Welcome to the Department of Geography at UConn

The Department of Geography offers B.A., B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Geography. Interested students are encouraged to explore the information on these web pages and to contact the Graduate Coordinator or the Undergraduate Coordinator for additional information.

UConn Geography also offers a graduate level GIS Certificate. This program can be completed completely online or in a blended format, where students take courses online and in a traditional classroom setting.

Geography Curriculum Info

Studying Geography at UConn

Major or Minor in Geographic Information Science
Courses being offered in the Spring 2024 semester which count towards the GISc major and minor include:

    Upcoming Events

    1. Dec 1 Geography Colloquium: Dr. Jonathan Moyer 12:15pm
    2. Dec 7 Teale Lecture: Ermias Kebreab (University of California, Davis) 4:00pm
    3. Feb 1 Teale Lecture - Margaret Palmer 4:00pm
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    Employment Opportunities at UConn Geography

    Faculty Searches

    Assistant Professor in Indigenous Geographies, Feminist Indigenous Studies, and Climate Justice

    The Department of Geography and the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program at the University of Connecticut (UConn) in Storrs invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor position beginning in August 2024 in the interdisciplinary area of Indigenous Geographies, Feminist Indigenous Studies, and Climate Justice.  This position will enhance or expand the current research and teaching strengths of the Geography Department and WGSS in feminist political ecology, climate science, environmental change, water sciences, anti-colonial and critical geographies of race, spatial science, health geographies, and/or urban geographies. We seek candidates who have research expertise in Indigenous geographies and center Indigenous knowledge, epistemologies, and methods in their research and teaching. This thematic area bridges recent cluster hires in CLAS on antiracism and environment-human interactions and builds capacity in the recently established Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) unit. The scholar hired in this area will have the opportunity to engage with faculty hired in the clusters on antiracism and environment-human interactions as well as more senior faculty working on Indigenous issues.

    More info can be found here:  https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/26472

     

    Assistant, Associate or Full Professor (GeoAI) in Geography

    The Department of Geography at the University of Connecticut seeks a full-time, 9-month tenure-track position at the assistant, associate, or full professor levels to join a cluster hire in Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AL/ML): Understanding and Addressing Natural and Climate Change-Related Disasters. We seek a colleague who can holistically utilize Geospatial Artificial Intelligence (GeoAI) technologies and methods for addressing issues related to climate-related hazards and risk. Areas of research and teaching focus may entail (but are not limited to) social dimensions of climate extremes and disaster risk, including risk governance, exposure, risk mitigation, disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. We expect the candidate to be capable of employing cutting-edge GeoAI technologies, such as deep learning, high-performance computing, virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR), big data visualization, and multidimensional data analysis. This search is with hires in Earth Sciences, Economics, Geography, Journalism, and Statistics. The cluster will engage the role of AI/ML in understanding the scientific underpinnings of natural and human-induced environmental risk, human dimensions of hazards and risk mitigation, the economic impacts of these hazards, and meaningful public engagement.

    More info can be found here:  https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/26486.

     

    Recruiting Graduate Students

    Two Ph.D. Positions in Geospatial Assessments of Environmental Exposure/Health

    The GeoHealth Lab in the Department of Geography at the University of Connecticut is seeking two PhD students interested in Geospatial Assessments of Environmental Exposure/Health to begin in Fall 2024.  The successful candidates will conduct interdisciplinary research that seeks to understand how places, travel behaviors, and daily activities influence personal exposure to environmental factors that affect health using GIS, geospatial technologies, and/or wearable sensors.  Click HERE for more information or email Dr. Yoo Min Park at youmin.park@uconn.edu with questions and clarifications.

     

    Geography at UConn is hiring PhD students with interest in geospatial data science, digital cartography, participatory GIS, and health disparities from Spring 2024 and Fall 2024

    Project TitleMultidimensional Structural Racism and Moderating Role of Psychosocial Resources on cancer-control Behaviors in African Americans. Click here for details.   Funding Agency:  National Institute of Health.  Project PI and PhD Advisor: Debs Ghosh.  Contact at debarchana.ghosh@uconn.edu with your CV.

    Alumni Spotlight

    Recent Graduate Student Publications

    BenBella, Diane  & Ghosh, D. 2021. Combining Geospatial Analysis with HIV Care Continuum to Identify Differential HIV/AIDS Treatment Indicators in Uganda.  The Professional Geographer.

    Barocci, Antonio.  2020. Political arrests of women under fascism: gender and the special tribunal in Italy 1926–1928. GeoJournal.

    Adams, Aaron., Li, W., Zhang, C., & Chen, X.  2020. The disguised pandemic: the importance of data normalization in COVID-19 web mapping. Public Health.

    Terbeck, Fabian. 2020. Defining Suburbs: An Evaluation and Comparison of Four Methods. The Professional Geographer.

     

    See more graduate student publications

    Other Outstanding Alumni

    Caroline Mazo, class of 2018, is a Physical Scientist at the US Geological Survey.

    Tara Schwenzfeier, class of 2018, is a GIS Analyst at ForeFlight, a Boeing company.

    Nick Lacafta, class of 2016, is a Technical Records Coordinator at the University of Connecticut.

    Stefanie Walker, MA class of 2015, is a Senior Catastrophe Risk Consultant at Travelers Insurance.

    Amy DellaGuistina, class of 2014, is an Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability Senior Associate at Amgen.

    Keep in touch with UConn Geography!

     

    UConn Geography Alumni Award Recipients

    2023:  Jeanne Thibeault, PhD '10, Climate scientist, adjunct professor (retired).

    2022:  Julie Annino, PhD '02, Senior Transportation Engineer, CT Dept of Transportation

    2021:  Patrick Heidkamp, MA '03, PhD '07, Professor, Southern CT State University

    2019:  Todd Dumais, BA '03, Town Planner, City of West Hartford

    2018:  Richard Annitto, BA '85, Vice President, GIS and Survey Division, LiRo Group

    2017:  Ben Spaulding, PhD '10,  Catastrophe Risk Manager, Homesite Group

    2016:  Patrice Carson, BA '82, Consulting Director of Community Development, Town of Bolton

    2015:   Tyler Kleykamp, BA '00, Chief Data Officer, Connecticut State Office of Policy and Management