Dr. Emily K. Frazier


Schl of Earth Enviro and Sustain
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Schl of Earth Enviro and Sustain
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. Emily Frazier is an assistant professor of human geography in the Department of Geography, Geology and Planning at Missouri State University.

Frazier's research focuses on U.S. refugee resettlement, the work of resettling organizations and the experiences of newcomers in non-traditional destinations in the U.S. Midwest and South. She has conducted fieldwork research with resettlement sites across Missouri, Iowa, Kentucky and Tennessee. Her work also addresses the intersections of immigration and American religion through a focus on faith-based humanitarianism and resettlement.



  • PhD, Geography, 2019, The University of Tennessee – Knoxville
  • BA, International Studies and Cultural Affairs, 2015, Arkansas Tech University


  • GRY 100 World Regional Geography

Professional experience

  • Russell Sage Foundation Pipeline Scholar
  • Fellow of the Social Science Research Council's RSDR Program
  • American Association of Geographers member

Research and professional interests

  • Cultural and political geography
  • Migration, refugees and displacement
  • Borders, place and identity
  • Geographies of (un)welcome and belonging
  • Building sustainable communities
  • Religion and civil society

Selected Publications:

  • Frazier, E. 2021. Understanding ‘faith’ in faith-based organizations: refugee resettlement work as religious practice. Social & Cultural Geography. https://doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2021.1910992
  • Frazier, E. & M. van Riemsdijk. 2021. When ‘Self-Sufficiency’ Is Not Sufficient: Refugee Integration Discourses of US Resettlement Actors and the Offer of Refuge. Journal of Refugee Studies, 34:3, 3113 - 3130. https://doi.org/10.1093/jrs/feaa119
  • Frazier, E. 2020. When fieldwork 'fails': Participatory Visual Methods And Fieldwork Encounters With Resettled Refugees. Geographical Review, 110: 1-2, 133-144. Special Issue on Geographic Fieldwork in the 21st Century. DOI 10.1111/gere.12344

Awards and honors

  • Pipeline Grants Award, The Russell Sage Foundation in partnership with the Gates Foundation, 2021
  • Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal Fellow, The Social Science Research Council, 2021
  • 19 of the Last 9 Outstanding Alumni Award, Arkansas Tech University, 2021

Areas of Expertise

Anthropology Sociology Sustainability Science Social Issues