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Geography Professor Jake Kosek awarded 2021 AC Excellence in Teaching Award

July 15, 2021

Professor Jake Kosek was selected as one of 2021's American Cultures Excellence in Teaching Award recipients, and is now featured on the AC Center website.

The American Cultures Center will also recognize Professor Kosek as a recipient of the 2021 AC Excellence in Teaching Award during the AC 30th Anniversary celebration on November 16, 4-6 pm at Doe Library in the Morrison Reading Room.

2021 AC Excellence in Teaching Award

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Congratulations to our 2021 graduates!

June 10, 2021

Congratulations to the Berkeley Geography undergraduate class of 2021 and our newly minted PhDs. This year’s virtual commencement ceremony and our message to graduates can be found here: Berkeley Geography Commencement 2021

Please note that closed captions are available for the entirety of the video and can be viewed by clicking on the "CC" logo in the bottom right corner. Many thanks to Dr. Wilmott for bringing this virtual ceremony to life!

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Extraordinary Teaching Awards for Desiree Fields, Diana Negrín and Emily Weiss

April 22, 2021

Three Geography Department instructors -- Dr. Diana Negrín, Emily Weiss, and Prof. Desiree Fields – were honored with this year’s Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times award. The award recognizes UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and student instructors who embraced the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and engaged in or supported excellent teaching in 2020. These instructors and staff used innovative methods and worked beyond their traditional roles to ensure that students...

Former undergrad Mai Nguyen publishes What 'Minari' is doing for Asian American farmers like me

April 20, 2021

Former undergrad Mai Nguyen publishes What 'Minari' is doing for Asian American farmers like me

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What 'Minari' is doing for Asian American farmers like me

(CNN) Early in the film "Minari," Korean American farmer Jacob Yi digs his bare hands into the Arkansas dirt. The first time I saw this, as he revealed the soil's dark, loamy tilth, I swooned: not only to see this rich earth, but also to see hands...

Graduate Student Erin Torkelson receives Best Dissertation award from AAG Economic Geography Specialty Group

April 10, 2021
Erin Torkelson has received the Best Dissertation award from the Economic Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers for her dissertation “Taken for Granted: Geographies of Social Welfare in South Africa.”

Geography Department Statement on Anti-Asian Violence and Racism

March 25, 2021

March 22, 2021

We are appalled by the spread of anti-Asian violence and racism this past year. This week saw the killing of 6 Asian women in the Atlanta area, as part of a murderous rampage that claimed 8 lives. Since the pandemic started, Asian Americans have increasingly been attacked and harassed with racial slurs, getting coughed and spat upon, and subjected to physical and deadly violence. From March 2020 to February 2021, nearly 3800 incidents of racism and hate against Asian Americans have been logged, and over 700 anti-Asian hate incidents in...

[Event] [Mar. 4] “We will know what to do with our own destiny”: Afghan feminism and the politics of freedom

February 25, 2021

Event hosted by Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

“We will know what to do with our own destiny”: Afghan feminism and the politics of freedom
Thursday, Mar 4, 2021
05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Two Berkeley Geography community members named to AAG Black Geographies Specialty Group Executive Team

February 9, 2021

Two Berkeley Geography community members named to the AAG Black Geographies Specialty Group executive team.

Dr. Camilla Hawthorne, Assistant Professor at UC Santa Cruz and a Berkeley Geography PhD, was appointed as Chair April L. Graham-Jackson, current PhD candidate in Berkeley Geography, was appointed as Graduate Student Representative

The BLACK GEOGRAPHIES SPECIALTY GROUP strives to create a global platform for: (a) promoting study of the social, political, cultural,...

Italian newspaper ranks sociology professor and Geography alum Camilla Hawthorne (PhD 2018) among top women of the year

January 22, 2021

Italian newspaper ranks sociology professor and Geography alum Camilla Hawthorne (PhD 2018) among top women of the year

Italy’s most widely read newspaper, Corriere della Sera, released its year-end list of the world’s top women of 2020, and UC Santa Cruz assistant professor of sociology Camilla Hawthorne made the list at number 20 for her highly influential research into the Black diaspora across Italy and the Mediterranean.

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2021 AAG Diversity & Inclusion Award awarded to Professor Jovan Lewis

December 17, 2020

Jovan Lewis, assistant professor of Geography and co-lead of the Economic Disparities research cluster in the Othering and Belonging Institute, is awarded the 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Award, from the American Association of Geographers (AAG).

Per the press release: "Within the AAG, Lewis is a key leader leveraging and amplifying Black Geographies, helping to lead the Black Geographies Specialty Group and successfully advocating for the inclusion of Black Geographies as a theme of the 2018 AAG Annual Meeting. Notably, Dr. Lewis is still only in the first decade of his career as a...

Graduate student Brittany Young publishes Incubated Futures: What is a resilient chicken?

November 12, 2020

Graduate student Brittany Young publishes Incubated Futures: What is a resilient chicken? in n+1 magazine.

