John Rennie Short

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John Rennie Short
Born (1951-10-19) 19 October 1951 (age 71)
Stirling, Scotland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Alma materUniversity of Aberdeen
University of Bristol
Occupation(s)Geographer and writer

John Rennie Short is a professor of geography and public policy in the School of Public Policy at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Early life and education[edit]

Short was born in Stirling, Scotland. He was raised in nearby Tullibody, a village in the County of Clackmannanshire. He attended the county grammar school, Alloa Academy. He received the MA in geography from Aberdeen University in 1973.[1] followed by a PhD in geography from the University of Bristol, with a received dissertation, "Residential Mobility in The Private Housing Market of Bristol" (1977).[1] From 1976 to 1978, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in Bristol's School of Geographical Sciences.[1]


In 1978, Short was appointed lecturer in geography at the University of Reading.  From 1985 to 1987, he was also visiting senior research fellow at the Urban Research Unit of the Australian National University. He left Reading in 1990 to join Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs as professor of geography. In 2002, he left Syracuse for an appointment as professor and chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He was appointed to his current position in the School of Public Policy at UMBC in 2005.

Short has published in human geography's subfields, including the urban, the political, the environmental, the economic, and the cultural.[2][3][4][5] His scholarship incorporates social and cultural theory methodologies, archival research strategies, and data analyses.   Short's work has been presented on television[6] in podcasts[7] and radio[8] interviews, print interviews in national and special newspapers[9] and essays on scholarly/journalistic websites.[10]

His work has been translated into many languages including Arabic,[11] Chinese,[12] Czech,[13] Italian,[14] Japanese,[15] Korean,[16] Persian,[17] Portuguese,[18] Spanish,[19] and Turkish.[20]

Selected Awards[edit]


Short's research papers contribute to four main areas of political economy.

The first is an exploration of urban society. Amongst many articles and book chapters, his work includes a long engagement with analysing housing dynamics[25][26] to broader concerns with the pandemic and the city,[27] generating models of metropolitan change,[28] urban cultural economy,[29] traffic issues,[30][31] immigration,[32] suburban change,[33] the relationship between globalisation and cities,[34] measuring the extent of globalisation in cities,[35] urban flânerie,[36] urban environmental issues,[37] climate change,[38][39] how city regions seek to reposition themselves in discursive space through branding campaigns[40] and the hosting of the Olympic Games.[41] More recent work has focused on social inclusion in cities[42] and cities in the Global South including the rise of new middle class[43] and the informal economy in the Colombian city of Cali.[44]

A second body of work contributes to broader issues of cultural economy and politics. An influential text, Imagined Country[45] first published in 1991 and reissued in 2005, was an important part of the cultural turn. In that book Short elaborated the idea of national environmental ideologies though the depictions of wilderness, countryside and city in landscape painting, cinema and novels. Other work focuses on globalisation,[46] language,[47] wealth,[48] wealth and political power,[49] and wealth and immigration.[50]

A third contribution is to political geography and geopolitics. His work on the US includes analyses of elections,[51] voting systems,[52] gerrymandering,[53] and legitimation crisis.[54] Work on geopolitics includes issues in the East China and South China Seas.[55][56] In 2020 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to research the geopolitics of the South China Sea.

The fourth theme, mainly expressed in book form, is the history of cartography. Short builds upon and extends the work of the critical cartographic theorist John Brian Harley to deconstruct maps as social and political texts. Short explores the power dynamics in how the USA[57] and Korea[58] were represented in maps, the creation of a spatial sensitivity in the early modern era,[59] the role of indigenous people in so-called exploration and discovery of the New World,[60] and the emergence of the national atlas as important feature of modern nationalism.[61] He has also penned a general introduction to the subject.[62]

He has promoted the publication of younger scholars’ work through editorship of three-book series Space Place and Society,[63] Cities [64] and Critical Introductions to Urbanism and the City.[65]

He served on the inaugural editorial board of the journals Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.[66] and Sustainability.[67] He is on the board of Journal of Urban Affairs.[68] He is the chief editor of Social Inclusion in Cities.[69]

Authored books[edit]

2024 Insurrection: What the January 6 Assault on America Reveals about America and Democracy. Reaktion. ISBN 9781789148411.

