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Thomas Loder
Thomas Loder
(979) 845-7141
CSA 301E

Department of Geography
Texas A&M University
3147 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-3147


BA, Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, 2009

MA, Geography, University of Kentucky, 2012

Graduate Certificate, Social theory, University of Kentucky, 2012

  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, June 2015
  • Texas A&M Energy Institute Fellowship, Texas A&M University, May 2015
  • Earl Cook Award for Best Student Paper, Association of American Geographers, April 2015
  • Conflict and Development Scholarship, Texas A&M University, March 2015
  • Glasscock Graduate Research Fellowship, Texas A&M University, May 2014
  • GEOG 201: Intro Human Geography (Fall 2016)
  • GEOS 101: Intro Geosciences: Environment in America through Literature and Film (Fall 2016)

Thomas Loder

Ph.D. Student

Research Interests

My research examines the production of formal and Informal knowledge about hydraulic fracturing in North Dakota’s Bakken Formation. Employing a combination of qualitative and geospatial analysis and drawing on various theories from political economy and environmental Studies, I specifically compare and contrast the opinions of government and industry representatives with those of local residents in extractive zones in Western North Dakota.

Selected Publications

Loder, T. (2016). Spaces of consent and the making of fracking subjects in North Dakota: A view from two corporate community forums. The Extractive Industries and Society, 3(3), 736-742.

Loder, T. (2016). Reflections on Activist v. Industry Education Conferences in North Dakota's Bakken Shale. Practicing Anthropology, 38(3), 34-36

Jenkins, J., Boone, K., Bosworth, K., Lehman, J., & Loder, T. (2015). Boom and bust methodology: Opportunities and challenges with conducting research at sites of resource extraction. The Extractive Industries and Society2(4), 680-682.

Rizzoli, P., Weizenbaum, E., Loder, T., Friedman, D., & Loder, E. (2014). The evolution and geographic distribution of headache medicine fellowship programs and graduates: An observational study. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain54(10), 1591-1600.

Loder, T. (2012). “Obsolete archaism, utopian dreams and manure”: biogas and dairy livelihoods in Vermont. The Northeastern Geographer, 4(2), 39-49.

Additional Information

Advisor: Dr Christian Brannstrom
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