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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 applies trust theory on the urban scale, focusing on the issue of housing in cities. The city is recognized as a space which offers not only housing but also a home to many individuals and families. Therefore, different notions of place and home are explored in order to understand how societal changes influence the concept of home and what is lost if this special place is not protected. The loss of home due to changing urban environments and policies is part of the everyday reality of many urban residents who live on the flip side of urban redevelopment projects fearing rising rents or evictions. It is argued that these processes cause trust relations to shift affecting the home of individuals, entire neighborhoods, and urban society at large. In her dissertation, Judith Keller analyses various case studies situated in US-American cities.

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.
In 2019, Judith Keller had the honor to participate at the Abigail Adams Summer Seminar at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Here she focused on American democracy from a sociological perspective.

  • Gerhard, U., Keller, J. (28.05.2020): "The Land of (In) Equality – Wie Corona die Ungleichheiten in US-amerikanischen Städten verstärkt". Podcast Corona in the USA
  • Gerhard, U., Keller, J. (2019): "My home is my castle" - über die Rolle von Vertrauen im Wohnungsbau. Ein Blick auf US-amerikanische Städte. Forum Wohnen und Stadtentwicklung, 6, 300-304.
  • Keller, J. (2019): The Spatiality of Trust – Redeveloping New Orleans’s Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina. In: A. Zipf, A. Growe, S. Schmidt & C. Kloner (Eds.): Reisen für die Wissenschaft / Geographien der Extreme (HGG-Journal, Vol. 33), pp. 206-212. Heidelberg: Heidelberger Geographische Gesellschaft.
  • 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 20/21:
  • Ringlecture: Introduction Bachelor American Studies
Summersemester 2020:
  • Field trip + preparation class: From DC to NO - Tracing Urban Geographies in Post-Racial America (in cooperation with Ulrike Gerhard and Wilfried Mausbach, HCA)
Wintersemester 2019/2020:
  • Bachelor American Studies: tutorial Introduction into geography
  • Seminar: The social city - an urban utopia?
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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