UCL Department of Geography


Jason Dittmer

I am the author of Diplomatic Material: Affect, Assemblage, and Foreign Policy (Duke University Press, 2017), Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero: Metaphors, Narratives, and Geopolitics (Temple University Press, 2013) and Popular Culture, Geopolitics, and Identity (Rowman and Littlefield, 1st ed. 2010; 2nd ed. 2019).

I am also the editor (or co-editor) of Diplomatic Cultures and International Politics: Translations, Spaces and Alternatives (Routledge, 2016), Geopolitics: An Introductory Reader (Routledge, 2014), the Ashgate Research Companion to Media Geography (Ashgate, 2014), Comic Book Geographies (Franz Steiner, 2014), and Mapping the End Times: American Evangelical Geopolitics and Apocalyptic Visions (Routledge, 2010).

Editorial Board Member: Political Geography; Geopolitics; Emotions, Space and Society

More about Professor Dittmer

Thinking about how the past can be incorporated into the present in new, politically emancipatory ways, has the potential to unlock contemporary conflicts. My current research examines British colonial heritage and the way it is incorporated into political assemblages from the local (e.g., Gibraltar) to the global (e.g., the UNESCO World Heritage programme). 


I teach on the following modules:

  • Overseas Field Course: Gibraltar (GEOG0063, Convenor)
  • Geo-Politics (GEOG0084, Convenor)

I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. 


To view Professor Dittmer's publications, please visit UCL Profiles: 


Research Interests

Please contact me if you are interested in conducting PhD study in any of the following topics, or if you have an innovative and different idea in which you think I might be interested:

  • Geopolitical and/or diplomatic assemblages
  • Critical approaches to spaces of diplomacy and the military
  • Heritage and the politics of time

In my work, I try to build up networks of interested stakeholders so that collaboration can emerge organically. At present, I am working with a range of partner organisations involved in heritage in Gibraltar, from the Gibraltar Heritage Trust to HM Government of Gibraltar to Alabaré Christian Care and Support.

Research Students

Current students

Past graduates

  • Dr Amil Mohanan
  • Dr Bharath Ganesh
  • Dr Sam Page
  • Dr Joe Thorogood
  • Dr Pooya Ghoddousi
Research Grants, Prizes and Awards
  • UCL Education Award (2019)
  • Georg Bollenbeck Fellow, University of Siegen (2017)
  • UCL Student Choice Award for Outstanding Teaching (2016)
  • AHRC Fellowship (2013) – Diplomacy in translation: British foreign policy as a techno-cultural assemblage. AH/K008110/1
  • AHRC Research Networking Grant (2012) – Diplomatic Cultures: Translations, spatialities, and alternatives. Co-I was Fiona McConnell. AH/J013900/1
  • IRIS Fellowship, University of Western Sydney (2012): Battlefield thanatourism at the Australian War Memorial
  • Richard Morrill Public Outreach Award (2011): from the Political Geography Specialty Group of the AAG
  • Wells/Warren Professor of the Year (2007):    voted on by the entire student body of Georgia Southern University
  • Stanley D. Brunn Young Scholar Award (2006), from the Political Geography Specialty Group of the AAG