HSA Faculty Spotlight

From time to time on this page, we will profile individual department faculty and their recent activities.

David K. Seitz

David K. SeitzDavid K. Seitz is thrilled to join the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts at Harvey Mudd College as assistant professor of cultural geography. He holds a PhD (2015) in human geography, women and gender studies and sexual diversity studies from the University of Toronto, and spent the 2016–2017 academic year as visiting scholar in sexuality studies at the Centre for Feminist Research at York University. As an urban cultural geographer, David’s research and teaching seek to think through and open up scholarly, activist and public conversations about the emotional and spatial dimensions of conflicts over citizenship, race, class, gender, sexuality, and religion.

David’s first book, A House of Prayer for All People: Contesting Citizenship in a Queer Church (University of Minnesota Press, Nov. 2017) examines the geographies and politics of belonging at a large, predominantly LGBTQ Protestant congregation in Toronto, Canada. His research on desire, difference and citizenship has also appeared in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space; The International Journal of Urban and Regional Research; Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society; and The Geographical Bulletin, as well as a number of edited collections and journalistic venues. He is currently working on several research article projects addressing family values, queer pedagogy, and the politics of race and sexual desire in LGBTQ communities. His next book project will investigate the ways in which the emotional and political geographies of race, capitalism and colonialism in California have shaped the Star Trek franchise, with a particular eye toward the emotional geographies of (post)colonialism in the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

David is especially delighted to work with a community of brilliant, diligent, conscientious, and politically engaged students, faculty and staff at Harvey Mudd College and across The Claremont Colleges. An alumnus of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, he regards the liberal arts model of education with both profound gratitude and attentiveness to questions of accessibility and social justice. As an educator, he prioritizes strengthening students’ critical reading, thinking, writing, and discussion skills, and emphasizes synthesis and empathy as key capacities in lifelong learning. In fall 2017 at Harvey Mudd, he will teach GEOG179: Imagining Citizenship Otherwise, a seminar that invites students to consider a robust range of critiques of nation-state citizenship, a question all the more important in our contentious times.