2023 The Urban Now: Living in an Age of Urban Globalism. Edward Elgar. ISBN 9781035314447.

2022 The Rise and Fall of the National Atlas in the Twentieth Century. Anthem Press. ISBN 9781839983047.

2021 Geopolitics: Making Sense of a Changing Word. Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN 9781538135389.

2021 Stress Testing the USA: Public Policy and Reaction to Disaster Events (2nd edition). Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9783030659981.

2021  Housing in Britain: The Postwar Experience (reprinting of 1982 book). Routledge. ISBN 9780367744731.

2021  Housing and Residential Structure: Alternative Approaches (reprinting of 1980 book). Routledge. (Co-authored with Keith Bassett) ISBN 9780367756673.

2019  World Regional Geography. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190206703.

2018  The Unequal City: Urban Resurgence, Displacement and The Making of Inequality in Global Cities. Routledge, ISBN 9781138280366.

2018 Human Geography: A Short Introduction. (2nd ed.) Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780190679835.

2018  Hosting the Olympic Games: The Real Costs for Cities. Routledge, ISBN 9781138544963.

2018  A Regional Geography of the United States and Canada: Toward A Sustainable Future. Rowman and Littlefield, (Co-authored with Lisa Benton-Short and Chris Mayda), ISBN 9781138280366.

2014  Urban Theory (2nd ed.) Palgrave Macmillan. (Translated into Chinese and Persian), ISBN 9781137382658

2014 Human Geography A Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780199925124.

2013  Stress Testing The USA: Public Policy and Reaction to Disaster Events. Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 9781137327222.

2013  Cities and Nature (2nd ed.) Routledge (Co-authored with Lisa Benton-Short), ISBN 9780415625562.

2012  Korea: A Cartographic History. University of Chicago Press (Translated into Korean), ISBN 9780226753546

2012 Globalization, Modernity and The City. Routledge, ISBN 9780415676922.

2010  Cities and Suburbs: New Metropolitan Realities in the US. Routledge (Co-authored with B. Hanlon and T. Vicino), ISBN 9780415497312.

2009  Cartographic Encounters: Indigenous Peoples and The Exploration of The New World. Reaktion/University of Chicago Press, ISBN 9781861894366.

2008  Cities and Economy. Routledge (Co-authored with Y. Kim). (Translated into Persian), ISBN 9780415365741.

2008 Cities and Nature. Routledge (Co-authored with Lisa Benton-Short). ISBN 9780415355889.

2007  Liquid City: Megalopolis Revisited. Resources for The Future Press/Johns Hopkins University Press, ISBN 9781933115498.

2006  Alabaster Cities: Urban US Since 1950. Syracuse University Press, ISBN 9780815631057.

2006  Urban Theory. Palgrave Macmillan. (Translated into Chinese and Persian), ISBN 9781403906595

2005  Imagined Country. Syracuse University Press (Reprint with new introduction), ISBN 9780815629542.

2004  Making Space: Revisioning The World, 1475–1600. Syracuse University Press, ISBN 9780815630234.

2004  Global Metropolitan. Routledge. (Translated into Persian), ISBN 9780415305419.

2004  Representing the Republic. Reaktion/University of Chicago Press, ISBN 9781861890863.

2003 The World Through Maps. Firefly, ISBN 1552978117.

2001 Global Dimensions: Space, Place and The Contemporary World Reaktion University of Chicago Press (Translated into Chinese), ISBN 9781861891020.

