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, geopolitics, and geographical knowledge
  • The global Cold War
  • Environmental history
  • Urban culture

Teaching This Academic Year:

GGR240H1S: Geographies of Colonialism in North America
GGR360H1S: Culture, History and Landscape

Call For Students:

I am keen to work with an MA student pursuing an archive- or library-based historical project around one or more of the following subjects: critical military geographies; the US Cold War; and urban cultural geographies. My own research is North America-focused, but this is not a requirement.

Selected Publications:

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

“Nuclear Landscapes,” Progress in Human Geography (in press) (with L. Pitkanen).

“The Ordinary Cold War: The Ground Observer Corps and Mid-Century Militarization in the United States,” Journal of American History 103.3 (2016), 629-655.

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

Research Clusters:
Political Spaces