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College of Arts & Sciences
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment


Conor M. Harrison

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography & 
the School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment

Phone Number: 803-576-6010
Email: cmharris@mailbox.sc.edu
Office: Callcott 227
Research Areas: Energy Resources
Environmental Humanities
Society, Policy & Environment
Sustainability
Research Summary:

Dr. Harrison’s research examines the relationship between energy and society, with a particular focus on political economy and power relations.  Portions of his work have been published in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Geoforum, and Local Environment. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Center for Study of the American South, and the University of North Carolina.

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Conor M. Harrison

Dr. Harrison’s research examines the relationship between energy and society, with a particular focus on political economy and power relations. He is currently working on two research projects. One examines processes of urbanization through a focus on long distance transmission and interior house wiring, with a particular focus on Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. The second projects traces the flows of investment capital, expertise, and technology in the ongoing energy transition to renewables in the Caribbean. Dr. Harrison's past research has traced the historical development of electricity supply systems and markets in the American South. This work focused on the interactions of an emerging networked infrastructure with contrasting ideas and methods of financing, governance, and ideologies of race in the American South between 1900 and 1980. Previously Dr. Harrison has examined energy poverty in rural North Carolina. Portions of his work have been published in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Geoforum, and Local Environment. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Center for Study of the American South, and the University of North Carolina.

Teaching 

GEOG 121 Globalization and World Regions

GEOG 313 Economic Geography

ENVR 202 Environmental Science and Policy II

ENVR 490 Energy, Society and Space

Dr. Harrison is also engaged in a project focused on improving energy literacy through student-led fieldwork at home. See details here.

Representative Publications 

 

Harrison, C. 2016. Race, Space, and Electric Power: Jim Crow and the 1934 North Carolina Rural Electrification Survey. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. Online first.

Thoyre, A. and C. Harrison. 2016. Introduction: Teaching energy geographies. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 40(1): 31-38.

van der Horst, D, C. Harrison, S. Staddon, G. Wood. 2016. Improving energy literacy through student-led fieldwork - at home.Journal of Geography in Higher Education 40(1): 67-76.

Harrison, C. 2016. The American South: Electric and Race in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, 1900-1935. In Luque, A and Silver, J.Energy, Power and Protest on the Urban Grid: Geographies of the Electric City. London: Routledge.

Harrison, C. 2015. Extending the 'White Way': municipal streetlighting and race, 1900-1930. Social and Cultural Geography. 16(8): 950-973.

Harrison, C. 2013. Accomplished by means which are indefensible: Electric utilities, finance, and the natural barriers to accumulation. Geoforum. 49: 173-183.

Harrison, C. 2013. The historical-geographical construction of power: Electricity in eastern North Carolina. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. 18(4): 469-486.

Harrison, C. & Popke, J. 2011. 'Because You Got to Have Heat': Fuel Poverty, Weatherization, and Landscapes of Care. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 101(4): 949-961.