I am a nature-society geographer. My primary areas of specialization are political ecology, critical resource geography, and environmental history. I have extensive research experience in the Andean region of South America, especially in Peru.
287.003Independent Study - Geography
Courses that I teach on a regular basis at ISU include Human Geography (GEO 142), Environment, Resources, and Sustainability (GEO 205), Geography of Latin America (GEO 235a02), Political Ecology (GEO 334), and Economic Geography (GEO 342). In all my classes, I seek to foster students' capacities to think critically and to develop informed, nuanced understandings of important real-world issues.
In broad terms, I am interested in three dimensions of human-environment interactions: (a) the processes through which elements of the natural world are thought of, valued, and incorporated into the economy as resources; (b) the socio-environmental implications of resource exploitation; and (c) the forms of social mobilization and protest that resource-industry expansion generates. In recent years, my research has focused on the drivers and effects of changing patterns of mineral development in Peru, in both contemporary and historical periods. Through this research, I address issues including the role of science in the identification, exploitation, and management of natural resources; the implications of shifting governance frameworks for resource-use dynamics and conflicts; and the rise of sustainability and corporate social responsibility in government and resource-industry discourse and practice. I am especially interested in the unequal impacts of resource-centered development policies, the uneven power dynamics that characterize encounters at the extractive frontier, and how historically marginalized communities organize to defend their rights and interests in the face of extractive-industry expansion.
Himley, M. 2017. Review of Environmental Governance in Latin America by Fábio de Castro, Barbara Hogenboom, and Michiel Baud (eds.). Latin American Politics and Society 59 (2): 165-168.
Himley, M. 2017. Review of Resource Extraction and Protest in Peru by Moisés Arce. Bulletin of Latin American Research 36 (1): 129-131.
Luthra, A., Y. Aoyama, M. Himley, M. T. Huber, M. B. Teitz, and E. Schoenberger. 2017. Book review forum: Nature, Choice and Social Power by Erica Schoenberger. AAG Review of Books 5 (1): 62-73.
Himley, M. 2015. Review of Social Conflict, Economic Development and Extractive Industry: Evidence from South America by Anthony Bebbington (ed.). Conservation and Society 13 (3): 321-322.
Himley, M. 2015. Review of Unearthing Conflict: Corporate Mining, Activism, and Expertise in Peru by Fabiana Li. The Extractive Industries and Society 2 (4): 840-841.
Valdivia, G., M. Himley, and E. Havice. 2022. Critical resource geography: An introduction. In The Routledge Handbook of Critical Resource Geography, eds. M. Himley, E. Havice, and G. Valdivia, 1-20. New York, NY: Routledge. (Published in July 2021)
Himley, M. 2020. Underground geopolitics: Science, race and territory in Peru during the late nineteenth century. In A Research Agenda for Environmental Geopolitics, ed. S. O’Lear, 74-87. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Himley, M. 2016. Mining, property, and the reordering of socionatural relations in Peru. In Mining in Latin America: Critical Approaches to the New Extraction, eds. K. Deonandan and M. L. Dougherty, 208-226. New York: Routledge.
Himley, M. 2014. Los límites de la solución tecnológica: Minería, agua y poder en el Perú. In Minería, Agua y Justicia Social en los Andes: Experiencias Comparativas de Perú y Bolivia, ed. T. Perreault, 59-79. Cuzco, Peru and La Paz, Bolivia: Centro Bartolomé de las Casas and Programa de Investigación Estratégica en Bolivia.
Himley, M., E. Havice, and G. Valdivia, eds. 2022. The Routledge Handbook of Critical Resource Geography. New York, NY: Routledge. (Published in July 2021)
Himley, M. 2017. Environment and development. In The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, eds. D. Richardson, N. Castree, M. F. Goodchild, A Kobayashi, W. Liu, and R. A. Marston, 1-12. Malden, Oxford: John Wiley and Sons. Available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/9781118786352.
Himley, M. 2012. Mining (Andes). In The Encyclopedia of Sustainability, Vol. 8: The Americas and Oceania: Assessing Sustainability, eds. S. G. Beavis, M. Dougherty, and T. Gonzales, 166-169. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing.
Himley, M. 2021. The future lies beneath: Mineral science, resource-making, and the (de)differentiation of the Peruvian underground. Political Geography 87 (May): 102373.
Marston, A. and M. Himley. 2021. Earth politics: Territory and the subterranean – Introduction to the special issue. Political Geography 88 (June): 102407.
Frederiksen, T. and M. Himley. 2020. Tactics of dispossession: Access, power, and subjectivity at the extractive frontier. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 45 (1): 50-64.
Himley, M. and A. Marston. 2020. Geographies of the underground in Latin America. Journal of Latin American Geography 19 (1): 172-181.
Himley, M. 2019. Extractivist geographies: Mining and development in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Peru. Latin American Perspectives 46 (2): 27-46.
2020. “The future lies beneath: Mineral science, resource-making, and the (de)differentiation of the Peruvian underground,” paper presented at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (sponsored by Department of Geography), Chapel Hill, NC, February
2020. “Underground geopolitics: Science, race and territory in Peru during the late nineteenth century,” paper presented at 36th Conference of Latin American Geography, Antigua, Guatemala, January
2018. “Making minerals modern: Mineral science and political economy in late-nineteenth-century Peru,” paper presented at American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April
2018. “Mineral science, resource-making, and the production of the three-dimensional territory in late-19th-century Peru,” paper presented at Northern Illinois University (sponsored by Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences), DeKalb, IL, September
2018. “The future lies beneath: Mineral science, resource-making, and territorial production in late-nineteenth-century Peru,” paper presented at Indiana University Bloomington (sponsored by Department of Geography), Bloomington, IN, November
2017. “Making minerals modern: Science, legibility, and mining in late-19th-century Peru,” paper presented at XXXV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Lima, Peru, April
2016. Panelist, "Author-meets-critics: Erica Schoenberger's Nature, Choice and Social Power," discussion panel session at American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April
2016. Panelist, "Critical environmental governance I: Power and politics in the material world," discussion panel session at American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April
2015. “Selectively integrated: Mining and development in late-19th-century Peru,” paper presented at Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April
2015. “Territorial knowledge: Resource science, development, and the nation in late-19th-century Peru,” paper presented at Augustana College (sponsored by Geography Department, Latin American Studies, and History Department), Rock Island, IL, April