Joshua Inwood


Hello and welcome to my faculty profile.  I hold a joint appointment with Pennsylvania State University’s Rock Ethics Institute.  I am committed to understanding the material conditions of peace and justice and I engage with these concerns through a variety of research and teaching projects. At its heart my research seeks to understand the social, political and economic structures that make human lives vulnerable to all manner of exploitations, as well as how oppressed populations use social justice movements to change their material conditions.  My research contributes explicitly to the material conditions of peace and justice, and the empowerment of vulnerable populations.   Most recently I have worked on the movement to address human wrongs through truth and reconciliation commissions, specifically the burgeoning truth movement within the United States.  This National Science Foundation funded research has engaged with a truth and reconciliation commission that took place in Greensboro, North Carolina in the late 1990s.  While truth processes have been the focal point of academic discourse for at least a decade, the majority of relevant research has examined them outside of a North American context.  My research has argued that reconciliation processes in the US not only emerge as a site for producing knowledge about past violent events, but also serve as an important avenue for contemporary political activism.  My work has demonstrated how US reconciliation processes link racism and class exploitation with fundamental economic developments that produce violent outcomes.


Other research projects that I have been involved in connect Civil Rights and labor struggles in the U.S. South following the end of segregation, and the way legacies of racism, violence and social activism continue to frame contemporary anti-racist struggles.  My research contributes to literatures on urban spaces, political geographies, justice and historical and cultural geographies. Given the globalizing structure of human vulnerability I contend it is important to see the struggle for social justice, anti-racist activism and human rights in the US within an international framework.  Only through the cultivation of broader international understandings of rights claims can we undertake an academic project that fundamentally transforms human vulnerability while being ethically informed.  The focus on civil rights and violence has led to my engagement with settler colonialism and the legacies of settler societies.  I am always looking for good students and if our research interests broadly align I encourage you to contact me. 

Research Interests

  • critical race theory
  • Peace Geographies
  • Social movements
  • political economy
  • urban geography


  • B.A Michigan State University
  • M.A. Kent State University
  • Ph.D. The University of Georgia


Melanie Barron (University of Tennessee)

Neil Conner (University of Tennessee)

Helen Rosko (University of Tennessee)

Kevin Russell (University of Tennessee)


  • Inwood, J. 2016. "Critical Pedagogy and the Fierce Urgency of Now: Opening up Space for Critical Reflections on the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.  Journal of Social and Cultural Geography.
  • Alderman, D. and Inwood, J.  2016.  "Mobility as Anti-Racism Work: The “Hard Driving” of NASCAR’s Wendell Scott." Annals of the Association of American Geographers.
  • Inwood, J., Alderman, D. and Barron, M.  2016.  "Neoliberal Violence and the U.S. Truth and Reconciliation Movement." Political Geography.  
  • Inwood, J. and Bonds, A.  2016.  "Confronting White Supremacy and a Militaristic Pedagogy in the US Settler Colonial State." Annals of the Association of American Geographers.
  • Inwood, J. and Alderman, D.  2016.  "Taking Down the Flag is Just a Start: Toward the Memory-Work of Racial Reconciliation in White Supremacist America. Southeastern Geographer.
  • Bonds, A. and Inwood, J.  2015.  “Beyond White Privilege: Geographies of White Supremacy and Settler Colonialism.” Progress in Human Geography.
  • Inwood, J. and Barron, M.  2015.  “Life and Death in the Racial State: Collateral Consequences and the Execution of Troy Davis.” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geography.
  • Nagel, C., Inwood, J., Alderman, D., Aggarwal, U., Bolton, C., Holloway, S., Wright, R., Ellis, M., McCutcheon, P., Hankins, K., Walter, A., and Derickson, K.  2015.  "The Legacies of the U.S. Civil Rights Act, Fifty Years On."   Political Geography.
  • Inwood, J.  2015.  "Neoliberal Racism: The "Southern Strategy" and the Expanding Geographies of White Supremacy." Journal of Social and Cultural Geography.  
  • Tyner, J. and Inwood, J.  2014.  "Violence as Fetish: Geography, Marxism and Dialectics" Progress in Human Geography.