Dr. Alexander Diener
University of Kansas
Dr. Alexander Diener is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Kansas. His thematic interests include political, social, and economic geography, international relations, and political sociology. Much of Dr. Diener’s research has focused on the Central Asian states, Mongolia, and the borderlands of Russia and China. He has authored three books, edited three volumes, and published in a wide array of disciplinary and area-studies journals. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Social Science Research Council (SSRC) International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), FLAS, American Association of Geographers (AAG), Fulbright Program, and the MacArthur Foundation. Dr. Diener has been a two-time Title VIII Research Fellow at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Senior Fellow at George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, a Fulbright Regional Research Scholar for Central Asia, and a Senior Fellow at Harvard University Davis Center. He received graduate degrees in Political Geography, International Relations, and Geography from the University of South Carolina, the University of Chicago, and the University of Wisconsin, respectively. His most recent writings engage the topics of geopolitics and borders, identity and mobility, axial development, citizenship, and urban landscape change.