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I am a human geographer with a PhD from the University of Toronto (2020). I research and publish on issues related to military land use in Russia, the former Soviet Union, and the United States. I seek to actively engage in the political, economic, environmental, and social aspects of public policy where they intersect with site selection, closure, remediation, and redevelopment projects.


I am fluent in Russian and have travelled extensively in Ukraine, and Kazakhstan.

I also actively research commercial space policy as it relates to regional development and environmental impacts. 

I am a Faculty Instructor at the University of South Carolina in the Department of Geography where I teach a variety of lower and upper division courses. 




Space X Assembly and Launch Facility near Boca Chica, Texas. Photo: Robert Kopack
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