Rutgers Geography is proud of its many award recipients from, and fellows to, the American Association of Geographers. Rutgers had a strong presence at the Annual Meeting of the AAG, held in Denver from March 23rd to March 28th.


Rutgers PhD students were well recognized:

Leonardo Calzada won the Latin America Geography Specialty Group Field Award (see image of Leo presenting below) Leo Calzada AAG Presentation 23

Sweta Xess won the A.K. Chakravarti Award for Best Graduate Student Paper from the Asian Geography Specialty Group

Tashanna Walker won the Caribbean Geography Specialty Group Student Award


Our distinguished faculty were also highly recognized this year:

Robin Liechenko was named an AAG Fellow

J. Ken Mitchell, professor emeritus, received the Meredith F. Burrill Award from the AAG for research excellence at the intersection of basic research in geography and policy

David Robinson was awarded the François E. Matthes Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cryosphere Specialty Group


Rutgers Geography alumnus William Solecki (PhD '91) was also named an AAG Fellow.

Students and faculty participated in a number of wonderful panels, but one standout achievement was an "Author Meets Critics" session celebrating Assistant Professor J.T. Roane's new book, Dark Agoras, organized through the Black Geographies Specialty Group, and featuring commentaries by Justin Hoseby (UC-Berkeley), Brittany Meché (Williams), Jovan Lewis (UC-Berkeley), and Priscilla McCutcheon (Kentucky).

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Rutgers Assistant Professor J.T. Roane responding to comments and questions during the Annual Meeting of the AAG in Denver, March 25, 2023.