Shiloh Krupar Connects with CULP Students
Shiloh Krupar’s academic pursuits span the past, present and future – and at least 6,000 miles. Some scholars possess a deep passion for a single, narrow subject. Others take in everything they can about a given field of knowledge – a time period or a region, for example.
Shiloh Krupar’s academic pursuits span the past, present and future – and at least 6,000 miles. That’s the physical distance between the Western United States, where Krupar has examined vestiges of the Cold War, and Shanghai, China, where she has been researching China’s take on its own future. The common ties between diverse places and time periods, she says, are the universal ways in which people see and relate to the spaces around them.
Krupar has quickly emerged as a popular member of the core Culture and Politics (CULP) faculty at SFS; she arrived at Georgetown in the fall of 2008 after earning a Ph.D. in geography at the University of California, Berkeley. Her attention to decommissioned nuclear and military sites in Washington and Colorado stems from her childhood in each place, while postgraduate research drew her to urban China’s efforts to – as she puts it – “be modern by showing the world you’re modern” through museums and other settings.
Krupar’s instructional approach is similarly unconventional. She often asks students for “concept maps” that illustrate their understanding. “I want people to hone their critical thinking skills,” she says. Krupar also considers performance to be a tool for teaching and learning. In a reading drama adapted for Public Culture entitled “Shanghaiing the Future: A De-tour of the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall,” she writes in the voices of four different characters to provide reflections and meta-reflections. Students are exposed to the subject and style through Krupar’s Detouring the Global City course.
Two years after she arrived, Krupar feels at home within CULP. “It allows students to really create their own curricula,” she says. “My courses are modeled on that.”