College of Arts and Sciences
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Dr. Kopack received his Ph.D. in human geography from the University of Toronto in
2020. Working across political economy and the environment, his doctoral research
focused on Soviet defense industry conversions in Kazakhstan in formerly secret cities
and their adjacent military installations and landscapes. For this research Dr. Kopack
spent more than two years in Kazakhstan and other parts of the former Soviet Union.
Currently Dr. Kopack is continuing to research the closure, remediation, and repurposing
efforts of defense sites in Kazakhstan as well as the United States and Canada with
a particular interest in the crossroads of political-economy, public health, and environmental
history. A second and related project that Dr. Kopack has begun researching are the
environmental regulations and public and private sector negotiations related to opening
and operating commercial space facilities.
- ANTH 102: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
- ANTH 203: Comparing Other Cultures Through Film
- GEOG 103: Introduction to Geography
- GEOG 121: Globalization and World Regions
- GEOG 225: Geography of Europe
- GEOG 311: Cultural Geography
Kopack, Robert. 2021. “Baikonur 2.0: “Inland-Offshore” Space Economies in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan.” Culture, Theory, and Critique, special issue “Theorizing Special Territorial Status and Extraterritoriality.” DOI: 10.1080/14735784.2021.1929363 (special issue editor).
Kopack, Robert. 2020. “Rocket Wastelands in Kazakhstan: Authoritarian Governance and the Baikonur Cosmosdrome.” In Environmental Governance in an Populist/Authoritarian Era. James McCarthy, ed. Abingdon: Routledge.
Kopack, Robert. 2019. “Rocket Wastelands in Kazakhstan: Authoritarian Governance and the Baikonur Cosmodrome.” Annals of the American Association of American Geographers. 109(2):556-567, special issue: “Environmental Governance in Authoritarian and Populist Regimes.”
Special Issue Guest Editor
Androus, Zachary, Magadalena Stawkowski, and Robert Kopack. 2021. “Introduction: Special Territorial Status and Extraterritoriality.” Culture, Theory and Critique, special issue “Special TerritorialStatus and Extraterritoriality.” DOI: 10.1080/14735784.2021.1942109.