Recent Department Accomplishments
Congratulations to Natalie Koch who has won the AAG Political Geography
Specialty Group's Stanley D. Brunn Young Scholar Award.
to Matt Huber who has won the 2014 James Blaut Award from the Cultural
and Political Ecology Specialty Group of the Association of American
Geographers for his book Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom and the Forces of
Congratulations to Kriangsak Teerakowitkajorn
who has won a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF)
from the Social Science Research Council for the 2014 fellowship year.
Congratulations to Patrick Oberle who was awarded an
M.A. thesis research grant by AAG’s Cartography Specialty Group.
Congratulations to Emily Mitchell-Eaton and Sean Wang, who were
awarded a Moynihan Challenge grant for their study, “Birth Tourism Panic:
Chinese Transnational Citizenship in America’s Pacific Century.”
Congratulations to Farhana Sultana
who has won a $10,000 award from the Moynihan Challenge. She has
also secured $5,000 from PARCC and $3,000 from CEPA, to organize a network
and international workshop on climate change issues and is putting together a
multi-disciplinary team with faculty from SU and ESF.
Congratulations to Jamie Winders who has been named
an O'Hanley Faculty Scholar by the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. This is a three year
appointment which recognizes her contributions to the Maxwell
School and includes funds to help support her research.
Congratulations to John Western who has been chosen to receive the 2013 Meredith Award for teaching excellence.
Congratulations to Nicole Perman and Rose Tardiff, geography majors who have been selected for Phi Beta Kappa this year.
Congratulations to Paul Babbit and Nicole Perman, geography majors who have won National Geographic Society Internships. Paul for Spring 2013 and Nicole for Fall 2013.
Geography major Sean Keefe was named Orange Scholar Athlete of the week for April 9, 2012. Congratulations Sean!
Mitul Baruah has been selected as an Outstanding TA Award recipient for 2011-12. Congratulations Mitul!
Natalie Teale (Geography major, junior) has won acceptance into an NSF-REU program based at Texas A&M on the Ecohydrology of a tropical Montane Forest. She will be working with the team in Costa Rica focusing on the water budget of a small watershed.
Congratulations to David Robinson who recently received the “Carl O. Sauer Distinguished Scholarship Award” for 2011 at the recent Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers meeting in Mérida, Mexico.
Congratulations to Alejandro Camargo, who recently was awarded a three-year doctoral studies fellowship (the Francisco José de Caldas fellowship) from COLCIENCIAS, Colombia's equivalent of the NSF.
Congratulations to Matt Meszaros, who was selected as a National Geographic Society Geography Intern. Competition for this internship is very intense and draws applicants from across the country. Matt will start at NGS in January 2012 as one of ten interns and will work in their Geography Education program through the end of April 2012.
Sopher Awards 2011 There are two awards ($1800) each – from the generous support of Mrs. Terry Sopher & Mr. Phillip Sopher, in honor of longtime Syracuse Geography professor David Sopher.
Sopher Awards - honorable mention
Thor Ritz ...Thor’s paper, “The Right to the City, Race and Racism: Thoughts on the Politics of Exclusion, Justice and Strategizing for a Just City,” presents and important and right-on-target critique of the lack of racial theorizing in the right to the city literature. The committee found the paper to be beautifully crafted, well-written, engaging, clear sense of purpose, and very well-argued. Throughout the paper Thor develops an appropriate balance between nuance and polemic. Thor’s aims in the paper are clear, his logic in meeting those aims is sound, and that he comes so close to actually exceeding them is impressive. We think when this paper is published, it will get a lot of notice. We urge you to read it for yourselves.
Emily Kaufman ...Emily’s paper, “Whose right to the secure city? The underside of American Homeland Security,” addresses the question of just who post 9/11 security measures in American cities make secure – and who they don’t. An amazingly sophisticated paper that lays out original, nuanced and logically well supported theoretical claims. In doing so the paper already moves beyond much of the normative, even utopian arguments of the Right to the City literature to engage in a clear, critical analysis of how particular practices and policies come to bear unevenly across the city’s landscape. It’s a great read, and hard to find a flaw in. Like Thor’s paper it will make a splash when it is published.
