Below are sections of my reading list that I compiled for my preliminary/qualifying exams in Human Geography at University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am indebted to many professors and colleagues in graduate seminars and conferences who directed me to these excellent sources. This is not meant to be an exhaustive or definitive list. I have selected sources that I wanted to read and those that closely resonated with my own research interests. I hope it is useful for other students and scholars of Human Geography and allied disciplines. Many thanks to Prof. Stephen Young for his comments and guidance.


Debates about the historiography (and geography) of Geography

  • Livingstone, D. 1993. The geographical tradition: Episodes in the history of a contested enterprise. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Domosh, M. 1991. Towards a feminist historiography of geography. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 16, 1, 95–104
  • Rose, G. 1993. Feminism and geography: the limits of geographical knowledge. Cambridge: Polity Press
  • Barnes, T. and Farish, M. 2004. Between regions: science, militarism and American Geography from World War to Cold War. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 96, 4, 807–826
  • Cox, K. 2014. Making Human Geography. Guildford Press

Theorizing Space, Place, and Scale

  • Foucault, M. 1980. “Questions on Geography” in C. Gordon [ed.] (1980) Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972–1977. New York: Pantheon, 63–77
  • Bondi, L. and Domosh, M. 1992. Other figures in other places: on feminism, postmodernism and geography. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 10, 199-213
  • Gregory, D. 2004. The colonial present: Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq. Malden, MA: Blackwell
  • Myers, G. 2003. Verandahs of Power: Colonialism and Space in Urban Africa. Syracuse University Press
  • Marston, S., Jones III, J. P., & Woodward, K. 2005. Human geography without scale. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 30, 416-432
  • Massey, D. 2005. “The elusiveness of place” from For space. London: Sage
  • Harvey, D. 2006. “Space as a keyword” from Spaces of global capitalism: Towards a theory of uneven geographical development. London: Verso
  • Legg, S. 2007. Spaces of Colonialism: Delhi’s Urban Governmentalities. Wiley Blackwell

Methodologies and Fieldwork Techniques

  • Katz, C. 1992. All the world is staged: Intellectuals and the projects of ethnography. Environment & Planning D: Society & Space 10, 5, 495–510
  • England, K. 1994. Getting Personal: Reflexivity, positionality, and feminist research. Professional Geographer 46, 80–9
  • L. Star, “The ethnography of infrastructure.” American Behavioral Scientist 43:3 (1999), 377-391.
  • Herbert, S. 2000. For Ethnography. Progress in Human Geography 24, 550–568
  • Hart, G., 2004. Geography and development: critical ethnographies. Progress in Human Geography, 28, 1, 91-100
  • Cook, I. (2004), Follow the Thing: Papaya. Antipode, 36: 642-664.
  • Peck, J. & Theodore, N. 2012. Follow the Policy: A Distended Case Approach. Environment and planning A: Economy and Space 44, 1, 21–30
  • Billo, E. and Mountz, A., 2016. For institutional ethnography: Geographical approaches to institutions and the everyday. Progress in Human Geography, 40, 2, 199-220.
  • Faria, C. and Mollett, S. 2016. Critical feminist reflexivity and the politics of whiteness in the ‘field’. Gender, Place & Culture, 23, 1, 79-93
  • Harvey, P. 2012. “The Topological Quality of Infrastructural Relation: An Ethnographic Approach.” Theory, Culture & Society 29 (4–5): 76–92.

Geographies of Economic Development

  • Economic Geography: A Critical Introduction.
  • Lawson, V. 2007. Making Development Geography. Hodder Arnold Press.
  • Karl Marx. 1982. “Commodity Fetishism,” from Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, translatedby Ben Fowkes (New York: Penguin Books, 1982), pp. 164-169.
  • Karl Marx, “The Communist Manifesto,” “Wage Labor and Capital” and “The British rule in India,” the latter excerpted from in The Development Reader, Chari and Corbridge.
  • I. Lenin. 1916. Chapters V-VIII, Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism., pp. 75-107.
  • Polanyi, K. 1944. The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time. 
  • Arjun Appurdai, “‘Introduction: Commodities and the Politics of Value,” in The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural, ed. Arjun Appadurai (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986), pp. 3–63.


  • Truffer, B. (2008). Society, Technology, and Region: Contributions from the Social Study of Technology to Economic Geography. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 40(4), 966–985.
  • Peck, J. 2013. Disembedding Polanyi: exploring Polanyian economic geographies.

