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.


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...

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 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...

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 state apparatus firing...