Department of Geography and Anthropology

Matthew Mitchelson

Assistant Chair, Department of Geography and Anthropology
Associate Professor of Geography

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
Social Sciences Building (SO 402), Room 4078
Phone: 470-578-6240


Dr. Matthew Mitchelson is an economic geographer who studies imprisonment in the United States. His research and teaching interests generally include urban-economic geography, political geography, and GIS. He is particularly interested in multi- and mixed-method research and theories of political economy. His current research includes: a quantitative, cartographic spatial analysis of Georgia prisoners’ homes and the prisons in which they were held; a qualitative study of the ‘migrations’ experienced during imprisonment; and a critical discourse analysis of prison privatization debates. Dr. Mitchelson is also currently co-editing (with Drs. Jenna Loyd and Andrew Burridge) the Beyond Walls and Cages book project, which documents and analyzes the convergence of contemporary penal and migration policies. Dr. Mitchelson earned a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia’s Department of Geography (2010), and an M.A. from the Department of Geography at East Carolina University (2005). Dr. Mitchelson also earned a degree in Finance from the University of Kentucky (2001), and worked for two years at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, before beginning his formal geographic training.