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PhD, Geography, Syracuse University,  May 2019

Dissertation title – Malleable Territories: The Politics and Effects of Mining Governance in Post-Soviet Georgia

Committee – Drs. Natalie Koch (Advisor), Tom Perreault, Jamie Winders, Matt Huber, Jessica Graybill (Colgate University), Brian Taylor (Chair)

MA, Geography, University of Arizona,  May 2013

Thesis title – Exceptional Forests: Forest governance, state structure, and territory in the Republic of Georgia

Committee – Drs. Beth Mitchneck (Advisor), Paul Robbins, Tracey Osborne

BA, Geography, Colgate University, May 2007

Summa Cum Laude, with Honors and High Distinction, Dean’s List, Film & Media Studies minor

Thesis title – A Drop in the Wave: Individual and Global Perceptions of Transformation in the Post-Socialist Albanian Diaspora



Journal Articles

Swann-Quinn, J. (UNDER REVIEW). “Toward Extractive Archipelagos.” Under review.

Swann-Quinn, J. (2019). “Mining the Homeland: Imagining Resources, Nation, and Territory in Post-Soviet Georgia.” Eurasian Geography and Economics 60(2), 119–151.

Swann-Quinn, J. (2019). “More-Than-Human Government and the Tbilisi Zoo Flood.” Geoforum 102: 167-81.

Quinn, J. (2017). “gatekhili Mountains, gatekhili State: Fractured alpine forest governance and post-Soviet development in the Republic of Georgia.” Journal of Alpine Research | Revue de géographie alpine: 105-1.

Book Chapters

Swann-Quinn, J. (FORTHCOMING). “Digging Deep: Crossing Scale in the Georgian Mining Industry.” In A Research Agenda for Environmental Geopolitics, O’Lear, S. (ed.), Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Reviews, Reports, and Edited Volumes

Quinn, J. (2017). “Review of Grimm, Dieter, ‘Sovereignty: the origin and future of a political and legal concept’.” H-Citizenship, H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences.

House-Peters, L, S. Kelly-Richards, L. Radonic, J. Minor, and J. Quinn. (2013). Public political ecology field course: Report on a two-day critical theory and mixed methods course. Public Political Ecology Lab,

Owen, G., & J. Quinn. (Eds.). (2013). making sense – a creative exploration of sensing the world. you are here: the journal of creative geography (Vol. 16). Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona. Retrieved from




Field Research Travel Award, Eurasia Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers ($250)

Graduate/Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Research Institute of the South Caucasus ($1500)


Public Humanities Fellowship, New York Council for the Humanities ($8000)


Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography – Documentary and Long Form, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; “Untamed Americas,” National Geographic Television, Associate Producer

Graduate Fellowship, American Research Institute of the South Caucasus ($1500)


Emmy Awards for Outstanding Cinematography – Nature and Outstanding Music & Sound, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; “Great Migrations,” National Geographic Television, Segment Producer and Associate Producer


National Geographic Society Geography Internship



People’s Choice Award, Syracuse University 3-Minute Thesis Competition

Geography Department Summer Research Fund ($2335)


Geography Department Summer Research Fund ($4000)


Roscoe-Martin Graduate Student Dissertation Research Support, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs ($1000)

Geography Department Summer Research Fund ($3500)


Syracuse University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Moynihan Institute Center for European Studies Summer Research Grant, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs ($1500)


Colgate University Social Science Undergraduate Research Grant ($2000)


Mining truck and dust, Kazreti, Georgia
Mining truck and dust, Kazreti, Georgia