Matthew Farish (he/him), Associate Professor


Administrative Position:
Associate Chair, Undergraduate

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:

  • The US militarization of the planet
  • Landscape, environment, and the Cold War in North America
  • Geographical knowledge and the human sciences
  • Modernism and urban culture

Teaching This Academic Year:

GGR421H1F: Histories of Geographical Thought

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).

“Cold War Planet,” in M. Domosh et al eds., The SAGE Handbook of Historical Geography v.2 (2020).

“Below the Bombs,” in C. Lauzon and J. O’Brian, eds., Through Post-Atomic Eyes (2020), 113-132.

“Making ‘Man in the Arctic’: Academic and Military Entanglements, 1944-49,” in S. Bocking and D. Heidt, eds., Cold Science: Environmental Knowledge in the North American Arctic during the Cold War (2019), 85-106.

“Nuclear Landscapes,” Progress in Human Geography 42.6 (2018), 862-880 (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.

Research Clusters:
Political Spaces