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Judith Keller

Judith Keller is a PhD student in the graduate program "Authority and Trust in American Culture, Society, History, and Politics" at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA), funded by the German Research Association (DFG). In this interdisciplinary program she works on the urban dimension of trust. In her thesis The Spatiality of Trust she already explored different spatial aspects of trust using the example of post-Katrina New Orleans. Judith Keller studied Geography and English at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and Heidelberg University, Tiffin, Ohio, graduating with a double major in 2019. She has been a research associate in the Geographies of North America working group ever since. 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.

Research Areas

Judith Keller applies a socio-geographic perspective to urban spaces, focusing on questions of social justice such as access to housing, education, health services, supermarkets, and urban infrastructure. Her research focuses on North-American cities, broadening this perspective with a migration and mobilities approach to the Americas. Further, Judith Keller enjoys bridging the gap between her two fields of study – geography and literary and cultural studies – by exploring the representation of (urban) spaces in books and movies.

PhD Project

In her PhD project Judith Keller focuses on the importance of trust for urban development, especially with regards to home and housing in the city. In a rapidly changing urban environment, many cities are facing a housing crisis. Fearing for one’s home or losing it is thus part of the everyday reality of many urban residents who live on the flip side of urban redevelopment projects. 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. This PhD project is part of a larger interdisciplinary endeavor on Authority and Trust in from of the graduate program at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies.

  • 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)
  • Gerhard, U., Keller, J. (2020):Renaissance oder Krise? Überlegungen zur aktuellen Situation und Zukunft der US-amerikanischen Stadt". Ruperto Carola Ringvorlesung, Heidelberg, 14.12.2020
  • Keller, J. (2019):The Urban Dimension of Trust: A Conceptual and Empirical Perspective. Deutscher Kongress für Geographie, Kiel, 27.09.2019
Wintersemester 20/21:
  • Bachelor American Studies: tutorial Introduction into geography
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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