Vanessa Massaro

Vanessa Massaro

Associate Professor of Geography
Geography Department Chair
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About Vanessa Massaro

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Geography and Women's Studies (dual degree), Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A., Geography, University of Arizona
  • B.S., Geography, Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

  • Social and cultural geography
  • Critical data studies
  • Feminist research methodology
  • Critical prison studies


  • Geography 101, Globalization, People & Place
  • Geography 220, Cultural Geography
  • Geography 228, Media, Space and Place
  • Geography 317/Women's and Gender Studies 317, Carceral Landscapes

Selected Publications

Massaro, V. A., Dhar, S., Mir, D., & Ryan, N. C. (2022). Carceral algorithms and the history of control: An analysis of the Pennsylvania additive classification tool. Big Data & Society, 9(1).

Smith, J. L., Massaro, V., & Miller, G. (2021). Policing Gentrification: The Financial Geography of Law Enforcement Practices in Philadelphia. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 20(6), 637–665. Retrieved from

Massaro, VA, Shaunna Barnhart, Michael Lasky, Kathy Jeremiah, (2021) "Building Sustainable Communities Through Engaged Learning: A University-Community Partnership for Sustained Change in a Central Pennsylvania Coal Town," Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 14(1).

Monique Alexander and Vanessa Massaro. (2020) "School Deserts: Visualizing the Death of the Neighborhood School," Policy Futures in Education, 18(6), pp 787–805. 2020.

Vanessa Massaro. (2019) "Relocating the "Inmate": Tracing the Geographies of Care in Correctional Supervision," Environment and Planning C: Society and Space, 38(7–8), 1216–1236.

Vanessa Massaro. (2019) "Who is the expert on incarceration? Undergraduate researchers and deference to local knowledge in Philadelphia," SAGE Methods Cases Anthology in Politics & International Relations.

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