David K. Seitz

Assistant Professor of Cultural Geography

As an urban cultural geographer whose work examines questions of difference, desire, and citizenship, I am fascinated by how people form (or don’t form) community through space. My first book, A House of Prayer for All People: Contesting Citizenship in a Queer Church (November 2017, University of Minnesota Press) examines the geographies and politics of belonging at a large, predominantly LGBTQ Protestant congregation in Toronto, Canada. I am currently working on second book project investigating the ways in which the emotional and political geographies of race, capitalism and colonialism in California have shaped the Star Trek franchise.

I am 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. As an educator, I prioritize strengthening students’ critical reading, thinking, writing, and discussion skills, and emphasize synthesis and empathy as key capacities in lifelong learning.

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