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Incubated Futures: What is a resilient chicken?

KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN wants to move into Addis Ababa. Among the last of African countries to be colonized by fast food, Ethiopia just received their first multinational fast food chain in 2018, when two Pizza Huts opened in Addis. More international chains want to open in the capital, though their...

Graduate student Adam Jadhav publishes Was it rural populism? Returning to the country, “catching up,” and trying to understand the trump vote

October 29, 2020

Graduate student Adam Jadhav publishes Was it rural populism? Returning to the country, “catching up,” and trying to understand the trump vote in Elsevier

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Was it rural populism? Returning to the country, “catching up,” and trying to understand the trump vote

In May 1982, news broke that heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar would lay off another 8000 workers, mostly in Illinois (UPI, 1982). The company blamed a global recession and high...

Graduate student Xiaowei Wang publishes new book Blockchain Chicken Farm, And Other Stories of Tech in China's Countryside

October 28, 2020

Graduate student Xiaowei Wang publishes new book Blockchain Chicken Farm, And Other Stories of Tech in China's Countryside

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In Blockchain Chicken Farm, the technologist and writer Xiaowei Wang explores the political and social entanglements of technology in rural China. Their discoveries force them to challenge the standard idea that rural culture and people are backward, conservative, and intolerant. Instead, they find that rural China has not only adapted to rapid globalization but has...

Graduate student Caroline Tracey publishes How to Deport a Virus

August 2, 2020

Graduate student Caroline Tracey publishes How to Deport a Virus in n+1 magazine.

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How to Deport a Virus

A nationalist strategy cannot be a public health strategy

https://nplusonemag.com/online-only/online-only/how-to-deport-a-virus/

Geography Lecturer Seth Lunine awarded 2020 AC Excellence in Teaching Award

July 17, 2020

Geography Lecturer Seth Lunine (and Geography alum, PhD 2013) is one of this year's recipients of the 2020 American Cultures Excellence in Teaching Award.

2020 AC Prizes Virtual Ceremony

2020 AC Excellence in Teaching Award

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Lecturer Peter Ekman publishes “Radburn Rackets”: Robert D. Kohn and Marjorie Sewell Cautley’s Sketches Against the Speculative Suburb

July 8, 2020

Lecturer Peter Ekman publishes “Radburn Rackets”: Robert D. Kohn and Marjorie Sewell Cautley’s Sketches Against the Speculative Suburb in the journal PLATFORM

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The Regional Planning Association of America (RPAA) came together in 1923 when a heterodox group of New York–based architects, planners, economists, and other reformers, galled by the footloose patterns of speculative development they saw...

Lecturer Peter Ekman publishes From prophecy to projection: the New York Metropolitan Region Study and the rescaling of the urban future, 1956–1968

June 24, 2020

Geography alum Peter Ekman (PhD 2016) publishes "From prophecy to projection: the New York Metropolitan Region Study and the rescaling of the urban future, 1956–1968" in the journal Planning Perspectives.

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Between 1956 and 1959, amid far-flung residential and industrial suburbanization and with the joint backing of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Twentieth Century Fund, an interdisciplinary coterie of scholars from Harvard partnered with New...

Professor Brandi Summers publishes "We need action to accompany art" in the Boston Globe

June 16, 2020

Professor Brandi Summers publishes "We need action to accompany art" in the Boston Globe

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We need action to accompany art

The 35-foot tall letters were formed in stark marigold paint against the dark gray speckled pavement. Though bold in color, the action itself is not bold.

By Brandi Summers

Updated June 11, 2020, 3:08 a.m.

Geography Department Open Letter

June 8, 2020

June 6, 2020

Dear Geography community,

We write to you with feelings of incredible outrage and sadness in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis. His violent killing by “law enforcement” officers, along with the killings of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY, Tony McDade in Tallahassee, FL and Ahmaud Arbery by white civilians in Brunswick, GA, reflect only the most recent and visible examples of anti-Black violence endemic to this country, and to many of the nation’s institutions.

We also condemn the violence of the repressive...

UC Berkeley transfer student Alexis Zaragoza nominated as 2021-22 UC student regent

June 6, 2020

UC Berkeley transfer student Alexis Zaragoza nominated as 2021-22 UC student regent

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UC Office of the President
Friday, June 5, 2020

A University of California Board of Regents special committee has nominated Alexis Atsilvsgi Zaragoza, a UC Berkeley undergraduate student, to be the 2021-22 student regent, UC announced today (June 5).

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Geography alum Julie Guthman (PhD 2000) awarded 2020 Meridian Award at American Association of Geographers

June 3, 2020

Geography alum Julie Guthman (PhD 2000) awarded 2020 AAG Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography at American Association of Geographers (AAG)

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Wilted: Pathogens, Chemicals, and the Fragile Future of the Strawberry Industry

Strawberries are big business in California. They are the sixth-highest-grossing crop in the state, which produces 88 percent of the nation’s favorite berry. Yet the industry is often criticized for its backbreaking...

