Dr. James P. Chaney

Assistant Professor

Dr. James P. Chaney
(615) 904-8371
Room 241, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 133, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Departments/Programs

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge (2013)
  • M.S., Western Kentucky University (2007)
  • GCRT, Middle Tennessee State University (2004)
  • B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2001)

Areas of Expertise

Latin America, Migration, Refugee Resettlement, Cultural Geography, Latino South, Qualitative Research 

Biography

Dr. Chaney is a geographer who specializes in immigrant and refugee populations in the American South. His research interests include cultural geography, Latin America, transnational approaches to migration scholarship, the role of "place" in identity formation, landscape transformation, and postcolonial studies. He is currently working on two research projects. The first is an interdisciplinary project with other professors at MTSU that examines the barriers to higher education that refugee ...

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Dr. Chaney is a geographer who specializes in immigrant and refugee populations in the American South. His research interests include cultural geography, Latin America, transnational approaches to migration scholarship, the role of "place" in identity formation, landscape transformation, and postcolonial studies. He is currently working on two research projects. The first is an interdisciplinary project with other professors at MTSU that examines the barriers to higher education that refugee and immigrant students in high school ESL classes face in Tennessee. The second is a study which looks at the residential clustering of Somali refugees in southeast Davidson County.

Before returning to his home state of Tennessee, Dr. Chaney lived and worked in New Orleans, Louisiana. As associate director of a Latino-focused nonprofit organization, he worked with and advocated for southeast Louisiana’s post-Katrina Latino immigrant population. At the same time, he conducted research on the identity formation of Garifuna transmigrants living in the New Orleans’ area.

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Publications

Books:

• Sluyter, A., C. Watkins, J. Chaney, A. Gibson. Hispanic and Latino New Orleans: Immigration and Identity since the Eighteenth Century. Baton Rouge. Louisiana State University Press 2015.

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

Chaney, J., A. Mohamed, S. Williams. Somali Refugee Resettlement and Residential Patterns in Nashville, Tennessee. Southeastern Geographer (Forthcoming 201...

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Books:

• Sluyter, A., C. Watkins, J. Chaney, A. Gibson. Hispanic and Latino New Orleans: Immigration and Identity since the Eighteenth Century. Baton Rouge. Louisiana State University Press 2015.

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

Chaney, J., A. Mohamed, S. Williams. Somali Refugee Resettlement and Residential Patterns in Nashville, Tennessee. Southeastern Geographer (Forthcoming 2018).

• Gibson, A., C. Watkins, J. Chaney, A. Sluyter. 2017. Vínculos Históricos entre Nueva Orleans, Luisiana y Cuba. Revista Universidad de la Habana 283: 44-58.

Chaney, J. 2015. Forging New Paths: Examining the Transnational Social Networks behind Latino Migration in the American South. The Southwestern Geographer 18: 22-37.

• DeLyser, D., and A. E. Potter, with J. Chaney, S. Crider, I. Debnam, G. Hanks, C. D. Hotard, E. A. Modlin, M. Pfeiffer, and J. Seemann 2013. Teaching qualitative methods using group-based interviews and coding assignments. The Journal of Geography 112(1): 18-28.

Chaney, J. 2012. Malleable Identities: Placing the Garínagu in New Orleans. Journal of Latin American Geography 11(2): 121-144.

Chaney, J. 2010. The Formation of a Hispanic Enclave in Nashville, Tennessee. Southeastern Geographer 50(1): 17-38.

Book Reviews:

Chaney, J. 2017. Review of Corazón de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910. by Julie Weise. Journal of Latin American Geography. 16(3): 169-172.

Chaney, J. 2014. Review of Nashville in the New Millennium: Immigrant Settlement, Urban Transformation, and Social Belonging. by Jamie Winders. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. 2(2): 7-10.

Editorials, Commentaries, and Editorships:

Chaney, J. A Glance at New Orleans’ Contemporary Hispanic and Latino Communities. American Association of Geographer Newsletter (October 2017)

Chaney, J. “Education abroad: Destination Cuba” Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro, TN) April 8, 2016.

 

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Awards

John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize, by the American Association of Geographers 2016 (for Hispanic and Latino New Orleans, LSU Press, 2015)

In the Media

•  “Human Trafficking Big Issue Facing Mid-State” (Interview) WGNS News Radio. Murfreesboro, TN. July 17 2017.

•  “Planning a Trip to Cuba? Here is What an MTSU Professor Says About Cuba...” (Interview) WGNS News Radio. Murfreesboro, TN. March 22 2016.

• “MTSU’s ‘On the Record’ studies Latinos’ influence on New Orleans culture” (Interview) WMOT Public Radio. Murfreesboro, TN. March 7 2016.

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•  “Human Trafficking Big Issue Facing Mid-State” (Interview) WGNS News Radio. Murfreesboro, TN. July 17 2017.

•  “Planning a Trip to Cuba? Here is What an MTSU Professor Says About Cuba...” (Interview) WGNS News Radio. Murfreesboro, TN. March 22 2016.

• “MTSU’s ‘On the Record’ studies Latinos’ influence on New Orleans culture” (Interview) WMOT Public Radio. Murfreesboro, TN. March 7 2016.

• "A Story About The Garifuna" (Subject-Matter Expert) Documentary by Ben Peterson, Department of Communications, Brigham Young University 2012.

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Courses

Undergraduate Courses:

GEOG 2000 Regional Geography
Global Studies 2010 Cross-Cultural Experiences
GEOG 2105 Introduction to Latin American Studies
Global Studies 3010 Field Experience and Study Abroad
Global Studies 3040 Contemporary Migration: Global Trends, Local Implications (EXL course)
GEOG 3120 Geography of Tennessee and the South
Global Studies 3200 Special Problems and Topics 
GEOG 3420 Latin America in the 21st Century...

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Undergraduate Courses:

GEOG 2000 Regional Geography
Global Studies 2010 Cross-Cultural Experiences
GEOG 2105 Introduction to Latin American Studies
Global Studies 3010 Field Experience and Study Abroad
Global Studies 3040 Contemporary Migration: Global Trends, Local Implications (EXL course)
GEOG 3120 Geography of Tennessee and the South
Global Studies 3200 Special Problems and Topics 
GEOG 3420 Latin America in the 21st Century
GEOG 3430 Geographical Approach to Contemporary Europe
Global Studies 4000 Human Trafficking
GEOG 4360 Cultural Geography (EXL course)
GEOG 4370 Urban Geography

Graduate Courses/Seminars:

GEOG 5360 Cultural Geography (Applied Geography)
GEOG 5470 Rural Settlement
MALA 6040 Forced Mobilities: A Spatial Perspective of Human Trafficking.

Education Abroad Programs:

Organizer/Leader of MTSU’s Explore the Yucatán education abroad program

Co-organizer/Leader of MTSU’s Cuba in the 21st Century education abroad program

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