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Joshua Hagen



Joshua Hagen joined the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as dean of the College of Letters and Science in 2020. Hagen previously served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, from 2016 to 2020, and prior to that, as chair of the Department of Geography at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, where he was also a professor of geography since 2003. He taught a range of classes and has maintained an active record of scholarly publications and conference presentations. He has received research grants and awards from numerous organizations, including the German Academic Exchange Service, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Fulbright Scholar Program and Gerda Henkel Foundation. Hagen was awarded Marshall University’s Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award as the Senior Faculty in Arts, Business, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences in 2013-2014. He earned doctoral and master’s degrees in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a bachelor’s degree in geography and political science from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Hagen enjoys cooking, running, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, kayaking, camping, fishing and most anything outdoors.

Selected Publications

  • Diener, Alexander C., and Joshua Hagen, Borders: A Very Short Introduction, 2nd ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, under contract).
  • Hagen, Joshua, Historic Preservation in Nazi Germany: Spaces, Places, and Landscapes of Memory (New York: Oxford University Press, under contract).
  • Diener, Alexander C., and Joshua Hagen, eds., Invisible Borders in a Bordered World: Power, Mobility, and Belonging (London: Routledge, 2023).
  • Diener, Alexander C., and Joshua Hagen, The Power of Place in Place Attachment (London: Taylor & Francis, 2023); reprint of special issue Alexander C. Diener and Joshua Hagen, eds., “The Power of Place in Place Attachment,” Geographical Review 112, no. 1 (2020).
  • Hagen, Joshua, “Geographies of Totalitarianism in Village, Town, and Countryside: Architecture, Landscape Design, and Spatial Planning in Nazi Germany,” in Spatializing Authoritarianism, ed. Natalie Koch. (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2002), 61-84.
  • Hagen, Joshua, “The City as a Composition: Working through Geographies of Memory, Identity, and Belonging,” in The Politics of Spatial Transgressions in the Arts, eds. Greg Blair and Noa Bronstein (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), 67-85.
  • Hagen, Joshua, and Robert C. Ostergren, Building Nazi Germany: Place, Space, Architecture, and Ideology (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2020).
  • Diener, Alexander C., and Joshua Hagen, “Border Control as a Technology of Social Control,” in The Handbook of Social Control, ed. Mathieu Deflem (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2019), 403-415.
  • Diener, Alexander C., and Joshua Hagen, eds., The City as Power: Urban Space, Place, and National Identity (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).
  • Hagen, Joshua, “Historic Preservation in Nazi Germany: Practices, Patterns, and Politics,” in Heritage at the Interface: Interpretation and Identity, ed. Glenn Hooper (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2018), 56-71.
  • Diener, Alexander C., and Joshua Hagen, “The Political Sociology and Political Geography of Borders” in Sage Handbook of Political Sociology, eds. William Outhwaite and Stephen P. Turner (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2018), 330-346.
  • Diener, Alexander C., and Joshua Hagen, “Changing Modalities of Power in the Twenty-First Century,” in Border Politics: Defining Spaces of Governance and Forms of Transgression, eds. Cengiz Günay and Nina Witjes (New York: Springer, 2017), 15-32.
  • Hagen, Joshua, “Places of Memory and Memories of Places in Nazi Germany,” in Memory, Place and Identity: Commemoration and Remembrance of War and Conflict, eds. Danielle Drozdzewski, Sarah De Nardi, and Emma Waterton (London: Routledge, 2016), 236-254.
  • Hagen, Joshua, “Social Engineering, National Demography, and Political Economy in Nazi Germany: Gottfried Feder and His New Town Concept,” in Hitler’s Geographies: The Spatialities of the Third Reich, eds. Claudio Minca and Paolo Giaccaria (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016), 218-240.
  • Diener, Alexander C., and Joshua Hagen, From Socialist to Post-Socialist Cities: Cultural Politics of Architecture, Urban Planning, and Identity in Eurasia (London: Routledge, 2015); reprint of special issue Alexander C. Diener and Joshua Hagen, eds., “From Socialist to Post-Socialist Cities: Narrating the Nation through Urban Space,” Nationalities Papers, 41:4 (2013).
  • Diener, Alexander C., and Joshua Hagen, eds., Borderlines and Borderlands: Political Oddities at the Edge of the Nation-State (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010).

Research Interests

  • Borders and border theory
  • Cultural politics of place names
  • Demography, economics, and sustainability
  • Geographies of the pre-modern world
  • Globalization, sovereignty, and territoriality
  • Historic preservation and places of memory
  • Nationalism and homelands
  • Urban design and public space
Dean, College of Letters and Science

200C Chemistry Biology Building


Ph.D. - Philosophy and Geography, Minor in History
University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.S. - Geography
University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A. - Geography and Political Science
University of Northern Iowa