Dr. Audrey Kobayashi

Principal Investigator, CERCIS Research Group
Professor and Queen’s Research Chair
Department of Geography & Planning, Queen’s University

Office: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room E311
Phone: (613) 533- 3035 | Fax: (613) 533-6122 | E-mail


1. Biography
2. Teaching Interests
3. Publications


A native of British Columbia, I completed a B.A. (1976) and M.A. (1978) at the University of British Columbia, and a PhD (1983) at UCLA. I taught in Geography and East Asian Studies at McGill University from 1983 to 1994, when I came to Queen’s, initially as Director of the Institute of Women’s Studies (1994 to 1999) and thereafter as Professor of Geography. I have spent time as a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia, University College London and, most recently, Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand. In 1994, I was a Fulbright Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, DC. Other positions include President of the Canadian Association of Geographers (1999-2001), and Editor, People Place and Region, Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

Teaching Interests

I view teaching, research, and community participation as part of a single process of learning and contributing to society. I believe that the classroom should be an open and safe place, where students can participate, think, challenge, make decisions, and be creative. I also believe that all university courses should provide an opportunity to improve reading and listening abilities, analytical skills, written and oral communication, and time management. In the classroom, I take every advantage of electronic technology both to present material in a manner that is well organized and accessible, and to make use of a variety of media of communication, including music, film and the internet. I place strong emphasis on the individual needs of students, especially in an interdisciplinary classroom where learning objectives vary. I keep an open door, and attempt to respond quickly and appropriately to students’ requests.

My courses in cultural and social geography emphasize the ways in which societies create the landscapes in which significant interactions among people take place. This approach always entails a historical perspective, to understand how things came to be. I place strong emphasis on the concept of landscape, as the world that people create and re-create in defining a place for themselves. And I focus on the ways in which various things and acts within a landscape intersect, such as the ways in which commodities reflect both economic and cultural systems, and become symbolic of individual and group identities.

My course on “’Race’ and Racism” has provided the most significant challenges and rewards of my teaching career. The classroom is diverse in every way. Nearly all of the students are there because they are committed to overcoming racism, but they have very different ideas of what that objective entails. From the first day of class, it is apparent that the class is divided into students of colour, who have experienced racism, and white students, who have a variety of perspectives on what racism means and a range of degrees of comfort with the subject. This is a difficult divide to overcome, but by the end of the course, nearly everyone, no matter what their background, has developed a sense of openness and a willingness to learn and to take stock of their own positions within society. Although there is much to be learned of historical ‘fact’, and of the workings of legislation and policy documents, this is not a subject matter that can be consigned to memory. It is often emotionally challenging for a diverse group of students to work together in a large classroom and to direct their responses to the subject matter in constructive ways.


Books and Edited Volumes:

2014   Kobayashi, Audrey and Susanne Mackenzie Eds. Remaking Human Geography 2 nd ed. Oxford and New York: Routledge.

2012       Kobayashi, Audrey ed. Geographies of Peace and Armed Conflict (rev.). London and New York: Routledge.

2011       Texiera, Jose, Wei Li and Audrey Kobayashi eds. Geographies of Immigrants in North American Cities. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

2011       Baldwin, Andrew, Laura Cameron and Audrey Kobayashi eds. Rethinking the Great White North. Vancouver: University of BC Press.

2009       Kobayashi, Audrey ed. Geographies of Peace and Armed Conflict. Special issue, Annals of the Association of American Geographers 99(5), 250 pp.

Refereed articles and book chapters:

In press    Kobayashi, Audrey and Mark Boyle. “Colonizing Colonized: Sartre and Fanon.” In A. Bakan and E. Dua eds. Marxism and Anti-Racism: Conversations.

In press    Henry, Frances, Andrea Choi, and Audrey Kobayashi. “The Representation of Racialized Faculty at Selected Canadian Universities.” Canadian Ethnic Studies.

In press    Kobayashi, Audrey. “Camp Road.” In Aguiar, Luis and Daniel Keyes, eds. Hinterland of Whiteness: White Fantasies in the Okanagan Valley. Vancouver: UBC Press.

In press   Kobayashi, Audrey, Meghan Brooks, Sarah de Leeuw, Nathaniel Lewis, Catherine Nolin, and Cheryl Sutherland. “Advocacy in Geography.” In Lee, Roger, Susan Roberts, and Charles Withers. Eds. The Handbook of Human Geography. Sage.

2013       Kobayashi, Audrey. “Kingston.” In Biles, John, Vicki Esses and Caroline Andrew, eds. Immigration, Integration, and Inclusion in Ontario Cities. Ottawa: Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

2013       Kobayashi, Audrey, Victoria Lawson, and Rickie Sanders. “A commentary on the whitening of the public university: The context for diversifying geography.” The Professional Geographer 65(1):1-7. Available at:

2012       Kobayashi, Audrey, “Critical race approaches.” In N. Johnson, R. Schein, and J. Winders. The Wiley Companion to Cultural Geography, 57-72. New York: Wiley.

2011       Boyle, Mark and Audrey Kobayashi. “Metropolitan anxieties: A critical appraisal of Sartre’s theory of colonialism.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers NS 36 (3): 408–424.

2011       Kobayashi, Audrey, Valerie Preston and Ann Marie Murnaghan. “Place, affect, and transnationalism through the voices of Hong Kong immigrants to Canada,” Social and Cultural Geography, 12(8): 871–888.

