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The Childhood, Law & Policy Network (CLPN)

Professor Meghan Cope


Professor of Geography, University of Vermont, United States



I use critical social theory to examine processes of marginalization and oppression as they accrete in places and spaces, especially cities. I approach childhood -- and age in general -- as one of many intersecting dimensions of social difference that is implicated in everyday lives and experiences of places in uneven, and often unjust, ways. I'm currently working on a Digital Atlas project called Mapping American Childhoods, where I focus on combining quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as cartography, to explore early twentieth century constructions of childhood and children's daily geographies.



  • Cope, Meghan. (in press, 2023) ‘Fixing’ Destitute Children: The relational geography of an early twentieth century children’s home through its archives. AREA. (Invited contribution to special issue on ‘Archives and Geography: Knowledge, Politics and Ethics’.)
  • Cope, Meghan. (in press, 2023) Working and Schooling: A critical geography of child labor and compulsory education laws in early twentieth century United States. In Howerton, Gloria & Purdum, Leanne (eds.), Intersections of Youth, Politics, and Law in the United States, West Virginia University Press.
  • Clifford, N. Cope, M., and Gillespie, T. (Eds.) 2023. Key Methods in Geography, 4th Edition. London: Sage.
  • Hay, Iain and Cope, Meghan (eds.) 2021. Qualitative Research Methodologies in Human Geography, 5th Ed. Oxford University Press - Canada.


Intersectionality of race, gender, class, age; Critical Geographies; Qualitative Research Methods; Historical Childhoods
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