Kevin S. Fox is a cultural geographer originally from Connecticut in the United States. He grew up in what he considers the borderlands between the suburbs and the rural; the Yankees and the Red Sox; the Pequonnock and the Housatonic; between New York and New England.
After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a BA in Political Science in 1995, he studied International Relations at FLACSO, a think-tank style graduate institution in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Burned out on academic learning, he left after one semester and sought to better understand the Latin American region and its people through a variety of cross-cultural experiences–first, volunteering in a conservation project in the Cloudforest of northern Ecuador, then teaching English in La Paz, Bolivia and, later, working with the Peace Corps in Paraguay where he helped manage Africanized honeybee hives with two community beekeeping groups in the rural Department of Caaguazú.
After five years in Latin America, Fox returned to his hometown, purchased an ice-cream truck, white pants, a white shirt and black bow tie, and sold Good Humor® products along a route and down streets with names he had never heard of before. With the curiosity of a citizen-anthropologist, he interrogated this borderland place he had always called home. This inquiry-based experiential methodology developed even further through a variety of seasonal gigs–pedicab driver in Manhattan, sheep herder in Montana, and commercial crab fisherman off the Gulf coast of Florida.
Fox decided to return to academia in 2006 to study cultural geography and cartography at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where he wrote his thesis on memorialization and the genius loci, or spirit of place. Finding in the discipline a forum for the kinds of questions he was asking, Fox later enrolled as a PhD student at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where, combined with his time as Adjunct Professor at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida, he has taught a number of university-level human geography courses and mentored hundreds of students in inquiry-based projects.
Fox’s research interests include memorial landscapes, mapping, walking, pilgrimage, geographic literacy and the geographical imagination. With a commitment to discussing geographical thinking in more public ways he has presented work in Spain, Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Tanzania and the USA. He has also curated a photographic exhibition framed around small town America meeting small town Spain via images of the Appalachian Trail. In 2013 he walked the entire length of this 3,500 km. National Scenic Trail from Maine to Georgia.
He currently hosts and produces the monthly radio essay program, Geographical Imaginations: Expeditions into the Geographies of Everything and Nothing. In August 2017 he began teaching geography in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
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