2011        de Leeuw, Sarah, Audrey Kobayashi, and Emilie Cameron. “Difference.” In Vincent J. Del Casino Jr, Mary E. Thomas, Paul Cloke, and Ruth Panelli, eds.  A Companion to Social Geography, pp. 17-36. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell

2010       Kobayashi, Audrey. “Geographies of Courage, Imagination, and Hope.” Arab World Geographer 13 (3–4): 192–194.

2010       Kobayashi, Audrey. “People, Place, and Region: 100 Years of Human Geography in the Annals.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 100(5):1095-1106.

2010         Kobayashi, Audrey. “Existentialism.” Encyclopedia of Geography, Volume 2, pp. 1046-1048, ed. B. Warf. Los Angeles: Sage Reference.

2009       Kobayashi, Audrey. “Geographies of Peace and Armed conflict.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 99(5): 119-126.

2009       Krull, Catherine and Audrey Kobayashi, “Shared memories, common vision: Generations, sociopolitical consciousness and resistance among Cuban women,” Sociological Inquiry 72(2):163-189.

2009       Kobayashi Audrey, “Situated Knowledge, Reflexivity.” In Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift eds. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 10, pp. 138–143. Oxford: Elsevier.

2009        Kobayashi Audrey, “Peet, R.” In Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift eds. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 8, pp. 114–115. Oxford: Elsevier.

2009        Kobayashi Audrey, “Identity Politics.” In Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift eds. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 5, pp. 282–286. Oxford: Elsevier.

2009        Kobayashi Audrey. “Representation and Re-presentation.” In Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift eds. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 9, pp. 347–350. Oxford: Elsevier.

2009        Wiles J. and A. Kobayashi. “Equity.” In Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift eds. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 3, pp. 580–585. Oxford: Elsevier.

2009         Kobayashi, Audrey and Sarah de Leeuw, “Tensioned landscapes and contested identities: social geographies of difference and relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.” In Susan J. Smith, Rachel Pain, Sallie A. Marston and John Paul Jones IIIeds. Handbook of Social Geographies, pp. 118-138. Los Angeles: Sage.

2009         Kobayashi, Audrey, “’Here we go again’: Christchurch’s anti-racism rally as a discursive crisis.” In Julie Cupples ed., special issue, The New Zealand Geographer 65:59-72.

2009         Kobayashi, Audrey, “Now you see them, how you see them: Women of colour in Canadian academia.” In Frances Henry and Carol Tator eds. Racism in the Canadian University: Demanding Social Justice, Inclusion and Equity, pp. 60-75. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2008         Kobayashi, Audrey, “’Race’ and racism in the classroom: Looking back on anger” Progress in Human Geography 32(1):17-25.

2008         Kobayashi, Audrey, “Place.” In Peter Cane and Joanne Conaghan, eds. Oxford Companion to Law, pp. 895-896.Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2008         Kobayashi, Audrey and Linda Peake. “Racism in place: Another look at shock, horror, and racialization.” In Pamela Moss and Karen Falconer el Hindis eds.Feminisms in
Geography: Rethinking Space, Place and Knowledges,
pp. 171-178. Lanham: Roman and Littlefield.

2008         Kobayashi, Audrey, “Ethnocultural political mobilization, multiculturalism, and human rights in Canada.” In Miriam Smith ed. Group Politics and Social Movements, pp. 131-158. Toronto: Broadview Press.

2007          Preston, Valerie, Myer Siemiatycki and Audrey Kobayashi., “The dual citizenship of Hong Kong-Canadians: Convenience or commitment?” In Thomas Faist ed. Dual Citizenship: Democracy, Rights and Identities Beyond Borders, pp. 203-226. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

2007         Kobayashi, Audrey and Valerie Preston, “Transnationalism through the life course: Hong Kong immigrants in Canada.” Asia Pacific Viewpoints 48(2):151-167.

2007          Bakan, Abigail and Audrey Kobayashi. “Affirmative action and employment equity: policy, Ideology, and backlash in Canadian context.” Studies in Political Economy 70:145-166.

2009     Reprinted in Nick Larsen and Brian Burtch eds. Law in Society: Canadian Readings, pp. 148-162. Toronto: Nelson.

2007         Kobayashi, Audrey. “The limits of the limits of community.” Political Geography 26(2):214-217.

2007          Kobayashi, Audrey and Genevieve Johnson, “Scholarship and activism on the edge: introduction.” In Randy Enomoto and Genevieve Fuji Johnson eds. Race, Racialization, and Anti-Racism in Canada and Beyond, pp. 3-16. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2007          Bakan, Abigail and Audrey Kobayashi, “The sky didn’t fall”: Organizing to combat racism in the workplace: The case of the Alliance for Employment Equity.” In Randy Enomoto and Genevieve Fuji Johnson eds. Race, Racialization, and Anti-Racism in Canada and Beyond, pp. 51-78. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.


2002-10    Editor, Annals of the Association of American Geographers: People, Place, and Region

Commissioned Research Reports:

2012          Mehrunnisa Ahmad Ali, Audrey Kobayashi, Susanne Cliff-Jungling, Joanna Ochocka, Jonathan Lomotey, Liliana Araujo, Dragan Kljujic, “Making Ontario Home: A study of settlement and integration services for immigrant and refugees” Report commissioned by Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI).

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