Core faculty promoted

23 June 2021
Laura Schneider and Kevin St. Martin have both been promoted to Full Professor

Environmental Studies Major Draws Liberal Arts Students

28 May 2021
  Studying the environment is no longer just for students seeking to become scientists. The School of Arts and Sciences has launched a new bachelor’s degree program that allows undergraduates from across the liberal arts to develop a second major exploring issues such as climate change,...

Greenland research expedition film has just been made available.

30 April 2021
A film by Iva Radivojevic about Professor Åsa Rennermalm's 2018 expedition to Greenland has just been made available: Åsa, Sasha Leidman (PhD candiate in Geography), Kierin Rogers...

Three undergraduate students were awarded the 2021 Clark Award.

29 April 2021
The faculty of Geography was extremely impressed by their academic accomplishments, active and inclusive engagement in our classrooms, and work in promoting the undergraduate geography community in various ways. We all wish them the best of luck as they move forward after graduation. This award is...

Graduate students Alex Liebman and Jamie Gagliano publish in Ambio

23 April 2021
In a new commentary in Ambio, PhD students Alex Liebman and Jamie Gagliano critique the colonial assumptions that characterize recent attempts to renovate and reform "forest transition theory." Forest transition theory is a widely used land-use change science theory in which forest recovery around the...

New SAS Signature Course in Geography: Understanding COVID-19

19 April 2021
Assistant Teaching Professor Nathaniel Gabriel is launching a new SAS Signature Course next fall called Understanding COVID–19. The course will take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the pandemic and will feature interviews and guest lectures with faculty experts, from biomedical...

Jesse Rodenbiker writes about China's Environmental Sciences and Green Modernization

22 March 2021
The paper is titled: Making Ecology Developmental: China's Environmental Sciences and Green Modernization in Global Context. A timely aspect of this publication is that it precedes, by a month, the third meeting of the COP 15 biodiversity conference in Kunming, China - titled "Ecological...

Wright/Vaz & Shih/Newman awarded Urban Studies Foundation Awards

19 March 2021
Two teams including Rutgers Geography Graduate Faculty have been awarded Seminar Awards from the Urban Studies Foundation to carry out international seminars in the next two years.    Dr. Priscilla Vaz, who joins Rutgers Geography as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2021, and Dr. Willie Wright,...

Graduate student Alana Rader awarded a 2021 AGS Fellowship

17 March 2021
The American Geographical Society (AGS) announced the recipients of the 2021 AGS Council Fellowships to support master’s and doctoral research. Established in 2013, the awards are funded by a gift from the estate of Dr. Marshall E. Bowen and each recipient receives $1,500.00. The recipients are...

Ghertner & Lake publish new book on land commodification: Land Fictions

01 March 2021
A new book, co-edited by D. Asher Ghertner, Associate Professor, and Robert W. Lake, Professor Emeritus, at Rutgers Geography explores the common storylines, narratives, and tales of social betterment that justify and enact land as commodity. Titled Land Fictions: The Commodification of Land in...

Graduate student Sasha Leidman's research paper covered in Rutgers Today

20 January 2021
In the Research & Innovation section, Sasha is quoted about bacteria likely triggering greater melting on the Greenland ice sheet, possibly increasing the island’s contribution to sea-level rise. That’s because the microbes cause sunlight-absorbing sediment to clump together and accumulate in the...

Michael Siegel interviewed about New Jersey's boundaries

12 December 2020
On episode 3 of Please Explain!, part of Montclair, NJ's Design Week, the Department of Geography's Staff Cartographer Michael Siegel fielded questions about some of the more unusual aspects of New Jersey's boundaries with New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Drawing on research from the "Mapping New... launched by the AAG and ESRI

31 October 2020
The American Association of Geographers (AAG) is pleased to announce the launch of in conjunction with the celebration of Geography Awareness Week. The website is a joint venture and collaboration between the AAG and Esri, designed for educational purposes and the promotion of the...

Thomas Crowley's new book on Delhi's urban ecology

19 October 2020
Fractured Forest, Quartzite City, a new book by Rutgers Geography PhD candidate Thomas Crowley, is the first book to explore the ecological history of Delhi and Its Ridge.  The book, jointly published under the Yoda-SAGE Select imprint, seeks to explore Delhi's history with its environment at the...

Mazen Labban on the #BeirutBlast & Environmental Violence

04 September 2020
Visiting Assistant Professor Mazen Labban recently published "On the #BeirutBlast and the Environmental Violence of Capital" in the journal Capitalism, Nature, Socialism's online platform. Dr. Labban, a senior editor at CNS, trenchantly places the devastation wrote in Beirut on August 4, 2020 in...

Jesse Rodenbiker on China's 'ecological territorialization'

02 September 2020
Across contemporary China, city governments are unevenly territorializing peri-urban villagers' land and housing by creating new urban ecological conservation sites. I analyze this emerging form of what I call 'ecological territorialization' through three interrelated spatial practices:...

Department of Geography Celebrates Graduating Seniors

28 May 2020
  Virtual Celebration for  The Department of Geography Class of 2020 Watch congratulatory remarks from Geography faculty members  Some seniors responded to a request for a graduation photo by organizing a Zoom meeting (not any easy thing to manage with people in different time zones).  A few parting...

Ghertner & Govil write on Indian citizenship protests

26 May 2020
Associate Professor Asher Ghertner and PhD student Stuti Govil published an open access online article in Society & Space on "Infrastructures of Care in the Battle for Indian Citizenship." The article focuses on the ways that the everyday carework of keeping children at hand and cleaning streets...

Graduate Student Awards, 2020

16 May 2020
The Department of Geography is proud of its new degree recipients and the numerous awards, publications, and successes of its diverse graduate student body. In the face of the ongoing Corona virus stay-at-home orders, we were grateful for the chance to meet collectively via teleconference to...

Senior Arden Benner addresses problems on a global scale

07 May 2020
By the time she arrived at Rutgers, Benner knew her calling would combine a deep reverence for the environment, an emphasis on public health, and a strong commitment to social justice. After checking out a few options, she attended the Major and Minor Fair and met faculty from the Department of...