—Paul Robeson, 1958, Here I Stand
- Academic Office Building 211
- Assistant Professor of Geography
- PhD, Geography, Kent State University
- MA, Geography, Kent State University
- BA, Geography, St. Cloud State University
- BES, Music, St. Cloud State University
- Post-Industrial Geographies & Heritage
- National Identity in the 21st Century
- Digital Heritage & Social Media
- Political Ecology, Place, & Memory
- Black Geographies & Memorial Landscape
Areas of Expertise
- Memory and Heritage
- Cultural Landscape
- British Studies
- Historical and Cultural Geography
- Sense of Place
- Performativity & Performance
- Rhodes, M, W. Price, and A. Walker. 2021. Geographies of Post-Industrial Place, Memory, and Heritage. Routledge. ISBN: 9780367440909.
- Rhodes, M. 2021. The Absent Presence of Paul Robeson in Wales: Appropriation and Philosophical Disconnects in the Memorial Landscape. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. DOI: 10.1111/tran.12442
- Rhodes, M. 2021. The nation, the festival, and institutionalized memory: Transoptic landscapes of the Welsh National Eisteddfod. GeoHumanities. DOI:10.1080/2373566X.2021.1903812
- Rhodes, M. 2021. Dancing around the Subject: Memory Work of Museum Landscapes at the National Waterfront Museum. Professional Geographer.
- Post, C. and M. Rhodes. 2021. Refraining on Necropolitics: Lyrical Geographies of Labor Music. Journal of Cultural Geography.
- Price, W. and M. Rhodes. 2020. Coal Dust in the Wind: Interpreting the Industrial Past of South Wales. Tourism Geographies. DOI: 10.1080/14616688.2020.1801825
- Rhodes, M. 2020. Music Work: Geographies of traditional Cambodian music and state-building under the Khmer Rouge regime. Asia Pacific Viewpoint. DOI: 10.1111/apv.12261
- Rhodes, M. 2020. Landscapes of Multicultural Memory and Heritage in Wales. Focus on Geography 63. DOI:10.21690/foge/2020.63.2p
- Rhodes, M. 2019. Paul Robeson’s Place in YouTube: A social spatial network analysis of representation and audience engagement in digital heritage. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities 34 (1): 174-188. DOI: 10.1093/llc/fqy027
- Rhodes, M. 2018. Exhibiting Memory: Temporary, mobile, and participatory memorialization and the Let Paul Robeson Sing! exhibition. Memory Studies. DOI: 10.1177/1750698018794771
- Hannum, K. and M. Rhodes. 2018. Public art as public pedagogy: Memorial landscapes of the Cambodian genocide. Journal of Cultural Geography 35 (3): 334-361.
- Rhodes, M. 2017. Alternate Pasts, Presents, and Futures in Star Trek: Historical engagement and representation through popular culture. The Geographical Bulletin 58 (1): 29-39.
- Rhodes, M. 2016. Performing History: Remembering Paul Robeson and the Peekskill Riots though Tayo Aluko’s Call Mr. Robeson. Excellence in Performing Arts Research 3 (1): 1-17.
- Tyner, J., M. Rhodes, and S. Kimsroy. 2016. Music, Nature, Power, and Place: An Ecomusicology of Khmer Rouge Songs.GeoHumanities 2 (2): 395-412.
- Rhodes, M. 2016. Placing Paul Robeson in History: Understanding His Philosophical Framework. Journal of Black Studies 47 (3): 235-257.
Rhodes, M. 2020. Michigan Technological University. Research Excellence Fund – Research Seed Grant. Community-Engaged Post-Industrial Geographies of World Heritage in Wales. [$46,400]. Awarded.
MacLennan, C. and Rhodes, M. 2020. Keweenaw Heritage Grant for the Keweenaw County Historical Society and Historical School at Gay Museum. Copper Milling at Gay: A Lake Superior Story. [$31,645]. Awarded.
Presentations and Panels
- Living Memories and Food Heritage: Foodways and Memoryways of Paul Robeson, Stephen Biko, and Red Cloud. Royal Geographical Society (RGS) Annual Meeting, online, September 2021 with E. Wuepper.
