John Agnew is Distinguished Professor of Geography and professor of Italian at UCLA, where he received the 2007 Award in Distinguished Teaching. He taught at Syracuse University for 20 years before going to UCLA in 1996.
Agnews research concerns political geography, international political economy, and European urbanization, with a special emphasis on Italy. He is the coeditor of The Sage Handbook of Geographical Knowledge (2010); Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Human Geography (2003); Landscapes, Identities, and Development (2011); and Contemporary Foundations of Space and Place (2002); and the author or coauthor of Globalization and Sovereignty (Outstanding Academic Title, Choice) (2009); Berlusconis Italy: Mapping Contemporary Italian Politics (2008); Hegemony: The New Shape of Global Power (Outstanding Academic Title, Choice) (2005); The Geography of the World Economy (1989); and Making Political Geography (2002). He is past president of the Association of American Geographers, recipient of the associations Distinguished Scholarship Award, and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
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