Matthew Farish, Associate Professor


Home Campus:
U of T St. George

UBC (2003)

Other Degrees:
BA Hons., UBC (1998)

Contact Information:

Phone:    (416) 978-6671
Location: Room 5040, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)

Twitter: @mattfarish

Personal Website:

Research Interests:

  • Militarism and geopolitics
  • The Cold War
  • Environmental history
  • Urban culture

Teaching This Academic Year:

GGR240H1F –  Historical Geography of North America
GGR1705H1S – Historical Geographies of Modernity
SII199H1F – Political Spaces (“Blank Spots and Sacrifice Zones”)

Selected Publications:

The Contours of America’s Cold War (University of Minnesota Press, 2010).

“The Ordinary Cold War: The Ground Observer Corps and Mid-Century Militarization in the United States,” Journal of American History (in press, December 2016).

“Canons and Wars: American Military Geography and the Limits of Disciplines,” Journal of Historical Geography 49 (2015), 39-48.

“The Lab and the Land: Overcoming the Arctic in Cold War Alaska,” Isis 104.1 (2013), 1-29.


Research Clusters:
Cities and Everyday Life, Nature, Society and Environmental Change, Political Spaces