2000 Alternative Geographies. Prentice Hall, ISBN 9781861890863.

1999 Globalization and The City. Addison Wesley Longman (Co-authored with Y. Kim) (Translated into Persian), ISBN 0582369126 (paperback).

1999 Environmental Discourses and Practice.  Blackwell (Co-authored with L. M. Benton), ISBN 9780631211143.

1998  New Worlds, New Geographies. Syracuse University Press, ISBN 9780815605270.

1996  The Urban Order.  Blackwell (Translated into Korean, Chinese and Persian), ISBN 9781557863614.

1993  An Introduction to Political Geography. Routledge (Second, revised and enlarged, edition) ISBN 9781138157019.

1991 Imagined Country: Environment, Culture and Society. Routledge, ISBN 0415038545.

1989 The Humane City.  Blackwell (Translated into Korean, 2000), ISBN 9780631158233.

1986 Housebuilding, Planning and Community Action. Routledge (Co-authored with S. Fleming and S. Witt) ISBN 9780710207234.

1984 The Urban Arena. Macmillan ISBN 9780333361405.

1984 An Introduction to Urban Geography. Routledge ISBN 0710098928.

1982 Housing in Britain. Methuen ISBN 0416742904.

1982 An Introduction to Political Geography. RKP ISBN 0710009658.

1980 Urban Data Sources. Butterworths ISBN 0408106409.

1980 Housing and Residential Structure.  Routledge. (Co-authored with K. Bassett), ISBN 9780710004406.

Edited books[edit]

