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Le Bosse, Mathias J.

Associate Professor
Graduate Center 107
  • Background Information
    A broadly trained geographer with an extensive and solid background in the humanities, I have a strong interest in the interfaces between cultural geography and political geography. At Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, I teach a variety of courses in human and regional geography.

    Note: Properly spelled (and pronounced), my last name is Le Bossé, with a final e-acute, a letter of the Latin alphabet found in a number of European languages, including English. (See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/É)
  • Biography
    1991 École normale supérieure (Paris), Lettres

    1987 Prix de Géographie, Concours général des lycées, Lycée Louis-le-Grand, Paris
  • Degrees
    2000 Ph.D., Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    2000 Doctorat en Géographie, Université de Paris-Sorbonne
    1997 Diplôme d’études approfondies, Université de Paris-Sorbonne
    1993 Maîtrise de Géographie (M.A.)**, Université de Paris-Panthéon-Sorbonne
    1992 Licence de Géographie (B.A.)*, Université de Paris-Sorbonne

    *Sub-Degrees in Geomorphology, Tropical Geography, and the Regional Geography of Western Europe
    **Degree in Urban/Industrial/Economic Geography, with a thesis on urban rejuvenation in Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.

    All the public higher ed. and research institutions I attended as a student, both in France and in the USA, consistently belong to the Top 40 of the Shanghai Rankings.
  • Publications
    Notable Publications


    with Robert. C. Ostergren, 2011. The Europeans: A Geography of People, Culture, and Environment, Second Edition, New York: Guilford Press


    “Ethnonationalism.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Geography. Ed. Barney Warf. New York: Oxford University Press, 2021.

    “La géographie culturelle et les questions d’identité : quelques aperçus contemporains” [Issues of Identity in Cultural Geography: Contemporary Insights], Géographie et Cultures, 31 (1999), Paris: L’Harmattan, pp.115-126.

    Brazilian Portuguese translation: “As questões de identidades em geografia cultural – algumas concepções contemporâneas” published inter alia in R.L. Corrêa and Z. Rosendahl, eds., 2013. Geografia cultural – Uma antologia, Volume II, pp.221-232, Rio de Janeiro: ed-uerj.
  • Research Interests
    Cultural and Political Geographies, Geographical Thought, Humanistic Geography, Identity

    Nationalism and Regionalism, Memory and Commemorations, Social and Spatial Justice

    Europe, Northern Europe, France, Normandy, Scotland, Denmark, Scandinavia and Norden, Transatlantic Geographies
  • Course Regularly Taught
    Courses Taught at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania since 2005

    GEG020CD – Elements of Cultural Geography

    GEG101 – World Regional Geography

    GEG140 – Geography of Europe

    GEG220 – Economic Geography

    GEG335 – Political Geography

    GEG338 – Population Geography

    GEG380 – Senior Seminar in Geography

    FYS100 - First Year Seminar

    INT010 – Introduction to International Studies

    Additional courses taught at former places of employment:

    Introduction to Environmental Studies (Central Michigan University, 2001-2)

    The European Union (Maxwell School, Syracuse University, 2002-4)

    Junior Seminar in Geography (Maxwell School, Syracuse University, 2002-4)

    French Language and Conversation (Connecticut College, 1995-1996)