Coastal Carolina University

2018-present, Assistant Professor, HTC Honors College and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

Ohio Wesleyan University

2016-2018, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Geology & Geography


Vanderbilt University

Ph.D., Community Research and Action, August 2016
Graduate Certificate, Women's and Gender Studies

Dissertation: Restoring the Human in the Search for Nature: Homelessness, Ecology, and the Struggle for Change

M.S., Community Research and Action, 2011

Thesis: Hydrologic Discourses: The Politics and Practices of Hidden Water in Nashville, TN

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

M.P.S., Environmental and Forest Biology, 2005

Concentrations: Natural History and Environmental Interpretation, Aquatic Ecology

Rutgers University

B.S., Biology

Concentration: Ecology

Competitive Grants & Awards


2020-2021          Broadening Participation in Engineering, National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate

       Competitive Research. Co-Principal Investigator $10,000 (PI: Monica Gray)

2019-2020          Course Development Grant, Coastal Office of Online Learning ($3,000)

2019-2020          Planting Justice, Building Community: Conway Community Garden Project, CCU Interdisciplinary Experiential

                            Learning Grant (with Jaime McCauley, Darcy Coughlan, & Dominique Cagalanan) ($3,000)

Jan-May 2019    Faculty Mentee, CCU Faculty Peer Mentoring Program for Education Abroad Development ($3,818)

January 2019     Sponsored Workshop Fellow, National Science Foundation Workshop on Community Geography ($450) 

July-Aug 2017   National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar in Space, Place, and the Humanities ($2,700)
2015 – 2016       AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship ($20,000)

2015 – 2016       Graduate Writing Fellow, Vanderbilt University Writing Studio ($25,000) (declined)

2015 – 2016       Peabody Honors Scholarship ($5,000)

2009 – 2014       Vanderbilt University Graduate Fellowship ($50,000)

2009 – 2014       Peabody College Dean’s Fellowship ($5,000)


2015     Invited member of the Global Feminisms Collaborative, Vanderbilt University

2015     Participant in the “Critical Physical Geography” AAG Pre-conference Workshop, Chicago, IL

2012     Outstanding Instructor in Human and Organizational Development Award, Vanderbilt University

2012     Competitively selected to attend the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College (funding

             provided by Vanderbilt University American Studies Department)

2010     Competitively selected for an NSF-funded workshop on “Graph Theory and Biological Networks” at the

             National Institute for Math and Biological Synthesis in Knoxville, TN

2008     Citizen’s Committee for NYC Better Neighborhood Grant, Awarded for “Bushwick Youth-Led Community

             Food Assessment” 



2017     “Stigmatized places as therapeutic landscapes: The beneficial dimensions of riverbottom homeless

              encampments.” Medicine Anthropology Theory 4(1): 123-150.

2013     "Crowdsourcing Urban Surveillance: The Development of Homeland Security Markets for Environmental

              Sensor Networks," Geoforum 49: 279-288 (with Torin Monahan).

2010     "Sensing Environmental Danger in the City," International Review of Information Ethics 12: 21-27

              (with Torin Monahan).



“Restoring the Human in the Search for Nature: Homelessness, Ecology, and the Struggle for Change.” Coastal Carolina University, University College Honors Program, February 2018.

“Restoring the Human in the Search for Nature: Homelessness, Ecology, and the Struggle for Change.” University of Kentucky, Department of Geography, January 2018.

“Restoring the Human in the Search for Nature: Homelessness, Ecology, and the Struggle for Change.” Bates College, Department of Environmental Studies, January 2017.

“Restoring the Human in the Search for Nature: Homelessness, Ecology, and the Struggle for Change.” Wofford College, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, December 2016.

“The Work of Hygiene and Pollution in Urban River Restoration.” Michigan State University, Department of Community Sustainability, February 2016.

“Restoring the Floodplain, Constructing the Natural: Homelessness, Ecology, and the Struggle for Change.” Michigan State University, Department of Community Sustainability, March 2015.

“Ethnographic Methods for Community Engaged Justice Research.” Vanderbilt University Critical Methodology Working Group, March 2015.


"Critical Methods for Community-Engaged Socio-Environmental Research." Panel organized and chaired at American Association of Geographers meeting, Washington, DC, April 2019 (with Nathan Rowley).

“Debt as Social Obligation.” Panel organized at American Studies Association, Washington, DC, November 2013 (with Brian Murphy and Megan Black).

“Urban Plans, Technologies, and Narratives.” Chair. American Anthropological Association meeting, Montreal, November 2011.



"Community-Engaged Research Across Conflict and Difference." American Association of Geographers meeting in Denver, CO, April 2020. (cancelled due to Covid-19)

"The Complexities of Community: Engendering Change Through Ethnographic Research Across Difference." American Association of Geographers meeting in Boston, MA, April 2017.

“Scholar-Activism: Navigating Theory and Methodology in Critically Engaged and Situated Work” panel participant at 23rd Annual Conference on Critical Geography in Lexington, KY, October 2016.

“Exploring the Politics of Sensing Through Participatory Methods.” American Association of Geographers meeting in San Francisco, CA, March 2016.

“The Work of Hygiene and Pollution in the Restoration of Riverbottom Homeless Encampments.” American Association of Geographers meeting in Chicago, IL, April 2015.

“The Politics of Security and Invasion in Urban Stream Restoration.” Dimensions of Political Ecology meeting in Lexington, KY, February 2015.

“I’m the Cleanest Hobo I Know.” Poster at UNC Water and Health Conference, Chapel Hill, NC, Oct 2014.

“Preservation or Progress: Development, Power, and the Future of Place in Bells Bend, TN.” American Studies Association meeting in Washington, DC, Nov. 2013.

“Disaster for Whom?: The Politics of Security and Invasion in Urban Stream Restoration.” Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) meeting in San Diego, CA, October 2013.

“Buried Streams and Hidden Narratives: A Sociomaterial Approach to Understanding Urban Water.” Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, October 2012.

“Intersecting Human and Physical Geographies in the Creation of Place.” American Association of Geographers meeting in Seattle, WA, April 2011.



“The Political Economy of Current Initiatives in Housing Reform.” Public Forum on Ventura County’s Housing Crisis, Ventura, CA, June 2014.

“Water Footprints, Society, and Justice.” Gardening Partners of Dickson County, Dickson, TN, June 2012.

“Youth Documenting Fast Food, Slow Food, and No Good Food in the Community.” Baum Forum: Schools, Food, and Community at Columbia University in New York, April 2008.

Professional Service to Discipline

Steering Committee Member, Community Geographies Collaborative, December 2019-preent

Reviewer: ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies

       Geographical Review


University Service

2019-present  Member, University Senate Faculty Development Committee, Coastal Carolina University

2019-present  Member, Sustainability Program Advisory Group, Coastal Carolina University

2019                Member, Teacher-Scholar Showcase Organizing Committee, Coastal Carolina University

2019                Mentor, CINO Elevate student mentoring program, Coastal Carolina University

2018-present  Member, LGBTQIA+ Faculty Caucus, Coastal Carolina University

2011                Mentor, Leadership Alliance minority student summer research program, Vanderbilt University

2011-2012       Member, Dean’s Graduate Programming Committee, Vanderbilt University

2010-2016       Member, Minority Student Committee, Dept. of Human and Organizational Development

2010-2013       Co-facilitated three department-wide discussions on the topic of interdisciplinarity

Professional Associations

American Studies Association

Association of American Geographers

(Sections: Cultural and Political Ecology; Ethics, Justice, & Human Rights; Health & Medical Geography)

Ecological Society of America

Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S)

© 2017 Jennifer T. Mokos