Matthew Coleman

Matthew Coleman

Matthew Coleman

Associate Professor, Department of Geography

Areas of Expertise

  • Geopolitics
  • Immigration
  • Geography of Law


Brief bio

I completed my BA in Political Science at the Department of Political Studies at l'Université d'Ottawa and my MA in Political Economy at the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University. I finished my PhD in the Department of Geography at UCLA in 2005.

I am currently President of the Association of American Geographer's Political Geography Specialty Group.

Interests: Geopolitics, Immigration, Geography of Law

Current Research: My current research is focuses on immigration law and politics. More specifically I am interests lie on issues related to the U.S.-Mexico border, interior immigration enforcement, critical geopolitics, political geography, states and statecraft, geographies of power and resistance.


Select Publications: 
Coleman, M. 2012, forthcoming. Immigrant il-legality: Geopolitical and legal borders in the US, 1882-present (Special Issue: Migration, Mobility, and Geopolitics). Geopolitics. Vol. 17, no. 1.

Coleman, M. 2011, forthcoming. The local migration state: the site-specific devolution of immigration enforcement in the U.S. South. Law & Policy. Vol. 33, no. 4. 

Coleman, M. 2011, forthcoming. Detention, deportation, devolution and immigrant incapacitation in the US, post-9/11 (Special issue: 9/11 + 10). The Geographical Journal of the Royal Geographical Society. Vol. 177, no. 3.

Coleman, M. 2009. What counts as geopolitics, and where? Devolution and immigrant insecurity after 9/11.  Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Vol. 5, no. 99: 904-913.

Coleman, M. and K. Grove, 2009. Biopower, biopolitics and the return of sovereignty.  Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Vol. 27, no. 4: 489-507.