Mia Moy Bennett

Department of Geography, College of Arts and Sciences, Assistant Professor


Mia Bennett is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography. As a political geographer with geospatial skills, through fieldwork and remote sensing, sheresearches the geopolitics of development in northern frontiers, namely the Arctic, Russian Far East, and along the more remote corridors of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. She has conducted fieldwork along the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway in Canada’s Northwest Territories and is particularly interested in the role of Indigenous Peoples in leading infrastructure development in the North American Arctic. Mia received a Ph.D. in Geography from UCLA, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and a Master’s in Philosophy in Polar Studies from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Scholar. She has published extensively in both peer-reviewed journals and popular publications and edits a long-running blog on the Arctic at cryopolitics.com.

Teaching and Research Interests:

Political geography; remote sensing; indigenous capitalism; infrastructure development in Arctic and Chinese frontiers.