Joaquín Villanueva ... For his dissertation chapter: “Concentration and fragmentation of everyday life: the right to the festival.” The committee agreed this chapter makes for compelling, fascinating reading that wonderfully integrates existing literature in both Anglophonic and Francophonic spatial sciences with a new theoretical foundation for understanding the changing landscapes of Paris and the formation of the banlieue. Joaquín weaves his field experiences and evidence throughout his theoretical arguments, allowing each to build off the other, with the panache of a true story-teller. In the chapter – which comes early in the dissertation – Joaquín pulls off the difficult trick of establishing a sound theoretical foundation for this dissertation and a historical-geographical context for it.
Congratulations to Jonnell Allen Robinson who has been awarded the 2011 Annual Achievement Award from the New York State GIS Association for her work in helping the City of Syracuse build up its GIS capacity.
Congratulations to Don Mitchell who has been chosen to receive the 2012 Andres Retzius Medal in Gold by the Swedish Society of Anthropology and Geography. The Retzius Medal is one of the Vega Medals (the Vega Medal itself for a physical geographer, plus two Anders Wahlberg medals) and is named after Swedish anatomist and physiologist Anders Retzius (1796-1860).
Congratulations to Farhana Sultana whose book The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles that she co-edited with Alex Loftus has just been published by Earthscan (Taylor and Francis), London UK. http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9781849713597/
Congratulations to David Robinson who has been elected Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Humanities of the Catholic University of Peru in Lima.
Kudos to two of our geography majors who have made the paper for their work on geographic issues.
Alaina Mallette was spotlighted in the Daily Orange for her work on water quality and education in the Dominican Republic. Nicole Perman was also featured in the Daily Orange for her work with a new student-led sustainability organization on campus.
Don Mitchell has been elected by the Syracuse University Board of Trustees to serve a two-year term as faculty representative who attends meetings of the board and executive committee.
Graduating senior Caitlin Cronin has been selected as a Syracuse University Engagement Fellow. Caitlin will be the production coordinator for Outreach with “Cry for Peace,” coordinating travel plans, maintaining relations with the Congolese community and working with faculty on infusing this play with the academic community on campus.
Nancy Hiemstra received an award for best paper from a graduate student from the Association of American Geographers Political Geography Specialty Group. Her paper on US detention and deportation is called "Chaotic Geographies."
Carolyn McChesney, an undergraduate geography major has been named a University Scholar. This is the highest honor an undergraduate can achieve at Syracuse University. University Scholars represent the graduating class at commencement. Congratulations Carolyn!
Alison Mountz whose book Seeking Asylum: Human Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border, published by the University of Minnesota Press, has been selected to receive the 2010 AAG Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography. This award will be presented at the 2011 AAG meeting in Seattle.
Ingrid Butler has been awarded the AAG Urban Geography Specialty Group Fellowship Award to support her upcoming field research in New Orleans. The award will be presented at the 2011 AAG meeting in Seattle.
Bob Wilson was the featured guest on the Jefferson Exchange, a daily radio show on the NPR-affiliate Jefferson Public Radio in Oregon. He discussed his recent book Seeking Refuge: Birds and Landscapes of the Pacific Flyway. His book examines the conflicts over water, farming, and migratory birds on wildlife refuges in Oregon and elsewhere along the West Coast.
Jonnell Allen-Robinson was selected to receive the 2011 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. This award is given to those in the campus community who make an extraordinary contribution to the University’s Scholarship in Action and recognizes Jonnell’s contributions as the Syracuse Community Geographer.
Geography department alumnus and Syracuse University Scholar Paul Ronan ('06), was quoted in the November 13th issue of The Economist, a leading weekly news magazine. Paul is a co-founder of the Washington-based non-profit organization Resolve, which works to educate the US public and lobby politicians about the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis in Uganda. Paul was the only US-based expert quoted in the article ('Lords of woe: Uganda's dangerous rebels'), which discussed the war's civilian toll.
Jeremy Bryson was awarded a Quadrant Fellowship at the University of Minnesota for the fall of 2010.
