Political Science and Global Affairs
: Building 2N
Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA)
M.A., Rutgers University
B.A., Rutgers University
Biography / Academic Interests
Professor Kabachnik is a political and cultural geographer, whose interests lie in the way that people interact with places, and the interplay between place and identity more generally. He focuses on geographies of displacement, or the various ways that people are affected by, and deal with, the harsh circumstances surrounding the need to leave one’s home. He is currently working as a member of a National Science Foundation (NSF) interdisciplinary project (led by Drs. Joanna Regulska and Beth Mitchneck) examining internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Republic of Georgia. Some of the themes that Dr. Kabachnik looks at are: how IDPs conceptualize home, by examining how they think about their former homes in Abkhazia and the way they live in their current living spaces; the geopolitical factors that shape the discourses that fuel the conflict; and how changing gender roles create a perceived challenge to dominant masculinities. His dissertation research, “The Place of the Nomad: Situating Gypsy and Traveler Mobility in Contemporary England,” also explores displacement by examining how the mobility of Gypsies and Travelers is constructed, constrained, and stigmatized. Due to a shortage of legal caravan sites, Gypsies and Travelers are being evicted from places where they try to fulfill their basic human right to home.
Scholarship / Publications
Kabachnik, Peter and Ryder, Andrew. Forthcoming. “Nomadism and the 2003 Anti-Social Behaviour Act: Constraining Gypsy and Traveller Mobilities in Britain.” Romani Studies.
Kabachnik, Peter, Grabowska, Magda, Regulska, Joanna, Mitchneck, Beth, and Mayorova, Olga V. Forthcoming. “Traumatic Masculinities: The Gendered Geographies of Georgian IDPs from Abkhazia.” Gender, Place, and Culture.
Kabachnik, Peter. Forthcoming. “Prison, Nuisance, or Spectacle?: The 2009 “Cell” Protests in Tbilisi, Georgia.” Geopolitics.
Kabachnik, Peter. 2012. “Shaping Abkhazia: Cartographic Anxieties and the Making and Remaking of the Abkhazian Geobody.” Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. 14 (4): 397- 415.
Kabachnik, Peter. 2012. “Nomads and Mobile Places: Disentangling Place, Space, and Mobility.” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. 19 (2): 210-228.
Kabachnik, Peter, Regulska, Joanna, and Mitchneck, Beth. 2012. “Displacing Blame: Georgian Internally Displaced Person Perspectives of the Georgia-Abkhazia Conflict.” Ethnopolitics. 11(2): 123-140.
Jimenez, Jeremy and Kabachnik, Peter. 2012. “The Other Iraq: Exploring Iraqi Kurdistan.” FOCUS on Geography. 55 (2): 31-40.
Kabachnik, Peter. 2012. “Wounds That Won’t Heal: Cartographic Anxieties and the Quest for Territorial Integrity in Georgia.” Central Asian Survey. 31 (1): 45-60.
Kabachnik, Peter, Regulska, Joanna, and Mitchneck, Beth. 2010. “Where and When is Home? The Double Displacement of Georgian IDPs from Abkhazia.” The Journal of Refugee Studies. 23 (3): 315-336.
Kabachnik, Peter. 2010. “England or Uruguay?: The Persistence of Place and the Myth of the Placeless Gypsy.” Area. 42 (2): 198-207.
Kabachnik, Peter. 2010. “Place Invaders: Constructing the Nomadic Threat in England.” Geographical Review. 100 (1): 90-108.
Kabachnik, Peter. 2009. “To Choose, Fix, or Ignore Culture? The Cultural Politics of Gypsy and Traveler Mobility in England.” Social and Cultural Geography. 10 (4): 461-479.
Kabachnik, Peter. 2009. “The Culture of Crime: Examining Representations of Irish Travelers in Traveller and The Riches.” Romani Studies. 19 (1): 49-64.