Grad Students

Nerve V. Macaspac



Contact Information

Email    nerve.geog@ucla.edu
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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 peace beyond the dominant definition of absence of violence and peacebuilding as a state-centric project. He teaches Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Political Geography, Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, and International and Area Studies. Nerve holds a graduate certificate in Urban Humanities from UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Design (AUD), and a Masters degree from UC Berkeley.

Fields of Study

Geographies of War and Peace, Peace Studies, Peace Zones, Ethnographic Peace Research, Indigeneity, Sanctuary, Autonomy, Social Movements, 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

DISSERTATION RESEARCH

American Association of Geographers (AAG)

  • Dissertation Research Award, 2018

Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

  • International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Award, 2018

UCLA International Institute 

  • Dissertation Fellowship 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

    UCLA Geography

    • Helin Research Grant, 2014

    SCHOLARSHIPS

    UCLA Geography Graduate Fellowship, 2013-14

    UCLA Graduate Student Research Mentorship (GSRM) Award, 2015

    Rotary Foundation Peace Fellowship, 2009-2011

    Filipino-American Heritage Association, 1996-2001

    PROJECT GRANTS

    Urban Humanities Initiative (UHI) Research Grant, 2017, 2016

    Research

    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 peace beyond the dominant definition of absence of violence and peacebuilding as a state-centric project. He teaches Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Political Geography, Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, and International and Area Studies. Nerve holds a graduate certificate in Urban Humanities from UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Design (AUD), and MA in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley. 

    Degrees

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

    Publications

    Refereed Journal Article

    Macaspac, Nerve V. (2017) “Suspicion and Ethnographic Peace Research.” International Peacekeeping. doi.org/10.1080/13533312.2017.1358622

    Research Report 

    Calatayud, A., R. Martinez, N. Macaspac, et.al. (2011) In Search of Justice: A Population-based Survey on the Participation of Cambodian-Americans in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. Berkeley: UC Berkeley Media and Mail.

    Under Review

    Macaspac, Nerve V. “Geography and Peace.” Progress in Human Geography (Revise and resubmit)

    Macaspac, Nerve V. “Insurgent Peace: Community-led peacebuilding among indigenous peoples in Sagada, Philippines.” Geopolitics. (Revise and resubmit)

    In Preparation

    Macaspac, N.V. “Conflict data and GIS-based analysis of the world’s longest active Maoist insurgency and counter-insurgency.” To be submitted to the Journal of Conflict Studies.

    Macaspac, N.V. “A GIS-based spatio-temporal analysis of the Philippines’ “war on drugs” from 2016 to 2017.” To be submitted to the Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

    Macaspac, Nerve V. “Spatiality of Peace Zones” To be submitted to Political Geography.

    Macaspac, Nerve V. “Peace Zones and the Concept and Practice of Sanctuary.” To be submitted to Antipode.

    Macaspac, Nerve V. “Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) Listing: Interactions and Opportunities.” To be submitted to International Studies.

    Macaspac, N.V. “Mountain Province as Site and Subject of American Geographical Inquiry in the Philippines between 1900-1910.” To be submitted to Cordillera Review.