) 'Demography and industrialisation: a geographical overview' In: Industrialisation and the Epidemiologic Transition. Umeå: Demographic Data Base. [Details]
1995 'Tuberculosis and the medicalisation of English society, 1880-1920'
Kearns, G. (1995) 'Tuberculosis and the medicalisation of English society, 1880-1920' In: Coping with sickness: historical aspects of health care in a European perspective. Sheffield: European Association for the History of Medicine. [Details]
1994 'Urbanisierung und Professionalisierung als Bestimmungsfaktoren bei der Gestaltung des deutschen Gesundheitssystems im 19. Jahrhundert im internationalen Vergleich'
Kearns, G., Lee, W. R., and Rogers, J. (1994) 'Urbanisierung und Professionalisierung als Bestimmungsfaktoren bei der Gestaltung des deutschen Gesundheitssystems im 19. Jahrhundert im internationalen Vergleich' In: Städtische Bevölkerungsentwicklung in Deutschland im 19. Jahrhundert: Soziale und demographische Aspekte der Urbanisierung. St. Katharinen, Germany: Scripta Mercaturae Verlag. [Details]
1993 'Fin-de-siècle geopolitics: Mackinder, Hobson and theories of global closure'
Kearns, G. (1993) 'Fin-de-siècle geopolitics: Mackinder, Hobson and theories of global closure' In: Political geography of the twentieth century. London: Belhaven Press. [Details]
1993 'The city as spectacle: Paris and the celebration of the Bicentenary of the French Revolution'
Kearns, G. (1993) 'The city as spectacle: Paris and the celebration of the Bicentenary of the French Revolution' In: Selling places: the city as cultural capital, past and present. London: Pergamon. [Details]
1993 'Culture, history, capital: a critical introduction to the selling of places'
Philo, C., and Kearns, G. (1993) 'Culture, history, capital: a critical introduction to the selling of places' In: Selling places: the city as cultural capital, past and present. London: Pergamon. [Details]
1993 'Quiet prosperity: the Nordic countries'
Kearns, G. (1993) 'Quiet prosperity: the Nordic countries' In: World economy. Oxford: Andromeda. [Details]
1992 'Historical and geographical perspectives'
Kearns, G. (1992) 'Historical and geographical perspectives' In: The student’s companion to geography. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. [Details]
1991 'Introduction'
Kearns, G., and Withers, C. (1991) 'Introduction' In: Urbanising Britain: essays on class and community in the nineteenth century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
1991 'Biology, class, and the urban penalty'
Kearns, G. (1991) 'Biology, class, and the urban penalty' In: Urbanising Britain: essays on class and community in the nineteenth century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
1989 'Introduction'
Kearns, G. (1989) 'Introduction' In: Urbanisation and the epidemiologic transition. Uppsala: Family History Project. [Details]
1989 'Zivilis and hygaeia: urban public health during the epidemiologic transition'
Kearns, G. (1989) 'Zivilis and hygaeia: urban public health during the epidemiologic transition' In: The rise and fall of great cities. London: Belhaven Press. [Details]
1989 'The interaction of political and economic factors in the public health of England, Germany and Sweden'
Kearns, G. (1989) 'The interaction of political and economic factors in the public health of England, Germany and Sweden' In: Urbanisation and the epidemiologic transition. Uppsala: Family History Project. [Details]
1988 'The urban penalty and the population history of England'
Kearns, G. (1988) 'The urban penalty and the population history of England' In: Society and health during the demographic transition. Stockholm: Almqvist and Wiksell. [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
1985 Aspects of cholera, society and space in nineteenth-century England and Wales.
Kearns, G. (1985) Aspects of cholera, society and space in nineteenth-century England and Wales. University of Cambridge: Thesis [Details]