Richard Nisa

Assistant Professor of Geography

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Courses Taught

  • Geography & World Issues
  • Urban Geography
  • Economics & Society
  • Geographies of Development
  • Surveillance & Security
  • Geographies of Detention & Incarceration

Research Interests

Professor Nisa is a political and historical geographer. His research focuses on American military detention practice, technologies of bodily control, and the spatiality of twentieth and twenty-first century American warfare. His most recent work explores transformations in detention practice resulting from the incorporation of digital databases, networked technologies, and predictive analytics into contemporary war. Professor Nisa's other areas of interest include economic geography, development, and political ecology.


  • Ph.D., Geography, Rutgers University
  • M.A., Geography, Rutgers University
  • B.Arch., Architecture, Syracuse University

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • "Logistics of the Encounter, Discourses of Precision, and Military Detention in the Persian Gulf War," presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL, April 2015
  • "Anxiety, Fear, and Rumor in the Vietnam War: Thresholds of Power Between Air and Ground," presented at the 20th Annual Mini-Conference On Critical Geography, Philadelphia, PA, November 2014.
  • “Airborne Evacuation in the Vietnam War: Violence, Care, and the Helicopter,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, FL, April 2014.
  • “Capture at the Speed of Bandwidth: Digital Biometric Encounters in the Everywhere War,” presented at Calculative Devices in a Digital Age, Durham, UK, November 2013.
  • "Capturing Humanitarian War: The Collusion of Violence and Care in US-Managed Military Detention," Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, CA, April 2013.
  • "On the Architecture and Geography of Detention," Department of Art History, Rutgers University: Curating Guantanamo: Public History and Public Awareness (Andy Urban, Instructor), April 2012.
  • "The Walls of the Prison, Reconsidered: Enclosure, Control, and U.S. Military Detention after 1949," Fugitive Geographies Symposium at the Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, CT, March 2011.
  • "Administrative Processing in U.S. Military Detention after the Geneva Conventions," Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, New Brunswick, NJ, December 2010.


  • Graduate Fellow, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, 2010-11.
  • Graduate Student Fellow, Carnegie Center for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning (CASTL), 2008-11.



Richard Nisa
Assistant Professor of Geography
Tel: 973-443-8472

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Fairleigh Dickinson University
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