• Environment, Politics, Culture, the World

    Geography examines social and environmental processes, with a particular focus on space and place, critical theory, practical application, analysis and intervention. For more than 80 years, the Department of Geography at Syracuse University has been a leader in geographic research and teaching.

  • Department Snapshots

  • Colloquium discussion
    Urban cultural geography
    Physical geography research
    Fisherman casting net
    Fall semester picnic
    Latin America research
    Students in the field
    Students taking stream measurements
    Students taking field notes
    Abu Dhabi falconry
  • Geography News

    Koch book offers new approach on the geopolitics of spectacle

    The Geopolitics of Spectacle: Space, Synecdoche, and the New Capitals of Asia draws from Natalie Koch’s extensive work on Central Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, and Southeast Asia to evaluate how autocratic rulers use spectacular projects, such as “lavishly built landscapes and celebrations,” to govern and legitimate their power.

    Philip Curtis '10 BA (Geo) article on forest loss published in Science

    "Classifying drivers of global forest loss," co-authored by Philip Curtis '10 BA (Geog), was published in Science magazine. Curtis et al. used high-resolution Google Earth imagery to map and classify global forest loss since 2001 and found that 27 percent of global forest loss is due to deforestation through permanent land use change for the production of commodities.

    Monmonier quoted in Atlas Obscura article on orientation of early maps

    Mark Monmonier, Distinguished Professor of Geography, was interviewed for the Atlas Obscura article "In Early Maps of Virginia, West Was at the Top." Monmonier notes that the group of west-oriented maps of Virginia could simply have come about because people copied [John] Smith, whose map was early and famous.