Shiloh R. Krupar

Shiloh R. Krupar
Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor
477 ICC

Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor 

Field Chair of the Undergraduate Culture & Politics Program Major

Shiloh Krupar is a Geographer and an Associate Professor of Culture and Politics in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Her teaching and research interests, which span geography, architecture, performance studies, the medical humanities, and environmental justice, have explored several interrelated areas: military landscapes, such as decommissioned military sites and nuclear facilities; model cities and urban-environmental projects in China; cities in aftermath and the impacts of environmental, juridical, and financial disasters on the urban environment; and, lastly, biomedicine, specifically environmental biomonitoring, medical hot spotting, and medical geographies of waste.

The recipient of a Quadrant Fellowship, her book Hot Spotter’s Report: Military Fables of Toxic Waste (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) explores the politics of nature conservation, environmental memory, contamination and compensation issues at decommissioned military sites in the western United States. She is currently working on one solo book project and two co-authored volumes: What Remains—The Unseen Medical Geographies of Waste; Museum of Waste: Capital, Ecology, Sovereignty (with C. Greig Crysler, University of California-Berkeley); and The Enterprise of Life (with Nadine Ehlers, University of Wollongong).

Krupar has been published in such venues as Society and Space, Public Culture, Radical History Review, Liminalities, cultural geographies, and Progress in Human Geography. The 2012 SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory includes her co-authored chapter (with Stefan Al, University of Pennsylvania) on theories of spectacle and branding. Her collaborative long-term art project “The National Toxic Land/Labor Conservation Service” (with Sarah Kanouse, University of Iowa) works at the intersection of art, research, and government policy to address the toxic afterlife of U.S. militarism and has been included in the Institute for Wishful Thinking (NYC, 2011), “Ecocultures” exhibition (George Mason University, 2011), Figure One Gallery (Champaign, IL, 2013), and is a Finalist in the traveling show “Monument to Cold War Victory” during 2014-16 (Cooper Union, NYC, October 2014; Wende Museum, Los Angeles, 2016).

Krupar travels extensively to give lectures and performances, at the Royal Geographical Society in London, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study’s workshop “Space, Power, Nation,” the Montreal-based Artivistic Conference “Un.Occupied Spaces,” and the annual meetings of the Association of American Geographers, American Studies Association, and the Society for Cultural Anthropology.

As a member of the CULP core faculty, Professor Krupar teaches the courses “Theorizing Culture and Politics,” “Green Politics,” “Detouring the Global City,” “Introduction to Critical Geography,” and a variety of other offerings on cultures of exhibition, and landscape as an aesthetic object, political-economic artifact and social practice. She has worked collaboratively with The Phillips Collection to develop an institutional partnership and innovative new course on “Globalization, Diplomacy, and the Politics of Exhibitions.”

Areas of Expertise: Critical geography; political/social theory; urban geography/cities; environmental politics; waste studies/nuclear waste; militarization; biomedicine/biopolitics; Cold War; China; museum studies; architectural theory; exhibitions and art practice

  • Ph.D. (2007) University of California-Berkeley, Geography
  • MA (2001) Stanford University, East Asian Studies
  • BA (1999) Case Western Reserve University, History



Shiloh Krupar. Hot Spotter’s Report: Military Fables of Toxic Waste. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

Articles in Journals

Shiloh Krupar and Nadine Ehlers.Hope Logics: Biomedicine, Affective Conventions of Cancer, and the Governing of Biocitizenry.” Configurations 23.1 (2015).

Shiloh Krupar and Nadine Ehlers. “Target: Biomedicine and Racialized Geo-body-politics’.” Occasions Special Issue “Race and Space,” eds. Wendy Cheng and Rashad Shabazz  (2015)

Shiloh Krupar.The Biomedicalization of War and Military Remains.” Medicine, Conflict, and Survival 29.2 (2013): 111-139.

Shiloh Krupar.Transnatural Ethics: Revisiting the Nuclear Cleanup of Rocky Flats, Colorado, through the Queer Ecology of Nuclia Waste.” cultural geographies 19.3 (2012): 303-327.

Shiloh Krupar.The Biopsic Adventures of Mammary Glam: Breast Cancer Detection and the Promise of Cancer Glamor.” Social Semiotics 21.5 (2012): 47-82.

Shiloh Krupar.Alien Still Life: Distilling Toxic Logics at Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.” Society and Space 29.2 (2011): 268-290.

Shiloh Krupar.Excavating the Future: An Old Shanghai Miscellany.” Liminalities 5.2 (2009).

Shiloh Krupar.Shanghaiing the Future: A De-tour of the Shanghai Urban Plan Exhibition Hall.” Public Culture 20.2 (2008): 307-320.

Shiloh Krupar.Where Eagles Dare: Remediating the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.” Society and Space 25.2 (2007): 194-212.

Shiloh Krupar.A Janitorial Junket: Sweeping the Debris of Shanghai’s Future.” Radical History Review (2007): 155-177.

Articles in Books

Shiloh Krupar.The Biopolitics of Spectacle: Salvation and Oversight at the Post-military Nature Refuge.” Global ReVisions. Ed. Zahi Zalloua and Bruce Magnusson. : University of Washington Press, 2014.

Shiloh Krupar.The Political Materialism of Spectacle: A Cross-Sectional Examination of the Edaphological Geopolitics of the Shanghai 2010 World Expo.” Moments of Danger: Visible and Invisible Geographies of Power and Meaning. Ed. Heather Merrill and Lisa Hoffman. : University of Georgia Press, 2014.

Shiloh Krupar.MEMO from the EAGLE Collective.” Critical Landscapes: Art and the Politics of Land Use. Ed. Emily Eliza Scott and Kirsten Swenson. : University of California Press, 2014.

Shiloh Krupar and Stefan Al.Notes on the Society of the Brand|Spectacle.” The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory. Ed. C. Greig Crysler, Stephen Cairns, and Hilde Heynen. : SAGE, 2012: 247-263


Shiloh Krupar, 2012, “The Decade That Gave Us Aught But Answers” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space online .

Shiloh Krupar, 2011, “The Fictional World of Absurdist Drama According to its Influence on Me” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 29.3, 556-558 .

Shiloh Krupar, 2007, “Pred’s Workshop” Progress in Human Geography 31.6, 817-819 .


Shiloh Krupar and Sarah Kanouse. The National Toxic Land/Labor Conservation Service.”, 2011.