Declan Cullen has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for his Doctoral Dissertation Research project, "The Commission of Government, Culture, and Place in Newfoundland, Canada, 1933-1949."
Tom Perreault has been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship for 2010-11. This will allow him to conduct fieldwork in Bolivia for his project, "Mine-related water contamination and rural livelihoods in the Bolivian Andes."
Three students earned distinctions for their undergraduate theses:
Shehtaaz Zaman earned Distinction in Geography for his thesis, "The Bangladeshi Miracle: Post-Colonial Bangladesh and the Central Challenges Facing the Political Economy".
Alexis Kinney earned both Distinction in Geography and University Honors for her thesis, "The Commodification of the Modern Black Man: Examining the Effect of Drug Laws on the New York State Prison Industrial Complex".
Amory Hillengas earned Distinction in Geography and University Honors for her thesis, "Accessibility in the Syracuse Food Desert"
Geography majors Caitlin Cronin and Carolyn McChesney were named 2010-11 Remembrance Scholars. Remembrance Scholarships are among the highest awards Syracuse University students can receive and are given to seniors chosen for scholarship, citizenship, and service to the community. The mission of the Remembrance Scholars is to educate the campus community about terrorism by relating Syracuse University’s experience of Pam Am Flight 103 to more current events, and though education, to honor and remember all 270 lost in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, especially the 35 students from Syracuse University.
Timothy Rittenhouse (geography major), Hilary Mansur (geography minor), and Elysa Smigielski (geography minor) were selected from this year’s graduating class as 2010 SU Engagement Fellows. This award supports student projects of various sorts within the local community and in line with SU Scholarship in Action.
Alison Mountz has won the Political Geography Specialty Group's Stanley D. Brunn Young Scholar Award. This award is given to an individual who has received her/his Ph.D. within the past ten years, in honor of contributions that have generated new interest in the subfield and/or opened up new areas of inquiry for political geographic research.
Jackie Micieli has also won this year’s Graduate School Outstanding TA Award.
Jackie Micieli has been awarded the Susan Hanson Dissertation Proposal Award for her proposal "Remembering 9/11: the Social Production of Memory and Memorialization." Jackie will be granted a monetary award and feted at the business meeting of the Geographic Perspectives on Women specialty group, and the AAG award luncheon.
Lisa Bhungalia has been awarded a grant by the Palestinian-American Research Council for her research titled “Governance and the Security-Development Complex in Post-Oslo Palestine: A Case Study of USAID."
Katie Wells has been named a recipient of this year's AAG Urban Geography Specialty Group Graduate Student Fellowship.
Carolyn McChesney, a geography major has been selected for Phi Beta Kappa. This is a great honor and will be recognized in a ceremony in Maxwell Auditorium on May 14th, 2010 at 2:30pm.
Brynne Presser, a geography major was awarded a Mark and Pearle Clements Internship. This award enables recipients to undertake internships not possible without financial help. Clements Interns will usually spend one semester or summer away from the University, working with an expert who can help them explore opportunities to link theory and practice in the world of work.
Farhana Sultana facilitated a number of events surrounding the 2010 University Lecture visit of Dr. Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize winner) and hosted him during his stay.
Jamie Winders has won a Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Fellowship. This will allow Jamie to complete the manuscript for her Russell Sage funded study of Latino migration in Nashville, Tennessee.
Eunyoung Choi has received the 2009 David E. Sopher Memorial Scholarship for her paper: "Everyday Practices of Bordering and the Threatened Bodies of Undocumented North Korean Border-Crossers."
Katie Wells has received the 2009 David E. Sopher Memorial Scholarship for her paper: "Selling Shelters: Public property Gentrification in Washington, DC."
Tom Perreault has been named the Arts and Science Faculty Advisor of the Year by the SU College of Arts and Sciences.
Keith Lindner has been awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant for his project, "Returning the Commons: Resource Access and Environmental Governance in Southern Colorado."
Alison Mountz has had her CAREER grant proposal - "Geographies of Sovereignty: Global Migration, Legality, and the Island Index" -funded by the National Science Foundation.
Alison Mountz is receiving one of Syracuse University's Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition awards.
