I am Jen Jack Gieseking, an urban cultural geographer, feminist and queer theorist, and environmental psychologist. I am engaged in research on co-productions of space and identity in digital and material environments. My work pays special attention to how such productions support or inhibit social, spatial, and economic justice in regard to gender and sexuality. I am Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky, where I teach courses on digital studies and queer geographies.
I am finishing my second book project, A Queer New York: Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers, 1983-2008, which is under contract with NYU Press. My mixed ethnographic / archival approach resulted in his rethinking the construction of “data” to produce a series of LGBTQ data visualizations about queer history, a project of visualizing the invisible. These data visualizations, which will soon include an extensive series of interactive maps I am drafting, will afford an interactive, public queer history in the form as complementary A Queer New York website. I am also conducting research on trans people’s use of Tumblr as a site of cultural production, and a hub for co-produced medical knowledge. As a side project, I annually update a Gender, Sexuality, and Space Reading List, extending the work I contributed to for years in restructuring the 25+-year old Gender & Geography Bibliography.
My first book is The People, Place, and Space Reader, co-edited with William Mangold, Cindi Katz, Setha Low, and Susan Saegert, out with Routledge. I have held fellowships with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation as German Chancellor Fellow; The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics; The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies; and the Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellows Program.
A member of the ACME: International Journal of Critical Geography editorial collective board, I am also a board member of the Rainbow Heritage Network. Perhaps one of the most significant contributions of my existence, I contributed to writing and reviewing the National Parks Service’s LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History. I identify as a woman, and use he/him/his pronouns.