Professor of Geography
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Euan Hague is an urban and cultural geographer whose work explores the politics of
place. He completed a BSc in Geography and MA in Cultural Studies in his native United
Kingdom, before emigrating to the United States to pursue a Ph.D. in Geography at
Syracuse University. His publications explore a range of topics, from Confederate
commemoration, white racial identities, and neo-Confederate nationalism, to cultural
relationships between Scotland and America, gentrification, and urban activism.
Hague's scholarship on Scottish-American perceptions of Scotland formed the basis of
his Ph.D. research and led to subsequent articles exploring topics as diverse as the 1995
film "Braveheart," Highland Games and Scottish Festivals held in the USA, and popular
historical romance fiction set in Scotland and written by US authors (such as Diana
Gabaldon's "Outlander"). This work highlights the persistence and popularity in the
American public imagination of a historical and stereotypical Scotland, perspectives that
have been challenged by recent political debates in Scotland over the possibility of
independence from the United Kingdom.
Hague’s interest in how Scotland was represented in the United States led to a focus on
neo-Confederate organizations and their nationalist ideologies. These groups, many of
which formed in the early-1990s, advanced understandings of Scotland and Scottish
history that rejected current scholarship in favor of a mythic valorization of the country
and its people, politically appropriating the concept of “Celtic” identity and ethnicity.
Hague’s examinations of this radical fringe of US right wing politics means is collected
in Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction (University of Texas, 2008) and he was
invited to explore this topic on Politico on the 150th anniversary of the end of the US
Civil War in his essay “Why The Confederacy Lives” .
In Chicago, Hague regularly works with DePaul’s Steans Center for Community-based
Service Learning to engage in research and collaboration with local organizations. His
long-held partnership with the Pilsen Alliance to examine issues of housing and
gentrification explores how Chicago's cultural and urban landscapes have developed
historically and are continuing to change. This research produced a bilingual art
exhibition that examined urban development processes in Pilsen between 2000 and 2005.
The exhibition traveled throughout Chicago and was invited for display in Toronto,
leading to Hague and his collaborators producing a short web-publication, Contested
Chicago: Pilsen and Gentrification in 2008. Continuing this work, and to coincide with
the American Association of Geographers conference in Chicago in 2015 at which her
served as the Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee, Hague examined Chicago’s
North Burling Street, 2005-2015: From Public Housing to Mega-mansions and Pilsen –
The Gentrification Frontier. Alongside DePaul faculty Larry Bennett and Roberta Garner,
Hague continued this exploration of urban change in "Neoliberal Chicago" (University of
At DePaul, Hague was appointed Chair of the Department of Geography in 2009, and
was one of the leaders in devising and delivering DePaul's innovative interdisciplinary
MA in Sustainable Urban Development, which graduated its first students in 2015. In
2016, DePaul's Department of Geography was honored by the American Association of
Geographers with its award for Bachelors Program Excellence. He has also served as
Chair of the West Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers.
Hague believes that it is important to introduce early-career undergraduate students to
geographical concepts and perspectives wit which few are familiar. As a result he focuses
his teaching at the introductory level, regularly teaching gateway disciplinary courses on
Urbanization and Cultural Geography, and Explore Chicago, bringing to freshman
students the complex urban geographies of Chicago. He received DePaul's Excellence in
Teaching Award in 2010.