I am Jen Jack Gieseking, an urban and digital cultural geographer, feminist and queer theorist, American studies scholar, and environmental psychologist. I am engaged in research on co-productions of space and gender and sexual identity in digital and material environments. I am Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky, where I teach courses on digital, urban, and queer geographies. My first monograph, A Queer New York: Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers, 1983-2008, is now out with NYU Press.
I am working on a second book based on the data I gathered from the multigenerational interviews and mental mapping exercises along with new archival research to more closely examine the lesbian-queer relationship to land. Specifically, I am keen to address the practices that work to define lesbian-queer-trans life in and beyond dyke bars and queer parties, namely through activist zaps and organizing, gender expression and styles, kinship and friendship, and sex and desire.
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. I am the Managing Editor of ACME: International Journal of Critical Geography, the only fully OA jounral in geography. 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 a lesbian trans butch queer at that, and use they and he pronouns.