Tod Rutherford, along with John Holmes at Queen's University, has been awarded a grant by SSHRC (the Canadian social sciences funding agency) to study "workplace governance and cross border region formation b/w Canada and the US."
Jeremy Bryson won the Andrew Hill Clark Award from the Historical Geography Specialty Group for the best paper by a PhD student. His paper is titled "The nature of urban renewal: Expo '74, Riverfront Park, and gentrification in Spokane, 1960-1975."
Matt Himley won the Best Student Paper Award for the AAG's Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group. His paper is titled "On Method and Metric: The Politics of Assessing Mining's Environmental Impacts in Andean Peru."
Keith Lindner has been awarded a Dissertation Fellowship with the UC Berkeley Community Forestry and Environmental Research Partnerships. This Fellowship will allow Keith to conduct the fieldwork for his doctoral dissertation, entitled "Returning the Commons: Resource Access and Environmental Governance in Southern Colorado."
Grad student Keith Lindner won this year's student paper competition for the AAG's Political Geography Specialty Group, for his paper "The Struggle for La Sierra: Contested Natures and Sovereign Scriptings in the San Luis Valley, CO."
Grad student Kate Senner's paper on Alaskan colonial legacies has been awarded the GPOW Glenda Laws Student Paper Award for its innovative engagement with feminist geography. Kate will be recognized at the AAG Awards luncheon in Las Vegas.
Alison Mountz has won the inaugural William Lyon Mackenzie King Research Fellowship at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. This Fellowship recognizes Alison's scholarly accomplishments and will provide opportunity for her to meet and network with an interdisciplinary set of researchers. It will also allow her to complete work on a new book manuscript, Archipelago of Exclusion: The Shrinking Space of Asylum.
Mark Monmonier who has been awarded the Mercator Medal from the German Society for Cartography. This medal is awarded for internationally outstanding contributions to the advancement of cartography and was presented at the opening ceremony of the German Society's conference in September 2009.
David Robinson, Dellplain Professor of Latin American Geography, has been appointed the principal US Representative to the Commission on Geography of the Pan American Institute of Geography and History.
Congratulations to grad student Lucy Kammer, 2009 recipient of the Analytical Spectral Devices (ASD) Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program for use of the FieldSpec3 Spectrometer and 2009 Recipient of the Ta Liang Memorial Award from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) for research related travel.
Congratulations to grad students Declan Cullen and Jackie Micieli, winners of 2008 Sopher Awards. Each winner receives $1500 for use in research and scholarly development.
Congratulations to graduating senior Kristin Novak, whose honors thesis, "Overfishing and Environmental Justice in Marine Fisheries," was named this year's best thesis in the social sciences, by the Renee Crown Honors Program. Congratulations also to Kristin's advisor Tom Perreault.
Congratulations to graduating senior Katie Gill, University Scholar and chosen to deliver the student speech on behalf of the graduating class of ’08. She is also the recipient of the 2008 National Council for Geographic Education Outstanding Student Award.
Don Mitchell was awarded the Wassertrom Award for Graduate Advising by the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University.
Don Mitchell has been awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for next year. His project is called “Bracero: Remaking the California Landscape, 1942-1964.” This is one of only three Guggenheim awards given this year to geographers. (190 total awards given to 2600 applicants) Other SU geographers who have won this award include: David Robinson (1991-92), Mark Monmonier (1984-85) and Don Meinig (1966-67).
Jamie Winders has received the Maxwell School Moynihan Award. This is a highly competitive award for both teaching and research excellence for untenured faculty in the Maxwell School.
Two Syracuse University Geography students have been awarded 2008 National Geographic Society internships: Geography minor Stevie Sigan has been awarded an NGS internship for Spring, 2008, and Geography major Hallie Stiller has been awarded an internship for Summer, 2008. NGS internships are highly selective, and this is a huge honor both for the students and for the department.
Matt Himley has been awarded a Fulbright-IIE grant *and* a Fulbright-Hays grant for his dissertation research in Peru, "Frontiers of Capital: Mining, Mobilization and Resource Governance in the Peruvian Andes."