Kevin McHugh

School of Geographical Sciences
Coor Hall 5590
TEMPE
Associate Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5302

Biography

Kevin McHugh is a cultural geographer with interests in geographical thought and theory. His research advances understandings of space, place, landscape, and movement in making and imagining worlds. McHugh is engaged in a series of experiments in thermal and olfactory sensing in rethinking bodies, objects, things, spaces and atmospheres. These critical-aesthetic experiments explore post-phenomenologies and elemental geographies in light of the Anthropocene. 

McHugh teaches broadly at the undergraduate and graduate levels, has served on 31 Ph.D. committees and 27 M.A. thesis committees, is active in mentoring students in the Barrett Honors College, and has been a Distinguished Nominee for the ASU Parents Association Professor of the Year Award three times. McHugh served as associate director in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, 2011-2014.

Education

  • Ph.D. Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
  • M.A. Geography, Arizona State University
  • B.S. Geography, Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

Geographical thought & theory, cultural geographies, geohumanities, post-phenomenology, senses and the city, film 

Publications

  • Kevin McHugh and Jennifer Kitson.  Thermal Sensations--Burning the Flesh of the World. GeoHumanities Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 157-177, June 2018.  DOI: 10.1080/2373566X.2017.1415158
  • Kevin McHugh and Ann Fletchall. The Arizona Renaissance Festival--A Performance in Three Movements.  In Performing Utopia, R. Bowditch and P. Vissicaro, eds., London: Seagull Books, 2017.
  • Kevin E. McHugh.  Touch at a Distance--Toward a Phenomenology of Film.  GeoJournal (2015)
  • Scott D. Warren, Kevin E. McHugh, and Jason Roehner. After the Crossing: Afterlives of Found Objects in the Sonoran Desert Borderlands.  Journal of the Southwest (2015) 
  • Jennifer Kitson and Kevin McHugh.  Historic Enchantments--Materializing Nostalgia.  cultural geographies (2014)
  • Ann Fletchall, Christopher Lukinbeal, and Kevin McHugh.  Place, Television, and the Real Organge County (2012)
  • Kevin E. McHugh and Ann M. Fletchall.  Festival and the Laughter of Being.  Space and Culture (2012)
  • Stephen Katz and Kevin E. McHugh. Age, Meaning, and Place: Cultural Narratives and Retirement Communities. In A Guide to Humanistic Studies in Aging (2010).
  • Kevin E. McHugh. Movement, Memory, Landscape: An Excursion in Non-Representational Thought. GeoJournal (2009).
  • Kevin E. McHugh and Ann M. Fletchall. Memento Mori: The "Death" of Youngtown. The Professional Geographer (2009).
  • Kevin McHugh. Celestial Fire. Aether: The Journal of Media Geography (2007).
  • Kevin McHugh. Generational Consciousness and Retirement Communities. Population, Space and Place (2007).
  • Kevin McHugh. Un-poetically 'Man' Dwells. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies (2007).
  • McIntyre, Norman, Williams, Daniel, McHugh, Kevin, eds. Multiple Dwelling and Tourism: Negotiating Place, Home and Identity. (2006).
  • McHugh, Kevin E. Citadels in the Sun.  In Multiple Dwelling and Tourism: Negotiating Place, Home and Identity (2006).
  • McHugh, Kevin E. Nomads of Desire.  In Multiple Dwelling and Tourism: Negotiating Place, Home and Identity. Nomads of Desire (2006)
  • Kevin McHugh. Oh, The Places They'll Go! Mobility, Place, and Landscape in the Film 'This is Nowhere'. Journal of Cultural Geography (2005).
  • Kevin McHugh, Elizabeth Larson-Keagy. These White Walls: The Dialectic of Retirement Communities. Journal of Aging Studies (2005).
  • Kevin McHugh. Three Faces of Ageism: Society, Image and Place. Ageing & Society (2003).
  • Kevin McHugh, Patricia Gober, Daniel Borough. The Sun City Wars. Urban Geography (2002).
  • Kevin McHugh. Inside, Outside, Upside Down, Backward, Forward, Round and Round: A Case for Ethnographic Studies in Migration. Progress in Human Geography (2000).
  • Kevin McHugh. The 'Ageless Self'? Emplacement of Identities in Sunbelt Retirement Communities. Journal of Aging Studies (2000).

Research Activity

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
GCU 394 Special Topics
PUP 394 Special Topics
GCU 529 Contemp Geographic Thought
GCU 799 Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
PUP 394 Special Topics
GCU 394 Special Topics
GCU 494 Special Topics
GCU 598 Special Topics
GCU 692 Research
GCU 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
PUP 394 Special Topics
GCU 394 Special Topics
GCU 492 Honors Directed Study
GCU 529 Contemp Geographic Thought
GCU 799 Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
PUP 394 Special Topics
GCU 394 Special Topics
GCU 494 Special Topics
GCU 598 Special Topics
GCU 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
GCU 357 Social Geography
GCU 492 Honors Directed Study
GCU 529 Contemp Geographic Thought
GCU 792 Research
GCU 799 Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
PUP 394 Special Topics
GCU 394 Special Topics
PUP 494 Special Topics
GCU 792 Research
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
GCU 493 Honors Thesis
PUP 494 Special Topics
GCU 494 Special Topics
GCU 529 Contemp Geographic Thought
GPH 590 Reading and Conference
GCU 598 Special Topics
GCU 792 Research
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
GCU 792 Research
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
PUP 394 Special Topics
GCU 394 Special Topics
GCU 494 Special Topics
PUP 494 Special Topics
GCU 499 Individualized Instruction
PUP 598 Special Topics
GCU 792 Research
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
GCU 357 Social Geography
GCU 493 Honors Thesis
GCU 529 Contemp Geographic Thought
GPH 590 Reading and Conference
GCU 591 Seminar
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
PUP 394 Special Topics
GCU 394 Special Topics
GCU 492 Honors Directed Study
GCU 494 Special Topics
GCU 499 Individualized Instruction
GCU 792 Research

Presentations

  • Jennifer L. Kitson and Kevin E. McHugh. Dwelling on Nostalgia: Practice and Performance in Historic Phoenix. Annual Meeting of the Pacific Coast Geographers (Sep 2010).
  • Kevin E. McHugh. Archaeolgical Ambulations: Integrative Approaches to Movement. Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) Meeting, Brown University (May 2010).
  • Kevin McHugh. 'Mindful' Geographies. Annual Meeting of the Association of Amrican Geographers (Apr 2009).
  • Kevin McHugh. Memory and the Road to Oblivion. Annual Meeting of the Association of Amrican Geographers (Apr 2008).
  • McHugh, Kevin. Moral Landscapes and Memory. Annual Meeeting of the Association of American Geographers (Apr 2007).
  • McHugh, Kevin. Demography and Ageing. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Mar 2006).
  • McHugh, Kevin. Un-poetically 'Man' Dwells. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Mar 2006).
  • McHugh, Kevin. Oh, the Places They'll Go! RVing in America. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (Nov 2005).
  • McHugh, Kevin. Nomads of Desire. Annual Meeting of the Pacific Coast Geographers (Oct 2005).
  • McHugh, Kevin. Oh, The Places They'll Go! Mobility, Place and Landscape in the Film This is Nowhere. Alliance Summer Geography Institute (ASGI) (Jun 2005).
  • McHugh, Kevin. The Role of the Field Exam in Geographic Education. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Apr 2005).
  • McHugh, Kevin. The Three C's of Curtis C. Roseman. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Apr 2005).
  • McHugh, Kevin. Oh, the Places They'll Go! Mobility, Place and Landscape in the Film 'This is Nowhere'. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Apr 2005).
  • McHugh, Kevin. Requiem for the Retiree. Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (Nov 2004).
  • McHugh, Kevin. These White Walls: The Dialectic of Retirement Communities. Centennial Meeeting of the Association of American Geographers (Mar 2004).
  • McHugh, Kevin. Behind the Curve? Placing Theory in Poplation Geography. Centennial Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Mar 2004).
  • McHugh, Kevin. Geographical Perspectives on Ethnography: Ethnography as Practice. Centennial Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Mar 2004).
  • McHugh, Kevin. Citadels in the Sun: Retirement Communities in Arizona. International workshop entitled Mobility, Meaning, and Modern Cottage Culture (May 2002).
  • McHugh, Kevin. The Greatest Generation and Beyond: A Janus-Faced View of Retirement Communities. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Mar 2002).
  • McHugh, Kevin. Three Faces of Ageism: Society/Image/Place. Annual Meeting of the Pacific Coast Geographers (Sep 2001).
  • McHugh, Kevin. Identity Politics and Place: Retiree-Latino Conflict in Phoenix. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Mar 2001).
  • McHugh, Kevin. Will to Power: Retiree-Latino Conflict in Fragmented Phoenix. Social Science Symposium Series (Oct 2000).
  • McHugh, Kevin, Gober, Patricia, Borough, Daniel. Privatopias and Political Conflict in the Fragmented Metropolis. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Apr 2000).
  • McHugh, Kevin. Community outreach and service relating to aging and place. ASU Gerontology Program
  • McHugh, Kevin. Ethical Issues in Population Geography. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers

