Kevin E. McHugh

Associate Professor and Associate Director for Geography
(480) 965-3510
COOR 5590

Additional Affiliation(s)

Faculty, PhD program in Environmental Social Science, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Honors Disciplinary Faculty, Barrett, The Honors College


1984 - Ph.D. (Geography) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1977 - M.A. (Geography) Arizona State University
1976 - B.S. (Geography) Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

Social and cultural geography, geographical thought and theory, cultural studies in aging, cinematic geographies

Current Research Activities

The Thermal City: sensing the city as thermal intensities and encounters using infrared thermography 
(with Jen Kitson)

Place and Aging: excavating the import of place and memory in narrative identities, meanings, and well-being in aging.

Dwelling in Nostalgia: urban practices and performance in the making and remaking of place in historic districts (with Jen Kitson).

Awards and Honors

SGSUP nominee for the Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2011

ASU Parents Association Professor of the Year Award Nominee: 2003, 2004, 2006

Selected Publications


Ann Fletchall, Chris Lukinbeal and Kevin McHugh. 2012. Place, Television, and the Real Orange County. Stuttgart, Germany: Franz Steiner Verlag

McIntyre, N., D. Williams and K. McHugh, eds. 2006. Multiple Dwelling and Tourism: Negotiating Place, Home and Identity. Oxfordshire, UK: CABI Publishing,.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

McHugh, K. and Fletchall, A. 2012 (in press). Festival and the Laughter of Being. Space and Culture 15(4).

McHugh, K. and Fletchall, A. 2012 (in press). The Arizona Renaissance Festival: A Performance in Three Movements. In Festive Performance: Staging Identity, Politics and Utopia in the Americas, eds. R. Bowditch and P. Vissicaro, University of Chicago Press.

Katz, S. and K. McHugh. 2010. Age, Meaning, and Place: Cultural Narratives and Retirement Communities. In Guide to Humanistic Studies in Aging, eds. T. Cole, R. Ray, and R. Kastenbaum, 271-292.  Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

McHugh, K. 2009. Movement, Memory, Landscape: An Excursion in Non-Representational Thought. GeoJournal. 74 (3): 209-218.

McHugh, K. and A. M. Fletchall. 2009. Memento Mori: The Death of Youngtown. The Professional Geographer.  61 (1): 21-35.

McHugh, K. 2007. Un-poetically "Man" Dwells, ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies. 6 (2): 258-277.

McHugh, K. 2007. Generational Consciousness and Retirement Communities, Population, Space and Place.  13: 293-306.

McHugh, K. 2005. Oh, the Places They'll Go! Mobility, Place and Landscape in the Film This is Nowhere.

Journal of Cultural Geography 23 (1): 71-90.

McHugh, K., and E. M. Larson-Keagy. 2004. These White Walls: The Dialectic of Retirement Communities.

Journal of Aging Studies 19 (2): 241-256.

McHugh, K. 2003. Three Faces of Ageism: Society, Image and Place, Ageing & Society 22 (2): 1-21.

McHugh, K., P. Gober, and D. Borough. 2002. The Sun City Wars: Chapter 3. Urban Geography 23 (7): 627-648.

Courses Taught


Introduction to Human Geography
Landscape, Place, and Memory (Honors College)
Journey Stories: People and Place in Motion (with Elizabeth Larson)
Social Geography
Qualitative Research Method


Contemporary Geographic Thought
Geographical Perspectives on Landscape
Culture, Society, and Place