Grad Students

Nerve Valerio Macaspac



Contact Information

Email    nerve.geog@ucla.edu
Office  Not Available
Phone  
Nerve is a PhD candidate in Geography. Funded by the NSF and SSRC, his dissertation examines the phenomenon of community-led peace zones during active armed conflict to better understand the concept of sanctuary as a strategy in protecting vulnerable lives. He teaches GIS, Cultural, Political, and Economic Geography. He holds a Masters degree from UC Berkeley.

Fields of Study

Geographies of War and Peace | Peace zones | Sanctuary | Autonomy | Heterotopia | Prefigurative Politics | Social Movements | Political Geography | Cultural Geography | Peace Studies | Film Studies | Critical Ethnography | Critical | GIS | Qualitative Research | Southeast Asia | Philippines

Advisors

Ph.D.

  • Adam Moore (chair), UCLA Geography
  • Eric Sheppard, UCLA Geography
  • Helga Leitner, UCLA Geography
  • Jessica Cattelino, UCLA Anthropology
  • David Delgado Shorter, UCLA World Arts and Cultures/Dance 

M.A.

  • Jeffrey Hadler+(chair), UC Berkeley South and Southeast Asian Studies
  • Michael Watts, UC Berkeley Geography
  • Nancy Scheper-Hughes, UC Berkeley Anthropology

Awards

Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

  • International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Award, 2018

National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • Geography and Spatial Sciences Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (GSS DDRI), 2017

International Peace Research Association (IPRA) Foundation

  • Peace Research Grant, 2016

Antipode Foundation

  • Institute of Geographies of Justice (IGJ) Travel Grant, 2015

UCLA 

  • International Institute Fieldwork Fellowship Award, 2018
  • Urban Humanities Initiative (UHI) Research Grant, 2016
  • Graduate Student Research Mentorship (GSRM) Award, 2015

UCLA Geography Department

  • Helin Research Grant, 2014

UC Berkeley

  • Human Rights Center Research Grant, 2011
  • War Crimes Studies Center's Institute in Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Travel Grant, 2010

Rotary Foundation

  • Rotary Peace Fellowship, 2009-2011

Research

Nerve's dissertation, Insurgent Peace, ethnographically examines the phenomenon of community-led peace zones during active armed conflict to better understand the concept of sanctuary as a social, spatial, and temporal strategy in protecting vulnerable lives. His dissertation research is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Social Science Research Council (SSRC), International Peace Research Association (IPRA) Foundation, and the UCLA Geography Department Helin Research Grant. He teaches GIS, Cultural, Political, and Economic Geography, and International and Area Studies. He holds a Masters degree from UC Berkeley. 

Degrees

  • M.A. Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A. Education, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Publications

Published

Co-authored. 2011. "In Search of Justice: A Population-based Survey on the Participation of Cambodian-Americans in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal." Berkeley: University of California Document and Media Office.

Under review

"Suspicion and the Ethnography of War and Peace", International Peacekeeping

"Insurgent Peace: Community-led Peacebuilding Practices", Geopolitics

"Geography and Peace", Progress in Human Geography

In progress

"Peace zones and sanctuary", to be submitted to Political Geography