Joshua Barkan

Joshua Barkan

Joshua Barkan

Joshua Barkan

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Joshua Barkan

Associate Professor

Phone: 706-542-2110
Fax: 706-542-2388
Office: Geog-Geol Bldg, 210 Field Street, Athens, Georgia 30602, Room 104

Research Interests

critical social theory; legal and economic geography; corporations and sovereignty; globalization and state theory




  • Ph.D. American Studies (2006), University of Minnesota

Selected Publications


Barkan, Joshua. 2013. Corporate Sovereignty: Law and Government under Capitalism. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Articles and Chapters

Barkan, Joshua and Laura Pulido. In press. Justice: An Epistolary Exchange, Annals of the Association of American Geographers

Barkan, Joshua. 2015. “Sovereignty,” in Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Geography, John Agnew, Virginie Mamadouh, Anna Secor and Joanne Sharp, eds. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 48-60.

Barkan, Joshua. 2012. Roberto Esposito’s Political Biology and Corporate Forms of Life, Law, Culture, and the Humanities, 12(1): 84–101

Barkan, Joshua. 2012. “Corporations as Disciplinary Institutions,” in Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Economic Geography, T. Barnes, J. Peck, and E. Sheppard, eds. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 472–485.

Barkan, Joshua. 2011. Law and the Geographic Analysis of Globalization, Progress in Human Geography, 35(5): 589–607

Barkan, Joshua. 2010. Liberal Government and the Corporate Person, Journal of Cultural Economy, 3(1): 53–68 

Barkan, Joshua. 2009. Use Beyond Value: Giorgio Agamben and a Critique of Capitalism, Rethinking Marxism, 21(2): 243–259.

Book reviews and other writing

Barkan, Joshua. 2016. “Commentary on Contesting the Arctic: Politics and Imaginaries in the Circumpolar North” AAG Review of Books, 4(3): 174-176.

Barkan, Joshua. 2016. Review of Private Governance by Edward Peter Stringham. Enterprise and Society. 17(3): 704-707.

Barkan, Joshua. 2013. “Review Essay: Addressing the People,” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 31(4): 745-752.

Barkan, Joshua. 2012. “Liberalism, Sovereignty, and Politics: A Response to Joel Wainwright and Geoff Mann’s ‘Climate Leviathan’,”

Graduate Students

Sanchez, Cory

Research Interests

My research investigates how capitalist structuring of cities is being integrated with homeless poverty governance and “homeless” identity formation in the context of the campus model (combination of shelter and social services). I query how the campus model as growing trend in the U.S. is created and implemented. My dissertation examines one such model in Phoenix, Arizona called the Human Services Campus, where I aim to understand the ways this model potentially confines homeless people spatially, systemizes new forms of police and management, and constitutes power relations forming “homeless identities” within this often marginalized group of people.