Jeremy Tasch


Jeremy Tasch

Contact Info

College of Liberal Arts,
Room 2341


Ph.D., School of Geography
Clark University,
Specializations: Environmental Geography,
Political Ecologies of Eurasia,
Social Theory and Nature

M.S., School of Design,
University of Pennsylvania,
Specialization: Energy Management and Policy

B.A., Dept. of Geography and Urban Studies
Temple University,
Specialization: Cartography and Data Handling,
Multilingual Business and Government

Areas of Expertise

Political ecology of resource
development in the Caucasus
Central Asia
The Russian Far East


Jeremy Tasch is Towson University’s first interdisciplinary hire in global studies. He came to Towson from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, where he helped create the university’s first geography and environmental studies department and first undergraduate degree program in international studies. From 2009-2013 Jeremy was a principal investigator on a five-country, NSF-funded study on the human dimensions of climate change in the Arctic. A recipient of three Fulbright awards to the Russian Far East, the Kyrgyz Republic, and the Republic of Azerbaijan, he previously served as chief-of-mission for an international NGO in Azerbaijan, where he helped create the first multi-institution educational center and American library, funded by the U.S. Department of State. Jeremy has received several competitive research and educational grants, and his publications touch on themes of political ecology, critical geopolitics, and “territorial Imaginaries.”

Scholarships & Grants

  • National Science Foundation: Territorial Imaginaries of the Arctic
  • Fulbright Scholar Award, US Dept. of State: Azerbaijan
  • Fulbright Scholar Award, US Dept. of State: Kyrgyz Republic
  • Fulbright-Hays Award, US Dept. of Education: Russian Far East
  • Embassy Policy Specialist, US Dept of State/IREX: Azerbaijan
  • Carnegie Foundation/University of Maryland: Curriculum Redesign Award
  • World Bank Award for Educational Reform


  • Indigenous responses to globalization in Pacific Russia
  • Arctic sovereignty claims in the context of climate change
  • Broadly envisioning the social theory of global environmental issues.

Selected Publications

Co-authored with Philip E. Steinberg, Hannes Gerhardt, Adam Keul and Elizabeth Nyman Contesting the Arctic: Politics and Imaginaries in the Circumpolar North. I.B. Tauris: London, 2015

Co-authored with Weiwei Tasch. “AZERBAIJANI SPRING”? CIVIL DISCOURSE, DISCORD, AND DISSENT. The Pennsylvania Geographer, Journal of the Pennsylvania Geographical Society. Special Issue on Geopolitics, Fall-Winter 2013, pp. 1-18

Professional Service

  • American Association of Geographers (AAG): Regional Councilor and Governing Board Member (2014-2017)
  • Chair: Russian, Central Eurasian and East European Specialty Group of the AAG (2015-2017)
  • Editorial Board member for the Journal, Eurasian Geography and Economics (Taylor and Francis)
  • Research Consultant, Ministry of Education and Science, Russian Federation
  • Fulbright Scholar Program and the Graduate Student Program, and the Humphrey Program, Proposal Reviewer-Interviewer (2014-2015)
  • Reviewer for several academic journals and research funding institutions