New Book: The Black Geographic

September 19, 2023

The Black Geographic

Congratulations to Camilla Hawthorne (PhD alum) and Professor Jovan Scott Lewis, who served as the editors for the new book, The Black Geographic, as well as Professor Diana Negrín, who contributed to the publication.

The contributors to The Black Geographic explore the theoretical innovations of Black Geographies scholarship and how it approaches Blackness as historically and spatially...

Professor Sharad Chari Publishes New Book: Gramsci at Sea

August 28, 2023

Cover of the book Gramsci at Sea by Professor Sharad Chari

How might an oceanic Gramsci speak to Black aquafuturism and other forms of oceanic critique? Professor Sharad Chari's new book, Gramsci at Sea, reads Antonio Gramsci’s writings on the sea, focused in his prison...

Clancy Wilmott, Geography Assistant Professor, Speaks with Spotlight About Bias in GIS Navigation Tools

August 15, 2022

Professor Clancy Wilmott

"'Safe routes’ make a promise they can’t uphold.”

Clancy Wilmott speaks with Spotlight about how the coding of our cities is founded on prejudiced conceptions surrounding race, class...

Black Geographies Graduate Student Conference, March 17-18, 2023

January 13, 2023

The Black Geographies Graduate Student Conference promotes critical dialogue on the racial, ecological, sociopolitical, cultural, economic, and sociospatial processes that constitute the materialities of Black life and its everyday contours. The BGGSC foregrounds the geographical practices, knowledge, and interventions of African Diasporic communities while challenging, reorienting, and refuting racialized colonial conceptions of space, place, time, scale, diffusion, and landscapes. This collective gathering is designed for graduate students and advanced undergraduates to collaborate and...

Professor Kurt Cuffey Publishes Findings About the Formation of Yosemite Valley

October 20, 2022

Yosemite Research 2010

“Yosemite Valley is one of the most famous topographic features on the planet. And of course, if you go to Yosemite Park and read the signage, they will give you numbers for when it became a deep canyon. But up until this project, every single claim about how old this valley is, when it formed a deep canyon, was just based on assumptions and speculation.” - Professor Kurt Cuffey


Professor John Chiang Publishes Research in Nature on Orbit-Induced Changes in the Seasonality of the Pacific Cold-Tongue Region

November 9, 2022

Professor John Chiang

"We teach our students that the Earth’s axial tilt is responsible for the seasons. But for the eastern equatorial Pacific - which is best known as the hotspot for El Nino - it turns out that its seasonal cycle has a sizable contribution coming from the annual variation in earth-sun distance as well. Awkwardly, the latter is what we tell our students how not to think about the seasonal cycle." - Professor John...

PhD Candidate, Morgan Vickers, Publishes First Journal Article in Annals of the American Association of Geographers

November 29, 2022

Morgan Vickers

"Swampification did not merely stagnate Black terraqueous landscapes but further perpetuated racial stereotypes of Blackness as out-of-place and pestilent, and situated the presence of non-White others as antithetical to U.S. progress."

Congrats to Morgan P. Vickers, Geography PhD candidate, on their first journal article, published in Annals...

"Black Scale" by PhD Candidates april l. graham-jackson & Robert Moeller Published in The Professional Geographer

December 5, 2022

april l. graham-jackson. Robert Moeller

"By examining the relationality across music, sound, and Blackness, we (re)activate and engage scale as a racialized, evolving, intimately embodied, and subjective interpretation of the world as well as structural, objective descriptions...