Peter Kabachnik

I am a Professor of Geography, and Coordinator of the Geography program, at the College of Staten Island-CUNY.

Dr. Peter Kabachnik, Professor of Geography, was hired at the College of Staten Island-CUNY in 2008 and became a part of the Graduate Center graduate faculty in Earth and Environmental Sciences in 2011. He received his PhD in Geography (2007) from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). He is a political and cultural geographer, […]

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[political geography] [cultural geography] [geopolitics] [memorialized landscapes] [cultural memory] [cult of personality] [Georgia] [Caucasus] [post-Soviet space] [Roma] [Gypsies] [Travelers] [displacement] [refugees] [IDPs] [space] [place] [mobility] [nomadism]


Ph.D, Geography, University of California—Los Angeles (UCLA), 2007

M.A., Geography, Rutgers University, 2002

B.A., English, Rutgers University, 1999

  • Professor of GeographyPolitical Science and Global AffairsCollege of Staten Island

[Refereed Journal Articles]

Kabachnik, Peter, Grabowska, Magda, Regulska, Joanna, Mitchneck, Beth, and Mayorova, Olga V. 2013. “Traumatic Masculinities: The Gendered Geographies of Georgian IDPs from Abkhazia.” Gender, Place, and Culture. 20 (6): 773-793.

Kabachnik, Peter and Ryder, Andrew. 2013. “Nomadism and the 2003 Anti-Social Behaviour Act: Constraining Gypsy and Traveller Mobilities in Britain.” Romani Studies. 23 (1): 83-106.

Kabachnik, Peter. 2013. “Prison, Nuisance, or Spectacle?: The 2009 “Cell” Protests in Tbilisi, Georgia.” Geopolitics. 18 (1): 1-23.

Kabachnik, Peter. 2012. “Shaping Abkhazia: Cartographic Anxieties and the Making and Remaking of the Abkhazian Geobody.” Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. 14 (4): 397- 415.

Kabachnik, Peter. 2012. “Nomads and Mobile Places: Disentangling Place, Space, and Mobility.” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. 19 (2): 210-228.

Kabachnik, Peter, Regulska, Joanna, and Mitchneck, Beth. 2012. “Displacing Blame: Georgian Internally Displaced Person Perspectives of the Georgia-Abkhazia Conflict.” Ethnopolitics. 11 (2): 123-140.

Kabachnik, Peter. 2012. “Wounds That Won’t Heal: Cartographic Anxieties and the Quest for Territorial Integrity in Georgia.” Central Asian Survey. 31 (1): 45-60.

Kabachnik, Peter, Regulska, Joanna, and Mitchneck, Beth. 2010. “Where and When is Home? The Double Displacement of Georgian IDPs from Abkhazia.” The Journal of Refugee Studies. 23 (3): 315-336.

Kabachnik, Peter. 2010. “England or Uruguay?: The Persistence of Place and the Myth of the Placeless Gypsy.” Area. 42 (2): 198-207.

Kabachnik, Peter. 2010. “Place Invaders: Constructing the Nomadic Threat in England.” Geographical Review. 100 (1): 90-108.

Kabachnik, Peter. 2009. “To Choose, Fix, or Ignore Culture? The Cultural Politics of Gypsy and Traveler Mobility in England.” Social and Cultural Geography. 10 (4): 461-479.

Kabachnik, Peter. 2009. “The Culture of Crime: Examining Representations of Irish Travelers in Traveller and The Riches.” Romani Studies. 19 (1): 49-64.

Book Reviews and Other Publications

Kabachnik, Peter. 2013. “Book Review – The Caucasus Under Soviet Rule.” Central Asian Survey. 32 (1): 102-104.

Jimenez, Jeremy and Kabachnik, Peter. 2012. “The Other Iraq: Exploring Iraqi Kurdistan.” FOCUS on Geography. 55 (2): 31-40. (Refereed)

Kabachnik, Peter. 2007. “Book Review – Here to Stay: The Gypsies and Travellers of Britain.” Romani Studies. 17 (2): 250-254.

Kovács, Melinda and Kabachnik, Peter. 2001. “A Kvantitatív másság felfedezése: Az EU diskurzusa az 1997- esországvéleményekben .” (Hungarian translation of “Shedding Light on the Quantitative Other”). Replika. 45-46 (November): 61-88. (Reprinted)

Mitchell, James K., Kabachnik, Peter, Donovan, Robert, Noguchi, Junko and Mitchell, Tom. 2001. “Field Observations of Lower Manhattan in the Aftermath of the World Trade Center Disaster: September 30th, 2001.” Quick Response Report 139, Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Access at: