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Daniel Buck

Associate Professor
Director of Asian Studies Program
Asian Studies, Geography, School of Global Studies and Languages
Phone: 541-346-2353
Office: 109 Condon Hall
Office Hours: Wednesdays 1:00-2:00, or by appointment
Research Interests: Geography/Asian Studies, Economic Geography, Development, Political Economy, Environment/Society, East Asia and China.


Fields: political economy; political ecology; economic geography; development; food and agrarian studies; urban studies; Asian Studies; China and East Asia. My research combines these approaches to explore the mutual constitutions of society, space, and nature, and I have published on the following topics: industrial network restructuring in urban and rural Shanghai; China’s urbanization and transition to capitalism through the prism of 19th-century Europe and America; peak oil through the relationship between natural resources, technology change, and capitalism; the agrarian roots of flexible production networks in Taiwan; and the political economy of organic agriculture.


Office Hours, Spring 2021: Wednesdays 1-3, or by appointment (email to request zoom link)

Recent Teaching:

Spring 2021:

  • ASIA 350: What is Asia? Theoretical Debates

Other courses taught in recent years:

  • ASIA 111: Great Books on Asia (w/Asian Studies faculty team)
  • GEOG 342: Globalization & Development
  • ASIA 425/525: Asian Foodways
  • HC 431H: Global/Local Food
  • GEOG 468/568: Contemporary Food Systems
  • ASIA 480/580: The Chinese Economy
  • GEOG 607: Society, Space, Nature
  • GEOG 611: Geography Theory & Practice I (w/Mark Fonstad)
  • GEOG 612: Geography Theory & Practice II (w/Mark Fonstad)
  • ASIA 611: Critical Approaches to Asian Studies: Research Methods
  • ASIA 612: Critical Approaches to Asian Studies: Theory
  • GBE 610: Global Business Environments (China component)