I am researching the growing intersections between climate change, digital geographies, and rural socio-political movements. I am particularly interested in secessionist state movements, and how participants incorporate heightened levels of climate anxiety with existing feelings of rural marginalization in the physical and digital landscapes. I am both a theorist and geospatial analyst, a human geographer and a physical geographer, and look to integrate these often separated fields/specializations through experimental geospatial methods and cartography. You can normally find me in Studio.Geo-? (McCone 106) typing something up or causing some sort of chaos.
Before starting my PhD program, I worked as a Data Coordinator for the Redistricting Data Hub, collecting and processing this redistricting cycle’s Community of Interest (COI) maps. Within this, I take a special interest in mapping platforms and their roles in the American political process. Previously, I have trained as an archeologist at the University of Cambridge ICE and in Opera Performance at the University of Miami.
I am a system-impacted, first-generation high school graduate and a product of the California Community College system, transferring into Berkeley as an undergraduate. In this, I am passionate about helping non-traditional students make their way to university, research, and beyond - please reach out to me with questions about California Community Colleges, the University of California system, and/or these application processes.
2017, A.A., Anthropology (with Highest Honors), Berkeley City College
2021, B.A., Political Science (with High Honors in General Scholarship), University of California, Berkeley
2021, B.A., Geography (with Highest Honors), University of California, Berkeley
2023 Wood, A. E. "Erosion As Method(ology): Theorizing and Mapping Structures of Feeling" at NACIS (North American Cartographic Information Society), Pittsburgh, PA.
2023 Wood, A. E. “What is a Felt Distance? Structures of Feeling and Rurality” at the Digital Geographies Movements and Methods Workshop. Calgary, Canada.
2023 Thatcher, J., Retchless, D., Wood, A.E. “What Makes a Gerrymanderer? An Inductive Approach to Identifying Gerrymandered Districts” at AAG, (American Association of Geographers) Annual Meeting. Denver, CO.
2023 Wilmott, C. & Wood, A. E. “All your base [maps] are belong to us,” at AAG Annual Meeting. Denver, CO.
2022 Wilmott, C. & Wood, A. E. “Rematriating the Map: Indigenous Cartographies for Alternative Futures,” NACIS, Minneapolis, MN.
2022 Thatcher, J. & Wood, A. E. “Cartographic Limits and Interdisciplinary Science: Maps and Mathematics in Pursuit of Social Justice,” at NACIS, Minneapolis, MN.
2022 Wood, A. E. “State of Mind/State of Mine: California Secessionism, Facebook, and the Newsom Recall,” at AAG Annual Meeting. New York, NY.
Graduate Student Instructor, GEOG 10AC (Worldings: Regions, Peoples and States) with Assistant Professor Clancy Wilmott, UC Berkeley, Fall 2023
Graduate Student Reader, GEOG 183 (Cartographic Representation) with John Isom, UC Berkeley, Fall 2023
Graduate Student Reader, GEOG 149B (Climate Impacts and Risk Analysis) with Adjunct Professor Emeritus Norman Miller, UC Berkeley, Spring 2023