Tim Cresswell

Tim Cresswell

Professor of History and International Affairs; Associate Director for Public Humanities, Humanities Center
education Ph.D., 1992, Geography
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mailing address 210F RP
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Tim Cresswell is a professor of history and international affairs, as well as the associate director for public humanities at the Northeastern Humanities Center. His research interests center on the role of geographical ways of thinking in the constitution of social and cultural life both historically and in the present day western world. Examples include the way in which notions of place and notions of mobility are enacted and represented in fields including medicine, transport planning, social justice movements, poetry, photography and music. His work on mobility and its historical constitution  can be found in On the Move: Mobility in the Modern Western World (Routledge, 2006). Here, the development of a theoretical approach to mobility in the book is based around a series of case studies ranging from the scale of the body (in the workplace or the dancehall for instance), through various forms of migration to the international airport. Research on mobility is an on-going project. Cresswell co-edited the volume Geographies of Mobiltiies: Practices, Spaces, Subjects (Ashgate, 2011).

The second major focus of Cresswell’s research is “place.” Most recently he has explored a particular place, Maxwell Street Market in Chicago, in an effort to find new ways of writing about and exploring a place as it has changed over 130 years. This will lead to a monograph which will include a meso-level theorization of place intended to take our understanding of place forward in helpful ways.

Cresswell is also a poet and he explores similar themes in his debut collection Soil (Penned in the Margins, 2013).

Selected Publications

Cresswell T (2012 – under contract) Place: A Short Introduction (Blackwell) Second Edition.

Cresswell T (ed) (being commissioned) The Princeton Guide to Place (Princeton

University Press)


Cresswell T and Weems J (2013 – being commissioned) Eadward Muybridge and the Mobile Image (working title). Defining Moments in American Photography series     (University of California Press)


Cresswell T (2013) Geographic Thought: A Critical Introduction



Cresswell T and Merriman P (eds) (2011) Geographies of Mobilities: Practices, Spaces,

Subjects (Ashgate)


Cresswell T and Uteng P (eds) (2008) Gendered Mobilities (Ashgate)


*Cresswell T (2006) On the Move: Mobility in the Modern Western World (Routledge)


Cresswell T (2004) Place: A Short Introduction (Blackwell)

Translated into Chinese and published by Socio Editions, Taipei (2006).

Translated into Korean and published by Sigma, Seoul (2012).


Cresswell T and Verstraete G (eds) (2003) Mobilizing Place, Placing Mobility: The

Politics of Representation in a Globalized World (Rodopi Editions)


Cresswell T and Dixon D (eds) (2002) Engaging Film: Geographies of Mobility and

Identity (Rowman and Littlefield)


Cresswell T (2001) The Tramp in America (Reaktion Books)


Cresswell T (1996) In Place/Out of Place: Geography, Ideology and Transgression

(University of Minnesota Press)

Selected Honors & Awards

2012 Arts and Humanities Research Council – Research Fellow.

2011 Lennart Andersson Memorial Lecture, Karlstad, Sweden.

2010 The Alexander Von Humboldt Lecture, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

2009 Geographical Association Award for Leadership in Geography.

2008-2009 Inaugural Swiss Chair in Mobility Studies, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland.

2002 Visiting Assistant Professor (Global Migrations Programme), Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, USA.

2002-2005 Economic and Social Research Council – Research Fellow.

Professional Associations & Affiliations

2006-2013               Member of Departmental Research Committee (Royal Holloway)

2006-2013              Member of Departmental Promotions Committee (Royal Holloway)

2006-2013              Departmental Representative on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Royal Holloway)