- Session Organizer (with J. Brasher, D. Alderman, and R. Sheehan) Memory and Geography (I): Narratives in Space and Place; (II): Ruins and Rights – Urban Memory Politics; (III): Racial Justice; (IV): Innovations and Intersections. Memory Studies Association (MSA) Annual Conference, online, July 2021.
- More-Than-Human Heritage: Political Ecologies of the Paul Robeson Tomato. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG), online, April 2021.
- Session Organizer Cultural Geographies Poster Session. AAG, online, April 2021.
- Panel Participant Critical Geographies and Science and Engineering Education. AAG, online, April 2021.
- Geographies of Post-Industrial Place, Memory, and Heritage. IA Online Session 7. Society for Industrial Archeology. November 2020 with W. Price and A. Walker.
- ‘The Proud Valley’ – Paul Robeson and Wales. 2020 Summer Online Event Series. Llafur (Welsh People’s History Society). August 2020 with Beverley Humphreys and Tayo Aluko.
- Coal Dust in the Wind: Reckoning with the Legacy of Mining in Wales. Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecture Series, Miami University, OH, February 2020 with W. Price.
- Lost Utopia: Star Trek’s Socio-spatial Reflections. Earth and its Others: The Geographies of Science Fiction, RGS Annual Meeting Workshop, online, August 2020.
- Memory Work of Museum Landscapes at the National Waterfront Museum. Nystom Finalist Presentation. Annual Meeting of the AAG, online, April 2020.
- Kraing Ta Chan, Spatial Narratives, and the Memorialization of the Cambodian Genocide. International Studies Association: Commemorating Violent Conflicts and Building Sustainable Peace, Kent, October 2019 with K. Hannum.
- Session Organizer (with Alex Colucci) Landscapes of (Post-)Industrial Violence and Participant Dancing around the Subject: Museum Landscapes of Post-Industrial Environmental Crises. Annual Meeting of the International Society of Landscape, Place, and Material Culture (ISLPMC), Detroit, October 2019.
- Paul Robeson’s Place in YouTube: A Social Spatial Network Analysis of Digital Heritage. Memory Studies Association Third Annual Conference, Madrid, June 2019.
- Session Organizer (with Amy Walker and William Price) Post-Industrial Place Memory, and Heritage and Participant: Amgueddfa’r Gogledd: Slate, Slavery, and Trans-Atlantic Labor in the National Slate Museum. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG), Washington, D.C., April 2019.
- Biography, Activism, and the Applied Geographies of Paul Robeson. Applied Geography Conference, Kent, OH, October 2018.
- Cardiff and the Confluence of Memory Work: Welshness in the Nation’s Capital. Race, Ethnicity, & Place (REP) IX, Austin, TX, October 2018.
- The Absent Presence of Paul Robeson in Wales: Appropriation and Philosophical Disconnects in the Memorial Landscape. Annual Meeting of the International Society of Landscape, Place, and Material Culture (ISLPMC), New Orleans, September 2018.
- “A Bubble of Welshness”: Soundscape, national identity, and the National Eisteddfod. Royal Geographical Society (RGS) Annual Meeting, Cardiff, August 2018.
- Bursting the Swigen Iaith: Soundscape and national identity at the National Eisteddfod. North American Society for the Study of Welsh Culture and History International Conference on Welsh Studies (NAASWCH), Bangor, Wales, July 2018.
- Session Organizer (with Kathryn Hannum) Celtic Geographies and Participant: “Making it More Celtic”: Welsh Nation-Building in the Year of Legends. AAG Annual Meeting, New Orleans, April 2018.
- The Paul Robeson Party: Politicization of the Welsh Memorial Landscape. AAG Political Geography Specialty Group Pre-Conference, New Orleans, April 2018.
- National Identity and Heritage Institutions in Wales
- Postindustrial Memory and Landscape
- Legacies and Memorial Landscapes of Paul Robeson
- Political Ecology links to Memory (Living Memorials, Pristine Myth, etc...)
- Science Fictions representations of alternate pasts, presents, and futures