2022 Pandemic and The City: Urban Issues in the Context of COVID-19. (Guest Editor).[70]

2019 Assessing The New Urban Agenda. (Guest Editor).[71]

2017 A Research Agenda for Cities. Edward Elgar Agendas (Editor), ISBN 9781785363412.

2008 The Sage Companion to The City. Sage (Co-edited with T. Hall and P. Hubbard), ISBN 9781412902076.

2002 Globalization and The Margins. Palgrave (Co-edited with R. Grant),ISBN 9780333964316.

2000 Environmental Discourses and Practice: A Reader. Blackwell (Co-edited with L. M. Benton),ISBN 0631216367.

1992 Human Settlement. Oxford University Press (Editor), ISBN 0195209443.

1985 Developing Contemporary Marxism. Macmillan (Co-edited with Z. Baranski), ISBN 0312196598.

1984 The Human Geography of Contemporary Britain. Macmillan (Co-edited with A. Kirby), ISBN 0333373162.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Short, John Rennie. "CV for John Rennie Short". Retrieved 5 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Publications and Citations:Scopus". Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Publications and Citations: Semantic Scholar". Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Publications and Citations: Orcid". Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Publications and Citations: Google Scholar". Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Olympics". YouTube. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  7. ^ "PlanetSport". Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Traffic". Retrieved 29 December 2019. "Writers'Voice interview". 6 April 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Book interview". Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Conversations". Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  11. ^ "Healthy Cities". Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  12. ^ "Cities and Nature". Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Human Settlement". Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  14. ^ "Cities and climate change". 23 October 2021. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  15. ^ "The World Through Maps". Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  16. ^ "Korea:A Cartographic History". Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  17. ^ "The Unequal City". 3 July 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  18. ^ "Age of Distraction". Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  19. ^ "Street Vendors in Urban Economy". 31 July 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  20. ^ "Cities and climate change". 22 October 2021. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  21. ^ "UMBC Celebrates Fulbright Recipients". 9 September 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  22. ^ "AGS Library Best Fellows". Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  23. ^ "Fellowship Profiles". 2 July 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  24. ^ "Dibner Scholars". Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  25. ^ Short, John R. (1989). "Yuppies, Yuffies and the New Urban Order". Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 14 (2): 173–188. doi:10.2307/622811. JSTOR 622811.
  26. ^ Short, John Rennie (2018). "The end of the suburbs". The Routledge Companion to the Suburbs. pp. 335–341. doi:10.4324/9781315266442-28. ISBN 9781315266442. S2CID 170067826.
  27. ^ Martinez, Lina; Short, John Rennie (2021). "The Pandemic City: Urban Issues in the Time of COVID-19". Sustainability. 13 (6): 3295. doi:10.3390/su13063295. S2CID 233627137.
  28. ^ Short, John Rennie; Mussman, Michael (2014). "Population Change in U.S. Cities: Estimating and Explaining the Extent of Decline and Level of Resurgence". The Professional Geographer. 66: 112–123. doi:10.1080/00330124.2013.765297. S2CID 129019226.
  29. ^ Short, John Rennie (2012). "Representing Country in the Creative Postcolonial City". Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 102: 129–150. doi:10.1080/00045608.2011.583576. S2CID 144495435.
  30. ^ Rennie, John (21 June 2021). "As urban life resumes, can US cities avert gridlock?". The Conversation. Retrieved 29 August 2023.
  31. ^ Short, John Rennie; Pinet‐Peralta, Luis Mauricio (2010). "No Accident: Traffic and Pedestrians in the Modern City". Mobilities. 5: 41–59. doi:10.1080/17450100903434998. S2CID 64726510.
  32. ^ Vicino, Thomas J.; Hanlon, Bernadette; Short, John Rennie (2011). "A Typology of Urban Immigrant Neighborhoods". Urban Geography. 32 (3): 383–405. doi:10.2747/0272-3638.32.3.383. S2CID 143216701.
  33. ^ Hanlon, Bernadette; Vicino, Thomas; Short, John Rennie (2006). "The New Metropolitan Reality in the US: Rethinking the Traditional Model". Urban Studies. 43 (12): 2129–2143. doi:10.1080/00420980600936525. S2CID 51899030.
  34. ^ Short, John Rennie (2017). "Global Cities". International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment and Technology. pp. 1–9. doi:10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0330. ISBN 9780470659632.
  35. ^ Short, John Rennie (May 2004). "Black Holes and Loose Connections in a Global Urban Network". The Professional Geographer. 56 (2): 295–302. doi:10.1111/j.0033-0124.2004.05602012.x. hdl:11603/230. S2CID 55187523.
