Jennifer T. Mokos


M.S., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
M.P.S., SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
B.S., Rutgers University


Jennifer Mokos is a broadly trained human geographer interested in relationships between knowledge production, culture, and the environment. Her research combines interpretive social science with ecology, art, and community practice to address political and ethical issues related to urban environmental studies, spatial and epistemic justice, and social health. Her current work investigates the interplay between human health and landscape health through ethnographic research on the ecological restoration of rivers in southern California that have been sites of long-term homeless encampments.

Jennifer completed her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University where she was awarded an Outstanding Instructor Award. She is also the recipient of a 2016 American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Fellowship. Her work is published in Geoforum, The International Review of Information Ethics, and in a forthcoming special issue of Medicine Anthropology Theory focused on health and place.

Jennifer teaches the department’s courses in cultural, economic, and urban geography. She has worked with students on community-engaged projects that include participatory GIS mapping and the creation of short-form video documentaries. At OWU, Jennifer has mentored student research on the cultural politics of Capoeira and race in Brazil, and on the social implications of the privatization of nature reserves in Patagonia.

More information about Jennifer’s teaching and research can be found on her website and urban geography course blog.

Areas of Concentration

  • Political ecology
  • Health geography
  • Science and technology studies
  • Urban studies, housing and homelessness
  • Gender studies
  • Ethnographic and participatory research methods
  • Photography and visual culture
  • Intersections between science and art