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Katherine Hankins

Associate Professor    

Ph.D. University of Georgia, 2004


Research interests: Urban geography with emphases on urban politics, spatial justice, and neighborhood identities and institutions.


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Katherine majored in Russian Area Studies and minored in Geography at Dartmouth College, received her Master’s degree in Geography from The University of Arizona, and completed her PhD in Geography at The University of Georgia. Prior to her arrival at Georgia State University, she held a two-year teaching position at The University of Georgia.

Katherine’s current research focuses on the role of faith-based community development in inner city neighborhoods. With colleague Dr. Andy Walter of the University of West Georgia, she is examining the activities of an urban ministry collective, which employs a “gentrification with justice” strategy to transform five impoverished neighborhoods in Atlanta. This work builds on research she has conducted on the role of neighborhood activism around schools, affordable housing, land-use conflicts, and environmental justice, and how these efforts are connected to the urban political economy in Atlanta.

Katherine’s research has been published in ACME, Antipode, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Space and Polity, Tijdschrift: The Journal of Economic and Social Geography, Urban Geography, and Urban Studies (forthcoming).