The Graduate Program in Geography encourages work on a wide range of research specialties and fosters strong interdisciplinary ties. Specific research topics reflected in the work of our faculty include: human geography, focusing on contemporary and historic dynamics of urban development; urban revitalization and gentrification; grassroots politics; citizenship; democratic theory and practice; housing, residential segregation, and community control of land use; globalization; international trade; gender and race; and international development; physical geography, including studies of climate; hydrology; snow-cover dynamics; glaciology; tropical forest disturbances; landscape dynamics; coastal geomorphology groundwater and water supply; and human-environmental geography, focused on human responses to environmental hazards; megacity disasters; human dimensions of global environmental and climate change; public health and risk communication; institutional and cross-cultural aspects of environmental management; political ecology; environmental justice; and forests, fisheries, wildlife, and agro-ecologies. Each of these core areas may be enhanced through training in advanced geographical techniques, consisting of remote sensing, geographic information science and spatial analysis.
The graduate program has a total of 28 faculty members. They consist of eight members of the “core” Department of Geography faculty and faculty members with geographic research interests located in other departments, such as Human Ecology, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Ecology, Evolution & Natural Resources, Landscape Architecture among others.