• Hudson McFann
  • Hudson McFann
  • Research Interests: historical geography, political geography, the history and politics of humanitarianism, aesthetics, oral history, political violence, waste, Cambodia and Southeast Asia
  • Advisor: D. Asher Ghertner
  • Degree: Ph.D.



My dissertation is a study of the history and legacies of Khao I Dang (1979–93) refugee camp, established by UNHCR in Thailand in the wake of the Cambodian genocide. The project draws from library and archival research in the U.S., Cambodia, Thailand, Switzerland, France, and England, as well as oral history interviews with former UN and U.S. government officials, relief workers, and refugees.

Pending approval by narrators, a selection of interview transcripts produced in the course of this research will be donated to the Rutgers Oral History Archives as part of a dedicated Khao I Dang collection.

Previous Degrees:

  • M.A., Political Ecology and Ethnographic Film, NYU
  • B.A., Geography, Ohio State University


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  • Ghertner, D.A., H. McFann, and D.M. Goldstein, editors. 2020. Futureproof: Security Aesthetics and the Management of Life. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. View online
  • McFann, H., and A.L. Hinton. 2018. "Impassable Visions: The Cambodia to Come, the Detritus in its Wake." In A Companion to the Anthropology of Death, edited by A.C.G.M. Robben, 223–235. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. View online
  • McFann, H. 2014. "Humans-as-Waste." In Discard Studies Compendium, edited by M. Liboiron, M. Acuto, and R. Nagle. Discard Studies blog. View online


  • AAG Applied Geography Specialty Group Student Research Fellowship (2018)
  • Senior Fellowship, Center for Khmer Studies (2017–2018)
  • Presidential Fellowship, Rutgers University (2013–2014, 2016–2018)
  • Graduate Fellowship in Arts & Aesthetics, Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University (2016–2017)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2011–2016)
  • Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education (2015) – Declined
  • Junior Fellowship, Center for Khmer Studies (2014)
  • M.A. Degree Representative, Class of 2013, NYU Gallatin
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowship, IIE / U.S. Department of State (2010–2011)
  • Best Poster, 15th ENRGHI Conference, Geography Institute of Paris (2010)
  • Provost's Distinguished Senior Award, Ohio State University (2010)
  • Huntington Award for Outstanding Undergraduates, Department of Geography, Ohio State University (2010)
  • Beinecke Scholarship (2009)


2021 cohort names

2021 Cohort of Rutgers Geography Graduate Students