Dr. Declan Cullen

Postdoctoral Fellow


Declan is from County Wexford in the southeast of Ireland. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Queen’s University with the HEC Lab. His broad interests include historical and cultural geography, with a focus on postcolonial theory, archival research, theories of race, colonialism, travel writing, and environmental history. Declan’s doctoral research analysed the attempted reconstruction of Newfoundland by British colonial authorities in the 1930s and 1940s.

Postdoctoral Research:

Aaron’s postdoctoral research continued his interest in Atlantic Canada but in quite a different register; that of Mi’kmaq rights in Nova Scotia. He was involved, as an historical researcher, in the CIHR-funded project, “Building a Social Policy Framework for the Health and Well-Being of Mi’kmaq Communities: A Two-Eyed Seeing Approach.” His research sought to understand the forces that have historically contributed to high levels of dependence in Mi’kmaq communities, and how governments have responded to the need for income and other forms of support in this context.


  • PhD Geography (with distinction), Syracuse University, 2013.
    • What to do about Newfoundland? Colonial Reconstruction and the Commission of Government, 1933-1941.”
  • Supervisor: Dr. Jamie Winders
    • Committee Members: Don Mitchell (Geography Department, Syracuse), Tod Rutherford (Geography Department, Syracuse), Bob Wilson (Geography Department, Syracuse), and Arn Keeling (Geography Department, Memorial University).
  • MA Geography, University College Dublin, 2006.
    • The Irish Race Conference, Paris, 1922: Geographic Inquiry into Historical Experience
  • Bachelor of Arts, History and Geography. University College Dublin. 2005.


  • Dissertation Prize, Geography Department, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. 2014.
  • National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant for ‘The Commission of Government, Culture, and Place in Newfoundland, Canada, 1933-1949.’ (2010) – $10,000
  • Multi-Year Fellowship, Graduate School, Syracuse University(2007-2010).
  • Maxwell Dean’s Summer Research Award, (2009) – $2,500.
  • Summer Research Grant, Department of Geography, SU (2008) – $2,000.
  • Roscoe Martin Award (2008, 2009) – $2,500.
  • David E. Sopher Memorial Award, Geography Department, SU, (2008) – $2,000.
  • National University of Ireland, Mansion House Scholarship for the study of Irish History, (2005).


2013. Postcolonial Migrations. Social and Cultural Geography. (With Susan P. Mains, Mary Gilmartin, Robina Mohammad, Divya P. Tolia Kelly, Parvati Raghuram, and Jamie Winders).

2013. Postcolonialism. The New Companion to Cultural Geography. Nuala Johnson, Rich Schein, and Jamie Winders, eds. London: Blackwell. (with Jamie Winders and James Ryan).