  36. ^ Kramer, Kathryn; Short, John Rennie (2011). "Flânerie and the globalizing city". City. 15 (3–4): 322–342. doi:10.1080/13604813.2011.595100. S2CID 144682776.
  37. ^ Short, John Rennie (30 December 2016), "Urban imaginaries of City and Nature", Handbook of Cities and the Environment, Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 19–41, ISBN 978-1-78471-226-6, retrieved 29 August 2023
  38. ^ Short, John Rennie (2016). "A perfect storm: Climate change, the power grid, and regulatory regime change after network failure". Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. 34 (2): 244–261. doi:10.1177/0263774X15614185. S2CID 155216456.
  39. ^ Short, John Rennie; Farmer, Abbey (2021). "Cities and Climate Change". Earth. 2 (4): 1038–1045. doi:10.3390/earth2040061. ISSN 2673-4834.
  40. ^ Short, John Rennie (2015). "City Marketing". International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. pp. 662–668. doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.74006-2. ISBN 9780080970875.
  41. ^ Short, John R. (2008). "Globalization, cities and the Summer Olympics". City. 12 (3): 321–340. doi:10.1080/13604810802478888. S2CID 145764158.
  42. ^ Short, John Rennie (2021). "Social inclusion in cities". Frontiers in Sustainable Cities. 3. doi:10.3389/frsc.2021.684572. S2CID 233330224.
  43. ^ Short, John Rennie; Martinez, Lina (2020). "The urban effects of the emerging middle class in the global South". Geography Compass. 14 (4). doi:10.1111/gec3.12484. hdl:11603/17500. S2CID 213758748.
  44. ^ Martínez, Lina; Short, John Rennie; Estrada, Daniela (2018). "The diversity of the street vending: A case study of street vending in Cali". Cities. 79: 18–25. doi:10.1016/j.cities.2018.02.018. S2CID 158131434.
  45. ^ Rennie, John (15 November 2005). Imagined Country: Environment, Culture, and Society. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-2954-2.
  46. ^ "Column: Why there's a backlash against globalization and what needs to change". PBS NewsHour. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2023.
  47. ^ Short, John Rennie; Boniche, Armando; Kim, Yeong; Li, Patrick Li (2001). "Cultural Globalization, Global English, and Geography Journals". The Professional Geographer. 53: 1–11. doi:10.1111/0033-0124.00265. S2CID 129763407.
  48. ^ Beaverstock, Jonathan V.; Hubbard, Philip; Rennie Short, John (2004). "Getting away with it? Exposing the geographies of the super-rich". Geoforum. 35 (4): 401–407. doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2004.03.001.
  49. ^ Hay, Iain (1 January 2013). Geographies of the Super-rich. Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN 978-0-85793-569-4.
  50. ^ Hay, Iain; Beaverstock, Jonathan V. (29 January 2016). Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich. Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN 978-1-78347-404-2.
  51. ^ John Rennie Short (2020)" An Election in a Time of Distrust", US Election Analysis 2020,
  52. ^ Short, John Rennie (2014). "The Supreme Court, the Voting Rights Act and Competing National Imaginaries of the USA". Territory, Politics, Governance. 2: 94–108. doi:10.1080/21622671.2013.875938. S2CID 144927060.
  53. ^ Rennie, John (1 November 2018). "4 reasons gerrymandering is getting worse". Salon. Retrieved 29 August 2023.
  54. ^ Short, John Rennie (21 October 2016). "The 'legitimation' crisis in the US: Why have Americans lost trust in government?". The Conversation. Retrieved 29 August 2023.
  55. ^ John Rennie Short (2016)" What’s happening in the South China Sea? ", US News and World Report,
  56. ^ John Rennie Short and Leah Dubots (2020)" Contesting place names: The East Sea/Sea of Japan naming issue", Geographical Review, doi/full.10.1008/00167428.2020.1827936/
  57. ^ John Rennie Short (2004)" Representing The Republic ", John Rennie Short (1999) A New Mode of Thinking: Creating a National Geography in the Early Republic. Surveying The Record: North American Scientific Exploration to 1930
  58. ^ Short, John Rennie (2 April 2012). Korea: A Cartographic History. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-75366-9.
  59. ^ Short, John Rennie (1 March 2004). Making Space: Revisioning the World, 1475-1600. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-3023-4.
  60. ^ Short, John Rennie (15 July 2009). Cartographic Encounters: Indigenous Peoples and the Exploration of the New World. Reaktion Books. ISBN 978-1-86189-749-7.
  61. ^ Short, John Rennie (2022). The Rise and Fall of the National Atlas in the Twentieth Century: Power, State and Territory. Anthem Press. ISBN 978-1-83998-303-0.
  62. ^ Short, John R. (2003). The World Through Maps: A History of Cartography. Firefly Books. ISBN 978-1-55297-811-5.
  63. ^ "Space, Place and Society – Syracuse University Press". Retrieved 29 August 2023.
  64. ^ "Cities series - Urban and Regional Studies - Book Series". Edward Elgar Publishing. Retrieved 29 August 2023.
  65. ^ "Routledge Critical Introductions to Urbanism and the City - Book Series - Routledge & CRC Press". Retrieved 29 August 2023.
  66. ^ “Environment and Planning D: Society and Space”,
  67. ^ "Sustainability". Retrieved 29 August 2023.
  68. ^ “Journal of Urban Affairs"
  69. ^ "Frontiers in Sustainable Cities | Social Inclusion in Cities". Frontiers. Retrieved 29 August 2023.
  70. ^ "Pandemic and The City".
  71. ^ "Assessing The New Urban Agenda".