Graduate student Meredith Palmer publishes new article in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, entitled "Rendering settler sovereign landscapes: Race and property in the Empire State"

May 18, 2020

Graduate student Meredith Palmer's article, Rendering Settler Sovereign Landscapes: Race and Property in the Empire State, is now published online in the journal Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

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Rendering settler sovereign landscapes: Race and property in the Empire State

This article examines the politics of race, indigeneity, and landscape in US American enactments of property. Its substance is the homelands of the Haudenosaunee, now...

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

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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

Dr. Summers is an assistant professor of geography and global metropolitan studies at the University of...

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

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

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"You’re either buried with your crystals or your shotgun." That laconic comment captures the hippies-versus-hicks conflict that divides, and in some ways defines, modern-day homesteaders. It also reveals that back-...

Geography alum Mark Hunter (PhD 2005) publishes new book Race for Education: Gender, White Tone and Schooling in South Africa

April 10, 2020

Geography alum Mark Hunter (PhD 2005) publishes new book Race for Education: Gender, White Tone and Schooling in South Africa

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Following the end of apartheid in 1994, the ANC government placed education at the centre of its plans to build a nonracial and more equitable society. Yet, by the 2010s a wave of student protests voiced demands for decolonised and affordable...

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. Her postdoctoral research will examine the historic material conditions through which genomic biomedicine engages with Native American tribes and...

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.

Through his insightful exploration of war, paramilitary organizations, grassroots support and resistance, and drug-related violence, Ballvé argues that Urabá, rather than existing in statelessness, has actually been an intense and persistent site of state...

[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

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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.

In addition to celebrating these developments, this symposium will seek to deepen and define...

Graduate student Jeff Vance Martin publishes Revisiting and revitalizing political ecology in the American West

November 27, 2019

Graduate student Jeff Vance Martin publishes Revisiting and revitalizing political ecology in the American West

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Political ecology, initially conceived to better understand the power relations implicit in management and distribution of natural resources in the developing world, came “home” to the American West in the 1990s and 2000s. This groundswell of research did much to problematize socio-environmental conflicts in the...

Graduate student Sol Kim publishes How to Start Adapting to California’s “Precipitation Whiplash”

November 12, 2019

Graduate student Sol Kim publishes How to Start Adapting to California’s “Precipitation Whiplash”

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Much of California enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate where the weather typically swings like a pendulum from warm, dry summers to cool, wet winters. Year-to-year, this pendulum can swing with great variation. If it doesn’t swing toward rain and snow between October and March, it leads to drought; if it does, we might see record-breaking...

Graduate student Erin Torkelson publishes Collateral damages: Cash transfer and debt transfer in South Africa

November 10, 2019

Graduate student Erin Torkelson publishes Collateral damages: Cash transfer and debt transfer in South Africa

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Over the past decade, two development programs–cash transfer and financial inclusion–were bundled in global development discourse. Despite differences in their purported objectives, cash transfers are increasingly delivered via financial inclusion infrastructures and technologies...

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

The popular image of Africa today is of a hungry continent, chronically unable to feed itself. But it was not always so. A striking feature of the...

Graduate student Brittany Meché awarded fellowships at Williams College and Harvard University

March 25, 2019

Brittany Meché has been awarded the 2019-2021 Gaius Bolin Fellowship in Environmental Studies at Williams College. Beginning Fall 2019, she will be in residence at Williams completing her dissertation Securing the Sahel: Nature, Catastrophe, and the Empire of Expertise. During the 2019-2020 academic year, Brittany will also...

Alumna Youjeong Oh publishes Pop City: Korean Popular Culture and the Selling of Place

December 10, 2018

Youjeong Oh publishes Pop City: Korean Popular Culture and the Selling of Place

Pop City examines the use of Korean television dramas and K-pop music to promote urban and rural places in South Korea. Building on the phenomenon of Korean pop culture, Youjeong Oh argues that pop culture-featured place selling mediates two separate domains: political...

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.

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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. Only in Paglen’s photographs is the infrastructure of surveillance also apparent—a classified military installation, a spy satellite, a tapped communications...

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.

Based on the experience of thirty-six Guaraní communities in the Bolivian Chaco, Limits to...

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.

Professor Hart delivered a keynote address, led a symposium, and received the medal from the Crown Princess of Sweden on April 24, 2018. Click ...

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.

Read more: http://news.aag.org/2018/03/2018-aag-book-awards-announced/

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.

Erin Torkelson was the researcher and a consulting script writer and worked with a documentary crew that included Esley Philander, Johan Abrahams, Clinton Daniels and Erna...

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.

Roger began his career as professor in the Geography Department at U.C. Berkeley in 1973 after finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. He established the Quaternary Paleoecology...

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). http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369183X.2017.1359510

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2017.03.036