Community Geography

At the Maxwell School, we seek to make geography relevant and accessible and to train future generations of engaged scholars. Our scholarship and teaching address social inequalities, are action-oriented, and engage local communities in the research process.

Our research integrates many different theoretical and conceptual traditions in geography, urban planning, and public health. Faculty work includes participatory, critical, and qualitative GIS, radical cartography, and feminist geography.

Current faculty research includes bringing university and community representatives together to use GIS mapping and spatial analyses to provide fresh perspectives on social issues, creating the Onondaga Lake Digital Atlas Project that uses spatial technologies and tools to tell spatial stories of the lake, and drawing on crowd-sourced and volunteered data through sites like to examine historical geographies of memory and community.

Through Community Geography, students with interests in urban geography, urban studies, and/or urban planning have opportunities to work on participatory research projects with local and regional community organizations. To learn more about specific Syracuse Community Geography (SCG) projects, visit the SCG website:

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis Certificate of Advanced Studies

Interested master's students also have the option to enroll in the Department’s 12-credit C.A.S.

>> Learn more about the C.A.S. in GIS and Spatial Analysis

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)
Jonnell A. Robinson (Community geography, geographic information systems, participatory GIS, participatory action research public health geography, qualitative research methods)

GEO 108: Mapping Today: Technology and Spatial Thinking
GEO 381: Cartographic Design
GEO 383/683: Geographic Information Systems
GEO 386/686: Quantitative Geographic Analysis
GEO 388/688: Geographic Information and Society
GEO 400: Geospatial Technology and Privacy
GEO 415: Food: A Critical Geography
GEO 440: Race and Space
GEO 463: Geography of Homelessness
GEO 484/684: GIS for Urban Environments
GEO 485/685: Community Geography
GEO 489/689: Practicum in Community Geography
GEO 500: Urban and Regional Planning
GEO 563: The Urban Condition
GEO 564: Urban Historical Geography
GEO 576/WGS 576: Gender, Place and Space
GEO 610: Qualitative Methods

City, county, state, or federal government offices
Community Development
Community Organizer
Housing development specialist
International aid/development worker
Lobbyist (Advocate)
Policy Consultant or Researcher
Real Estate
Transportation Management
Urban/regional Planner