Honors/Awards

SGSUP nominee for the Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2011

ASU Parents Association Professor of the Year Award Nominee: 2003, 2004, 2006

Service

  • School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning Colloquium Committee, Member (2010 - Present)
  • Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) Place Studies Group, Participant & Speaker (2009 - Present)
  • School of Geographical Sciences, Graduate Policy Committee, Chair (2009 - Present)
  • Communication Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, Member and AAG Session Organizer (2009 - Present)
  • Communication Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, Participant (2009 - Present)
  • Population Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, Member (2009 - Present)
  • Population Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, Member, Session Organizer (2009 - Present)
  • Qualitative Research Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, Member, Session Organizer (2009 - Present)
  • Qualitative Research Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, Member, Session Organizer and Chair (2009 - Present)
  • Barrett Honors College, Honors Disciplinary Faculty (2008 - Present)
  • Qualitative Research Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, Member and session organizer (2008 - Present)
  • Aether: The Journal of Media Geography, Editorial Board (2007 - Present)
  • Aether: The Journal of Media Geography, Editorial Board (2007 - Present)
  • Aether: The Journal of Media Geography, Editorial Board (2007 - Present)
  • Environmental Social Science PhD Program, Affiliated Faculty Member (2007 - Present)
  • Environmental Social Science PhD Program, Affiliated Faculty Member (2007 - Present)
  • Environmental Social Science PhD Program, Affiliated Faculty Member (2007 - Present)
  • Arizona Geographic Alliance Summer Institute, Speaker (2007 - Present)
  • ASU Gerontology Program, Lifelong Learning Program, Participant (2004 - Present)
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, ASU, Faculty Participant (2004 - Present)
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, ASU, Faculty Participant (2004 - Present)
  • ASU Gerontology Program, Represenative for ASU - Tempe (2003 - Present)
  • ASU Gerontology Program, Executive Committee, ASU Main representative (2003 - Present)
  • Urban Ecology IGERT, Executive Commitee, Geography Representative (2001 - Present)
  • ASU Gerontology Program, Affiliated Faculty Member (1995 - Present)
  • School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Ad Hoc Bylaws Committee, Member (2009 - 2010)
  • CLAS Committee on Committees, Member (2007 - 2009)
  • School of Geographical Sciences, Graduate Policy Committee, Chair (2008 - 2009)
  • IHR Cluster: Migration and Belonging, Participant (2007 - 2008)
  • School of Geographical Sciences, Graduate Policy Committee, Member (2007 - 2008)
  • School of Geographical Sciences, Personnel Committee, Member (2007 - 2008)
  • Western Conference Committee, USDA, Member (2003 - 2007)
  • National Science Foundation, Geog & Regional Science Advisory Board, National Science Foundation, Member (2006 - 2007)
  • Association of American Geographers, Nominated for election to AAG Honors Committee (2007 - 2007)
  • IHR Cluster: Place, Space, Society and Culture, Participant (2005 - 2006)
  • CLAS Academic Standards Committee, Member (2003 - 2006)
  • School of Geographical Sciences, Graduate Program Committee, Chair (2004 - 2006)
  • Qualitative Research Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, Secretary (2004 - 2006)
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Academic Standards Committee, Member (2003 - 2006)
  • Department of Geography, Accounts Manager Search Committee, Member (2005 - 2005)
  • Department of Geography, Faculty Search Committee, Chair (2004 - 2005)
  • Department of Geography, Graduate Program Committee, Member (2004 - 2005)
  • Association of American Geographers, Census Advisory Committee, Chair (2002 - 2005)
  • Western Conference Committee on Community, Institional Change and Migration, USDA, Member (1999 - 2005)
  • Student Award Committee, Qualitative Research Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, Member (2003 - 2005)
  • Departmental Chair Search Committee, Member (2003 - 2004)
  • Septennial Review Committee: Self Study, Member (2003 - 2004)
  • Graduate Recruiting and Admissions Committee, Member (2002 - 2004)
  • Population Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, Member (2004)
  • Association of American Geographers, Population Specialty Group, Member (2003)
  • Association of American Geographers, Qualitative Research Specialty Group, Member (2003)
  • Department of Geography, Personnel Committee, Chair (2001 - 2002)
  • Department of Geography, Graduate Program Committee, Chair (1999 - 2002)
  • Urban Ecology IGERT Search Committee, Environmental Economist, Member (2002 - 2002)
  • CLAS Multidisciplinary Faculty Seminar Series on People in Motion, Organizer (2000 - 2001)
  • Department of Geography, Executive Commitee, Member (2000 - 2001)
  • Department of Geography, Personnel Committee, Member (2000 - 2001)
  • Faculty Search Committee (Latin Americanist position), Member (2001 - 2001)
  • Constructing a More Valuable Ph.D. at ASU, Graduate College, Focus Group Participant (2000 - 2000)