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  • Harvey, D. 2017. Marx, Capital, and the madness of economic reason. Oxford University Press
  • Christophers, B., R. Lave, J. Peck & M. Werner [eds.] 2018. The Doreen Massey Reader. Columbia University Press
  • Gibson-Graham, J.K. 2006. A Post-Capitalist Politics. University of Minnesota Press
  • Peck, J. 2010. Constructions of Neoliberal Reason. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Werner, M. 2016. Global Displacements: the making of uneven development in the Caribbean. Wiley–Blackwell
  • Cowen, D. 2014. The deadly life of logistics: Mapping violence in global trade. University of Minnesota Press
  • Fredericks, R. 2018. Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of labor in Dakar, Senegal. Duke University Press
  • Sheppard, E. 2010. Geographical political economy. Journal of Economic Geography, 11, 2, 319–331
  • Radcliffe, S. 2005. Development and geography: towards a postcolonial development geography? Progress in Human Geography 29, 3, 291-298
  • Pollard, J., McEwan, C. Laurie, N. & Stenning, A. 2009. Economic geography under postcolonial scrutiny. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 34, 2, 137-142
  • Mawdsley, E. 2017. Development geography Part 1. Progress in Human Geography
  • Mawdsley, E. 2018. Development geography Part 2. Progress in Human Geography
  • O’Neill, P. 2018. The financialisation of urban infrastructure: A framework of analysis.Urban Studies.
  • Elyachar, J. (2010) ‘Phatic labour, infrastructure, and the question of empowerment in Cairo’, American Ethnologist, 37, 3: 452–64.

Geographies and Anthropologies of South Asia

  • Said, E. 1979. New York: Vintage Books.
  • Gupta, A. 1998. Postcolonial Developments: Agriculture in the Making of Modern India. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Chakrabarthy, D. 2000. Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
  • Sivaramakrishnan and Agrawal. 2003. Regional Modernities: The Cultural Politics of Development in India. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
  • Chatterjee, P. 2008. Democracy and Economic Transformation in India. Economic & Political Weekly 43, 16
  • CHATTERJEE, P. (2012). After Subaltern Studies. Economic and Political Weekly,47(35), 44-49. Retrieved April 18, 2020, from
  • Nagar, R., 2014. Muddying the waters: Coauthoring feminisms across scholarship and activism. University of Illinois Press.
  • Birkenholtz, T. 2016. Dispossessing irrigators: Water grabbing, supply-side growth and farmer resistance in India. Geoforum 69, 94-105
  • Carswell, G. et al 2019. Waiting for the state: Gender, citizenship and everyday encounters with bureaucracy in India. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 37, 4, 597–616
  • Doshi, S. & Ranganathan, M. 2017. Contesting the unethical city: Land dispossession and corruption narratives in urban India. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 107, 1, 183-199
  • Ghertner, A. 2014. India’s urban revolution: geographies of displacement beyond gentrification. Environment and Planning A 46, 7, 1554-1571
  • Gidwani, V. 2015. The work of waste: inside India’s infra‐economy. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 40, 4, 575–595
  • Smith S.H. & Gergan, M. 2015. The diaspora within: Himalayan youth, education-driven migration, and future aspirations in India. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 33, 1, 119-135
  • Roy, A. 2016. When is Asia? The Professional Geographer 68, 2, 313-321
  • Scrace, T., Rutten, M., Ganguly-Scrase, R., Brown, T. 2015. Beyond the metropolis—Regional globalisation and town development in India. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 38, 2, 216–229
  • Kumar, A. 2019. Between metis and techne: politics, possibilities and limits of improvisation. Social & Cultural Geography, DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2019.1645201
  • Partha Mukhopadhyay, Marie-Hélène Zerah, Eric Denis. 2017. Subaltern Urbanization Revisited. India International Centre Quarterly, India International Centre, India, New Delhi, The Comtenporary Urban Conumdrum, 43 (3-4), pp.26-41. ‌halshs-01755990‌
  • Mukhopadhyay, P., Zérah, M.‐H. and Denis, E. (2020), Subaltern Urbanization: Indian Insights for Urban Theory. Int. J. Urban Reg. Res., 44: 582-598. doi:10.1111/1468-2427.12917
  • Young, S., Kumar, S. and Jeffrey, C. (2017), Beyond improvisation? The rise and rise of youth entrepreneurs in north India. Trans Inst Br Geogr, 42: 98-109. doi:1111/tran.12151
  • Gold, G. 2017. Shiptown: Between Rural and Urban North India. University of Pennsylvania Press.

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