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Professor Brandi Summers publishes "What Black America Knows About Quarantine" in New York Times

May 15, 2020

Professor Brandi Summers publishes "What Black America Knows About Quarantine" in New York Times


What Black America Knows About Quarantine
White people are protesting against being trapped at home. Black people know what it feels like to really be trapped.

By Brandi T. Summers

Geography alum Jason Strange (PhD 2013) publishes new book Shelter from the Machine

April 12, 2020

Geography alum Jason Strange (PhD 2013) publishes new book Shelter from the Machine


Shelter from the Machine
Homesteaders in the Age of Capitalism
Hard work and hard truths inside the back-to-the-land movement


Graduate student Caroline Tracey publishes Gentrification and Denver's Hispanic Past

April 2, 2020

Graduate student Caroline Tracey publishes Gentrification and Denver's Hispanic Past in special publication Denver and the Rocky Mountain West, an e-book prepared for AAG (American Association of Geographers) 2020 Denver.

Graduate Student Meredith Alberta Palmer awarded postdocs at UCLA and Cornell University

February 28, 2020

Graduate Student Meredith Alberta Palmer has been awarded a UC Presidential Postdoc to work with Dr. Mishuana Goeman in the Gender Studies Department and American Indian Studies program at UCLA. Following this, she will begin a Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship, working with Dr. Suman Seth in the Science and Technology Studies Department and Dr. Jolene Rickard in American Studies and the American Indian and Indigenous Studies program.

The Frontier Effect: State Formation and Violence in Colombia by Teo Ballvé

February 26, 2020

In The Frontier Effect, Teo Ballvé challenges the notion that in Urabá, Colombia, the cause of the region's violent history and unruly contemporary condition is the absence of the state. Although he takes this locally oft-repeated claim seriously, he demonstrates that Urabá is more than a case of Hobbesian political disorder.

[Event] Berkeley Black Geographies Symposium: The Black Geographic - March 12-13th

February 24, 2020

Berkeley Black Geographies Symposium: The Black Geographic
March 12-13th, 2020
Banatau Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley


Rooted in decades of critical and radical Black thought and political engagement, Black Geographies’ recent rate and breadth of growth has advanced and inspired multiple themes,
concepts, and interventions concerning the spatial relations of Blackness that span the range from the poetics to the politics of Blackness.

Join us for Department of Geography's 23rd Carl O. Sauer Memorial Lecture featuring author Judith Carney - Oct 23, 4pm at Chevron Auditorium

October 2, 2019

The Department of Geography presents: The 23rd Carl O. Sauer Memorial Lecture

IN THE SHADOW OF SLAVERY: Africa's Food Legacy in the Atlantic World

with award-winning author Judith Carney

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 4:00 p.m Lecture and reception

Chevron Auditorium, International House

University of California, Berkeley

Professor Jeff Chambers and his lab produce new satellite images of Camp Fire as it burned through Paradise

November 15, 2018

With tools developed by his UC Berkeley lab in Geography using the Google's Earth Engine platform, Professor Jeff Chambers developed a set of initial images that illustrate the staggering losses to the city of Paradise and the impact of the Camp Fire on the surrounding environment.  His lab will be further developing this work, and providing additional tools and analysis to the community in the coming weeks.  More information in the link below.

Alumnus Trevor Paglen has mid-career survey exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

August 17, 2018

"Trevor Paglen blurs the lines between art, science, and investigative journalism to construct unfamiliar and at times unsettling ways to see and interpret the world around us. Inspired by the landscape tradition, he captures the same horizon seen by American photographers Timothy O’Sullivan in the nineteenth century and Ansel Adams in the twentieth.

Former Ciriacy-Wantrup Fellow in Geography Penelope Anthias publishes new book on indigenous territorial claims and the limits to decolonization in Bolivia

May 11, 2018
Penelope Anthias's new book Limits to Decolonization: Indigeneity, Territory, and Hydrocarbon Politics in the Bolivian Chaco has been published by Cornell University Press as the flagship volume in the new Cornell Land Series: New Perspectives on Territory, Development, and Environment edited by Wendy Wolford, Nancy Peluso, and Michael Goldman. Penelope completed the manuscript during a Ciriacy-Wantrup Fellowship in Berkeley Geography in 2014-2016, under the supervision of Michael Watts. 

Professor Emerita Gillian Hart awarded 2018 Vega Medal from the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography

April 24, 2018

Professor Emerita Gillian Hart was awarded the 2018 Vega Medal from the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography for her contributions to Human Geography. The award is made in Human Geography every three years. Previous recipients include Carl Sauer and Allan Pred.

Geography alum Julie Klinger wins AAG Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography

April 10, 2018

Julie Klinger’s Rare Earth Frontiers: From Terrestrial Subsoils to Lunar Landscapes (Cornell University Press, 2017) wins AAG Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography.

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Graduate student Erin Torkelson's research featured in documentary "Social Grants and The Green Card" about dispossession in post-apartheid South Africa

April 4, 2018

“Social Grants and the Green Card” is a short film about how a preeminent, state-sponsored cash transfer program has become a means of dispossession in post-apartheid South Africa. The film was produced by the Black Sash, a Cape Town based NGO, for Cutting Edge, a weekly investigative journalism program on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC1). It aired on Tuesday, 27 March at 9:30.

Emeritus Professor Roger Byrne has passed away. His passion for research and dedication to his students will be greatly missed.

March 15, 2018

Roger Byrne (1940-2018)

Roger Byrne passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at his home in Berkeley on March 11, 2018. Roger is survived by his children, Todd Byrne, Brendan Byrne, Kevin Byrne, and Angela Sotelo.

Paper by Professor John Chiang and Graduate student Wenwen Kong featured in EOS as a Research Spotlight

October 17, 2017

A paper published in Geophysical Research Letters published by Professor John Chiang and graduate student Wenwen Kong was featured in Earth and Space Science News. Read the full story here or the original GRL paper.

Graduate Student Camilla Hawthorne Published Article in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

August 2, 2017

Annalisa Frisina and Camilla Hawthorne, “Italians with veils and Afros: gender, beauty, and the everyday anti-racism of the daughters of immigrants in Italy.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2017).

Graduate student Gustavo Oliveira published on biofuels in Energy Policy

March 24, 2017

Oliveira, Gustavo de L. T., McKay, Ben, and Plank, Christina. “How Biofuel Policies Backfire: Misguided Goals, Inefficient Mechanisms, and Political-Ecological Blind Spots.” Energy Policy, 2017,