Dr. Edward C. Holland

 Dr. Edward C. Holland
Assistant Professor of Geography

119 Gearhart Hall
Department of Geosciences
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone:  479-575-6635
FAX:  479-575-3469
Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder, Geography, 2012
M.A. University of Colorado at Boulder, Geography, 2007
B.A. Princeton University, Politics, 2002 (Certificate in Russian Studies
Teaching Areas Political Geography, Cultural Geography, International Studies,  Geography of Conflict and Political Violence, Geography of Religion, Regional Geographies of Europe and Eurasia
Research Interests These range across a variety of topic, including political violence, religion, and critical geopolitics and are generally focused on the Russian Federation.  I have three on-going projects related to these themes. The first will result in a book manuscript, tentatively titled To the Golden Abode:  Kalmyk Buddhism in History, Minority, and Diaspora, which is a comparative geography on Buddhism's role for the Kalmyks during the Soviet period, in post-Soviet Russia, and in diaspora in the Untied States.  This project has been supported by the US National Science Foundation, a US Fulbright Scholar Award, and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.  The second is a jointly-edited volume (with Matthew Derrick, Humboldt State University) entitled Questioning Post-Soviet, which reflects on the legacies of the Soviet Union in the fifteen successor states 25 years after the country's breakup; this project is also supported by the Kennan Institute.  My third line of research is an ongoing investigation into political violence, religion, and national identity in Russia's North Caucasus, specifically the republic of Dagestan.
Linke, A., F.D.W. Witmer, E.C. Holland, and J. O’Loughlin. 2017. Mountains and the geography of conflict dynamics in the Post-Soviet Caucasus. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 107.
Holland, E.C. 2016. Economic Development and Subsidies in the North Caucasus. Problems of Post-Communism 63 (1): 50-61.
Holland, E.C. 2015. Competing interpretations of Buddhism’s revival in the Russian Republic of Kalmykia. Europe-Asia Studies 67 (6): 948-969.
Eldarov, E.M., E.C. Holland, and M.-K.B. Kamilov. 2015 Oil and gas production in the Russian sector of the Caspian Sea: public opinion on development paths and consequences. The Professional Geographer 67 (3): 342-350.   
Holland, E.C. 2014. Buddhism in Russia: challenges and choices in the post-Soviet period. Religion, State & Society 42 (4): 389-402.
Antonsich, M. and E.C. Holland. 2014. Territorial attachment in the age f globalization: the case of Western Europe. European Urban and Regional Studies 21 (2): 206-221.
Holland, E.C. 2014. Religious practice and belief in the Republic of Buryatia: comparing across faiths and national groups. Nationalities Papers 42 (1): 165-180.
Holland, E.C. and E.M. Eldarov. 2012. ‘Going away on foot’ once again: the revival of temporary labour migration from Russia’s Dagestan. Central Asian Survey 31 (4): 379-393.
Holland, E.C. 2012. ‘To think and imagine and see differently’: popular geopolitics, graphic narrative, and Joe Sacco’s ‘Chechen war, Chechen women.’ Geopolitics 17 (1): 105-129.
O’Loughlin, J., E.C. Holland, and F.D.W. Witmer. 2011. The changing geography of violence in Russia’s North Caucasus: regional trends and local dynamics in Dagestan, Ingushetia and Kabardino-Balkaria, 1999-2011. Eurasian Geography and Economics 52 (5): 596-630.
Holland, E.C. and J. O’Loughlin. 2010. Ethnic competition, radical Islam, and challenges to stability in the Republic of Dagestan. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 43 (3): 297-308.
Eldarov, E.M., E.C. Holland, Z. Abdulagatov, S. Aliyev, and Z. Ataev. 2007. Resettlement and migration in post-Soviet Dagestan. Eurasian Geography and Economics 48 (2): 226-248.
O’Loughlin, J., F. Witmer, T. Dickinson, N. Thorwardson, and E. Holland. 2007. Preface to the special issue and map supplement. Eurasian Geography and Economics 48 (2): 127-134.
Book Chapters
Holland, E.C. 2015.Mapping Bosnia: cartographic representation in Joe Sacco’s graphic narratives. In D. Worden (ed.), The Comics of Joe Sacco: Journalism in a Visual World, pp. 85-100. Oxford, MS: The University Press of Mississippi.
Holland, E.C. and M. Todd [equal authorship]. 2015. Islam and Buddhism in the changing Post-Soviet religious landscape. In S.D. Brunn (ed.), The Changing World Religion Map, pp. 1515-1530. Berlin: Springer.
Holland, E.C.  2014Postmodern witness: journalism and representation in Joe Sacco’s Christmas with Karadzic. In J. Dittmer (ed.), Comic Book Geographies, pp. 109-124. Mainz, Germany: Franz Steiner Verlag.
Editorials and Short Essays
Holland, E.C. 2011. Barack Obama’s foreign policy, just war, and the irony of political geography. Political Geography 30 (2): 59-60.
Awards and Fellowships
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award (2016-2017)
Title VIII Short-Term Grant, Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies (2016)
Title VIII Research Scholarship, Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies (2013)
 Dissertation Enhancement Award, Russian, Central Eurasian, and East European Specialty Group (2010)
Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award #0928871, National Science Foundation (2009)