Ph.D., Geography, University of Kansas
M.A., Anthropology, University of Kansas
B.A., Anthropology & English, Illinois State University
Cultural and Indigenous geography; politics of place; sense of place
I am a cultural geographer with teaching and research interests in the politics of place, sense of place, and Indigenous philosophies and activism. My regional expertise is focused on rural and resource-dependent areas of North America, particularly Canada and the U.S. West. My methodological interests are ethnography, case study, qualitative analysis, and Indigenous methodologies. I have spent much of my career working in collaboration with the Cheslatta Carrier Nation of British Columbia, punctuated by other projects on exurban land-use change in Colorado and Indigenous activism in the Wakarusa Wetlands of northeastern Kansas and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds on the North Island of Aotearoa/New Zealand. I welcome inquiries from anyone looking to study Geography at the undergraduate or graduate level.
Geography 1200: Regions and Nations of the World
Geography 1550: Introduction to the Humanized Landscape
Honors 3242: The Future Is Indigenous!
Geography 4904: Placewriting
Geography 8760: Geographic Thought
Recent & Significant Publications
Soren Larsen and Melanie Zurba. 2020. Boundary work, art, and place. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (second edition), ed. Audrey Kobayashi, pp. 381-384. London and New York: Elsevier.
Soren Larsen, Michele Lobo, and Avril Maddrell. 2019. Refreshing methods: reflections and provocations. Social & Cultural Geography 20: Virtual Special Issue on Methods.
Soren Larsen and Jay T. Johnson. 2018. The lynching of James T. Scott and the spectral agency of place. Southeastern Geographer 58: 21-27.
Soren Larsen and Jay T. Johnson. 2017. Being Together in Place: Indigenous Coexistence in a More-Than-Human World. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Soren Larsen and Jay T. Johnson. 2016. The agency of place: toward a more-than-human geographical self. GeoHumanities 2: 149–166.
Soren Larsen. 2016. Regions of care: a political ecology of reciprocal materialities. Journal of Political Ecology 23: 115-203.
Matt Jacobson and Soren Larsen. 2014. Ethnographic fiction for research and writing in cultural geography. Journal of Cultural Geography 31: 179–193.
Soren Larsen and Jay T. Johnson. 2013. A Deeper Sense of Place: Stories and Journeys of Collaborations in Indigenous Research. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press.
Soren Larsen and Jay T. Johnson. 2012. Toward an open sense of place: phenomenology, affinity, and the question of being. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 102: 632-646.