Concordia University

Kevin A. Gould, PhD

Associate Professor , Geography, Planning and Environment

Office: S-H 1255-13 
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5480

Dr. Kevin Gould's research explores the politics of environmental and economic policy-making in the Americas. He is particularly interested in policies authorized by technical knowledge, and his current research examines how military experts framed development projects during the Cold War in ways that favored elites and reified exclusionary visions of race, nation, and nature. Building on new economic geography and political ecology literature, Dr. Gould's work investigates the politics of market-assisted land reform, post-disaster reconstruction, environmental impact assessment, and Cold War infrastructure development. Through his research, he seeks to challenge the often violent transnational processes and epistemologies that connect Canada, the United States and Guatemala. Before arriving at Concordia University, Dr. Gould received his Ph.D. in Human Geography from the University of British Columbia (2009) and spent one year as a research fellow at Dartmouth College.

Professional affiliations

Association of American Geographers
Latin American Studies Association

Research projects

Counter-insurgency, nationalism, and military-led economic development in 1960s Guatemala. 

Performing markets: histories and practices of land administration in northern Guatemala.   

Selected publications

  1. Gould, Kevin A., M. Magdalena Garcia, and Jacob AC Remes. 2016.  "Beyond natural-disasters-are-not-natural": the work of state and nature after the 2010 earthquake in Chile." Journal of Political Ecology 23: 94-114.
  2. Gould, K. A. 2014 Everyday expertise: land regularization and the conditions for land grabs in Petén, Guatemala. Environment Planning A, 46(10): 2353-2368.
  3. Gould, K. A. and Estrada, I. A. 2014. Framing disappearance: H.I.J.O.S., public art and the making of historical memory of the Guatemalan civil war. Special Issue on Enforced Disappearance. ACME: International Journal of Critical Geography, 13(1): 100-134.
  4. Dempsey, J., Gould, K. A., Sundberg, J. 2011. Changing land tenure, defining subjects: neoliberalism and property regimes on Native reserves. In Re-Thinking the Great White North: race, nature and the historical geographies of whiteness in Canada. Eds. A. Baldwin, A. Kobayashi, and L. Cameron. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.
  5. Gould, K. A. 2010. Anxiety, epistemology, and policy research "behind enemy lines." Geoforum. 41: 15-18.

Selected conference presentations

  1. Gould, K. A. 2015. Whitening infrastructures: race and nation in ColdWar Guatemala.  Intersections Seminar Series, Department of Geography andPlanning, University of Toronto.
  2. Gould, K. A. 2015. Emplaced histories of calculable land: the (un)making of a geodetic grid in northern  Guatemala. Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago.
  3. Gould, K. A. 2015.  Entangled (post)colonialisms: military-led development in 1960s Guatemala.  7th International conference of critical geography, Ramallah, Palestine.
  4. Gould, K. A. 2014.  Territorization and conterinsurgent pacification in the north of Guatemala during the Cold War.  Presentation for Peace and Territorialization diploma program at the Universidad National de San Carlos, Guatemala City, Guatemala (Spanish). 
  5. Gould, K. A. 2012. The future of higher education in North America: strategies for solidarity and struggle (panelist). 19th Annual Conference on Critical Geography. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. November 2-4, 2012.
  6. Gould, K. A. and Becker, N. 2012. Session Organizers. Powers of Environmental Impact Assessment. Annual conference of the American Association of Geography, New York City.
  7. Gould, K. 2011. Do economists make markets, race and nation? Second Conference on Ethnicity, Race and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean, San Diego, California.
  8. Panel organizer with David Lansing. 2011. Critical perspectives on performativity: performing economic geographies. Association of American Geographers Annual conference.



Courses taught

Geography 220: Space, place and identity
Geography 300: Environment: cultural and historical perspectives
Geography 400: Political ecology
Geography 418: Postcolonial geography
Geography 605: Graduate methodology seminar: Geography Worlds

Current Graduate Student Supervision

Noah Cannon, MSc:
Historical and economic geographies of Canada's community well being index

Kayleigh McSwain, MSc
Politics of local food movement in Halifax, N.S.

Masters students (graduated)

Gwen Muir (2015) Politics of temporary labor recruitment in Guatemala for Quebec agroindustry  

Barbara Bottini-Havrillay (2015) Politics of road-building in Cold War Guatemala

Michelle Braiden (2014) Discourse and dispossession in the Chaco War, Bolivia

William Zullo (2014) Spaces of transgender youth in Montreal*

Julie Montigney (2013) Spaces of queer youth in Montreal*

* co-advised with Dr. Julie Podmore

Honors students (graduated)

Montserrat Hernandez (2015) The path to sustainability: implementation of ecotechniques in a rural Mexican community

Noah Cannon(2014) The well-being index and Canadian First Nations

Angharad Wylie (2013) Alternative economies in Halifax, Novo Scotia

Alex Matak (2012) Neoliberalism within: Concordia’s student movement

Julia de Montigny (2011) What spaces exist for queer youth? On institutional discourses and regulatory imaginations

Alexander Pinheiro (2010) The Montreal BIOBUS Project: Simple, Pure, Green?

Masters in Environmental Assessment, selected internship reports

Olivia Collins (2014) Future of social assessment in national EA policy

Matthias Bieber (2014) Avian indicator species for environmental assessment

Patrick Marcoux   (2013)  Bioremediation of toxics: impacts of petroleum contamination

Chelsea Quirke (2011) Participation and power: participatory monitoring of environmental impacts under NAFTA

Nicole Becker (2010) Social production of toxicity: national management of textile mill effluents

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