Departmental Lecturer in Human Geography and Career Development Fellow

Academic Profile

Dr Hashem Abushama is a Departmental Lecturer and Career Development Fellow at Mansfield College and the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE). He is a human geographer with interests in urban studies, cultural studies, critical development studies and decolonial geographies of the Global South. He holds a DPhil in Human Geography and an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford, and a BA in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College in the United States. He has taught on critical development geographies, urban natures, nature and society, and feminist and Marxist geographies.

Before joining the faculty at Oxford, Abushama worked as a researcher at the London School of Economics (LSE). He has authored a number of academic and journalistic articles on forced migration, arts, urbanization, the archives, and decoloniality.

Current Research


Hashem teaches on 'Critical Development Geographies', 'Qualitative Methods', 'Space, Place and Society', 'Feminist and Marxist geographies' and 'Decolonial geographies'.

Selected Publications

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Book project

  • Articulations: Settler Colonialism, Dispossession and Arts

Selected publications

  • Abushama, H. (2022) Gramsci in the Settler Colony. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.
  • Abushama, H., et al. (2022) The World We Became: Map Quest 2350, a Speculative Atlas Beyond Climate Crisis. Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, 7: 5-51.
  • Abushama, H. (2021) On Refugee Agency, Bio-Politics, and a New World. Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees, 37(2): 30-37.
  • Abushama, H. (2020) Not Our country: On Palestinian Imaginaries for Liberation. In, Isolation, Separation and Quarantine. Al Qattan Foundation. pp. 137-153. Available in both Arabic and English..
  • Abushama, H. (2020) Politics of Portraiture: The Studio of the Krikorians. Jerusalem Quarterly, 81(Spring 2020). Winner of the Ibrahim Dakkak Award for Outstanding Essay on Jerusalem..

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