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Maxwell / Department of Geography

Historical Geography and GeoHumanities

This research area links our department’s longstanding expertise in historical geography with the growing interdisciplinary field of the geohumanities. The geohumanities include, or connect with, recent developments such as historical GIS, digital humanities, spatial history, and the environmental humanities.

Faculty in this research area share a commitment to examining the formation of cultural landscapes, the meanings and emotions people experience in them, and subjective responses to place. Our faculty employ qualitative methods, including archival research, field studies, and oral histories, as well as newer digital tools such as historical GIS. To help interpret sources, faculty draw on relevant historiography and critical social theory. 

Faculty research in this field include constructing a spatial history of Haudenosaunee understandings of Onondaga Lake, examining digital videos and social media produced by American climate movement activists, illuminating the contested meanings of monuments in Turkey, and uncovering the different understandings and history of place in France.

Graduate student research has addressed the legacy of colonialism in Newfoundland, maroon communities and slave resistance in the Caribbean, and the environmental dimensions of gentrification in the western United States. 

Faculty
Timur Hammond (Middle East, Turkey, cultural and urban geography, religion, identity)
Mark Monmonier (Geographic information, history of cartography, map design, environmental mapping)
Anne E. Mosher (Urban planning, infrastructure, crisis/disaster management, public scholarship, community engagement, digital humanities)
Jane M. Read (Geographic information systems, remote sensing, land use and land cover, human environment interactions, neotropics, geohumanities)
David J. Robinson (Latin America, historical geography, Spanish colonialism, development)
Jonnell Robinson (Community geography, geographic information systems, participatory GIS, participatory action research public health geography, qualitative research methods)
Robert Wilson (Environmental history, historical geography, animals and society, climate-change history and politics, environmentalism)
Jamie Winders (Urban, cultural, and social geography, race, gender, international migration, qualitative and historical research methods, new media, social reproduction)

Courses
GEO 325: Colonialism in Latin America
GEO 354: American Environmental History and Geography
GEO 400/600: Spatial Storytelling
GEO 400: Urban Environmental History
GEO 430: Energy, History and Society GEO 500: Geographies of Memory
GEO 564: Urban Historical Geography
GEO 578: History of Cartography
GEO 595: Geography and the Internet
GEO 610: Qualitative Methods
GEO 700: Postcolonial Theory and Geographies
GEO 754: Seminar in Environmental History
GEO 772: Seminar in Cultural Geography
GEO 774: Seminar in Historical Geography

Careers
Community Organizer
Policy Consultant/Researcher
Data analyst
Lobbyist (Advocate)
Tourism Officer
Online and print journalism
Graphic Design
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teacher
Historic Preservationist
Writer/Editor
Curator
Consultant