Graduate Students

2019 grad cohort

Rutgers Geography’s 2019 cohort of new Master’s and PhD students

Janet A. Adomako
Advisor: Heidi Hausermann
Degree: Ph.D.
Email: janet.adomako@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: political ecology, gender, livelihoods, development, ethnography, Ghana

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Samantha L. Bowden
Advisor: Robert W. Lake
Degree: Ph.D.
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, Room B-243
Email: sam.bowden@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: social movements, public space/memory, decolonial politics, cultural landscapes, political economy of difference

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Christopher Butrico
Advisor: Richard G. Lathrop
Degree: M.S.
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, Room B-249
Email: chris.butrico@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: geospatial science, coastal resilience

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David Ferring
Advisor: Heidi Hausermann
Degree: Ph.D.
Email: david.ferring@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: political ecology, environmental governance, social theory, mixed methods, land-use change, health geography

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María Alexandra García
Advisor: James DeFilippis
Degree: Ph.D.
Email: ma.garcia@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: uneven development, globalization, modernity, mobilities, decolonial feminism, social reproduction, Andes, Ecuador, Latin America, Caribbean, Latinx geographies in the U.S., Latino studies, transnational migration and solidarity, feminist geographies, critical human and cultural geographies, cooperatives and solidarity economies

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Stuti Govil
Advisor: D. Asher Ghertner
Degree: Ph.D.
Email: stutigovil@gmail.com
Research Interests: urban geography, cities, homelessness, social theory, media urbanism

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Mónica P. Hernández Ospina
Advisor: Thomas Rudel
Degree: Ph.D.
Email: monica.hernandez@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: Latin America, Colombia, Afro Latin American communities, political ecology, territory, land ownership, rural communities

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Jenny Isaacs
Advisor: Richard Schroeder
Degree: Ph.D.
Email: jenny.isaacs@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: birds, conservation, community engagement, biodiversity, social science aspects of conservation, mapping stewardship along migratory route, biocultural diversity

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Sadaf Javed
Advisor: D. Asher Ghertner
Degree: Ph.D.
Email: sadaf.javed@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: agroecology, local food systems, human-environment relations, agrarian change, political ecology

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Liana Katz
Advisor: Robert Lake
Degree: Ph.D.
Email: liana.katz@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: critical university studies, circulation of experts and expertise, militarization of space, racial capitalism, decolonial praxis

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Laura F. Landau
Advisor: Robin Leichenko
Degree: Ph.D.
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, Room B-243
Email: laura.landau@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: social infrastructure, community organizing, emergency management, public space, civic stewardship, coastal resilience

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Sasha Leidman
Advisor: Åsa Rennermalm
Degree: Ph.D.
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, Room B-257
Email: sasha.leidman@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: glaciology, polar sciences, hydrology, geomorphology, remote sensing

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Alexander M. Liebman
Advisor: Kevon Rhiney
Degree: Ph.D.
Email: alex.liebman@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: political ecology, data science, agrarian studies, race, financialization of land

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Ana Mahecha
Advisor: Robin Leichenko
Degree: Ph.D.
Email: ana.mahecha@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: agroecology, solidarity economies, climate change, challenges of change and transformation, local food systems

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Hudson McFann
Advisor: D. Asher Ghertner
Degree: Ph.D.
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, Room B-119B
Email: hudson.mcfann@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: historical geography, the politics of humanitarianism, urban studies, archives and memory, oral history, aesthetics, discard studies, Cambodia

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Justin D. Mullikin
Advisor: Heidi Hausermann and Kevon Rhiney
Degree: Ph.D.
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, Room B-243
Email: justin.mullikin@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: Central/East Africa, Rwanda, human-environment relations, agricultural land-use/cover change, development policy, assemblage geographies, feminist political ecology, mixed methods

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Rohi Muthyala
Advisor: Åsa Rennermalm
Degree: Ph.D.
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, Room B-272
Email: rohi.muthyala@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: arctic hydrology, glaciology, hydrological modeling, surface hydrology

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Khai Hoan Nguyen
Advisor: Robin Leichenko
Degree: Ph.D.
Email: knn15@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: hazards, Katrina, Vietnamese community in New Orleans

 

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Erin Royals
Advisor: Kathe Newman
Degree: Ph.D.
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, Room B-253
Email: erin.royals@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: race, urban governance, racial spatialization, business improvement districts, special taxing districts, black geographies, urban geography, Kansas City, nightlife, urban security

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Logan M. Soldo
Advisor: David Robinson
Degree: M.S.
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, Room B-172
Email: lms513@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Research Interests: Earth science, climatology, cryosphere climatology, meteorology, atmospheric science

 

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Natalie G. Teale
Advisor: David Robinson
Degree: Ph.D.
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, Room B-272
Email: natalie.teale@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: climatology, hydroclimatology, precipitation patterns, climate change, applied climatology

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Hoang Mai Thach
Advisor: Pam McElwee
Degree: Ph.D.
Email: hmt46@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: neoliberalism and conservation, cultural geography and development, environmental anthropology and climate change

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Sean Thatcher
Advisor: Richard G. Lathrop
Degree: M.S.
Email: sean.thatcher1990@gmail.com
Research Interests: remote sensing, coastal sciences, coastal resilience, education, disability inclusion and equal access

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Sadia Baba Tijjani
Advisor: Ming Xu
Degree: Ph.D.
Office: Walton Center, Room 137
Email: sadia.baba@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: process-based models, remote sensing, GIS, R and Python programming, machine learning, big data analytics

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Tashanna J. Walker
Advisor: Kevon Rhiney
Degree: Ph.D.
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, Room B-245
Email: tjw121@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Research Interests: urban militarization, urban redevelopment, political economy, social justice, ethnography

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Jonah Walters
Advisor: Kevin St. Martin
Degree: Ph.D.
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, Room B-235
Email: jonah.walters@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: socialism, development, workers cooperatives, economic history, Nicaragua

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Jing Xiao
Advisor: Åsa Rennermalm
Degree: Ph.D.
Office: Lucy Stone Hall, Room B-272
Email: j.xiao@rutgers.edu
Research Interests: glaciology, climatology

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Tyler Young
Advisor: Kevin St. Martin
Degree: Ph.D.
Email: tyler.young46@gmail.com
Research Interests: political ecology, governance, land-use and settlement patterns in southeastern Senegal

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