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E-Mail: judith.keller@uni-heidelberg.de
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Judith Keller

Judith Keller is a PhD student in the research team Human Geographies of North America. In her dissertation project she is working on the importance of trust in urban development. Different dimensions of trust are applied to urban development focusing on the relations between institutional players and residents. Her case studies are located in US-American cities. Judith Keller situates her own research on the interface between urban and social studies uncovering urban inequities and working in socio-economic underprivileged neighborhoods.

Judith Keller studied Geography and English at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and Heidelberg University, Tiffin, Ohio, graduating with a double major in 2019. As a research student in the team of Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gerhard she was associated with the graduate program Authority and Trust in American Culture, Society, History, and Politics at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies which allowed her to interrelate her two main interests, namely urban geography and American literary and cultural studies. In her thesis The Spatiality of Trust – Redeveloping New Orleans’s Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina she analyzed the urban dimension of trust using the example of post-Katrina New Orleans.

This summer, Judith Keller participated in a summer seminar at Harvard University’s Abigail Adams Institute in Cambridge, MA. This prestigious institute aims “to engage the humane, socio-political, scientific, professional, religious and artistic arenas of human thought and activity as it also reflects on how different modes of academic inquiry can be held together in service of the common good and a fuller understanding of the human person.” More information can be found at Abigail Adams Institute.

  • Keller, J. (2019): The Spatiality of Trust. Redeveloping New Orleans's Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina. (unpublished dissertation)
  • Keller, J. (2019):The Urban Dimension of Trust: A Conceptual and Empirical Perspective. Deutscher Kongress für Geographie, Kiel, 27.09.2019
Wintersemester 2019/2020:
  • Bachelor American Studies: tutorial Introduction into geography
  • Proseminar: Die soziale Stadt - Eine Utopie?
Summer Semester 2019:
  • Seminar Regional Geography: The US-American South
  • Research Seminar "My Home Is My Castle" - Trust and Authority in recent processes of urban development (in cooperation with Ulrike Gerhard)
Winter Semester 2018/2019:
  • Bachelor American Studies: tutorial Introduction into geography
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