The Graduate Program

4 Thomas Kim GradProgramThe 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.

Faculty Pages

Outside the Classroom

  • Hernández, Mónica P.

    La Boquilla is a community of almost six thousand people dedicated mostly to fishery. It is located north from Cartagena on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia, approximately 400 miles from Bogota, the capital city. Besides fishery, tourism represents an important sector for its inhabitants. During weekends and high season (December-January/July-August), people from La Boquilla and surrounding villages provide services for tourists, which constitute an important component of the village’s economy. Almost 70% of the population in the area is Afro-Colombian. They were recognized as an...