Recent News

Geography Alum Matt Manolides Standing Outside of Google Offices
From his first class on Economic Geography with now-Professor Emeritus William (Bill) Beyers, Matt Manolides was "hooked"! At the time, Manolides had reached the stage in his UW career in which he was encouraged to declare a major, and geography - particularly the GIS, Mapping & Society track - proved to be "an interesting combination of [his] interest in economics and interpreting data." Now, looking back on his pathway from geography major to... Read more
Nathaniel Aune, Matt Seungju, Gordon DeLap and Hayden Hong, “YES 2 SCS”
The annual Geography Undergraduate Research Symposium, organized by Undergraduate Advisor Julian Barr, this year featured six papers in two sessions and 11 team presentations! Showcasing topics as varied as "Participatory Mapping for Community Engagement and Empowerment" and “Pasco Park Equity,” students from geography and other majors presented the results of projects that took as little as one quarter and as much as a full... Read more
Portrait of Laudelina Campos de Melo, the founder of the first domestic workers association in Brazil in 1936
The Department of Geography is delighted to announce that Ph.D. Candidate Caitlin Alcorn has been awarded the Susan Hanson Dissertation Proposal Award from the American Association of Geographers' (AAG) Geographic Perspectives on Women (GPOW) specialty group! The award "honors Susan Hanson, a past President of the AAG, whose scholarship has been key to extending understandings of the intersections of gender and geography. It seeks to highlight a Ph.D.... Read more
View of the Puget Sound and Discovery Park Lighthouse in Seattle
Nearing the end of the first year in the geography graduate program, M.A. student Amelia Schwartz has established a balance that seems to be working well: "I’ve figured out a way of rarely working outside of 9-5 weekdays on school. When I work on readings, I try to do them outside, or at least in comfy clothes somewhere relaxing. To keep myself from GIS burnout, I often like to create maps simply for the fun of it, with no requirements or anxiety about perfection. On weekends, my boyfriend and... Read more
Geography Major Ji Hae Walks on a New York City Street
Finishing up her first year at UW, geography major Ji Hae Hong has made the most of her short time on - and off - campus! Currently studying abroad in Leon, Spain, with the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies, Ji Hae spends four hours per day studying the Spanish language, with plenty of time left for exploring the city. And in the autumn, Ji Hae heads abroad once more for a quarter studying... Read more
Student Lexi Nims Testifies in Front of State Legislature
Having learned about the recent measles outbreak in GEOG 280 Geography of Health & Healthcare, UW sophomore Lexi Nims "found it fascinating to watch the geographical clustering of vaccine-hesitant parents in our state." So fascinating, in fact, that Lexi began to follow House Bill 1638 "Promoting immunity against vaccine... Read more
Sean Harding, double major in geography and communication, recently completed an internship as a legislative reporter in Olympia. Here are Sean’s reflections of his time there and how both of his majors helped him with his work: “Last winter quarter, I participated in the Department of Communication’s Olympia Legislative Reporting Program. There, I spent about ten weeks as an Olympia Bureau Reporter for the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association reporting on proceedings taking place inside... Read more
Professor Megan Ybarra Holding Her Book, Green Wars, Image Used with permission from University of California Press
Our department's congratulations go to Professor Megan Ybarra, whose book Green Wars: Conservation and Decolonization in the Maya Forest, won the 2019 Cultural and Political Ecology Outstanding Publication Award at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Conference in Washington, D.C.! As profiled in this article on the website for the UW Center for Human Rights, the book "examines how... Read more
"In most of my previous teaching but also in my experiences as a student, knowledge-sharing took the form of lectures. When I was an undergraduate in history, whether courses were survey-based or topic-driven, we’d proceed in a linear fashion, as though we were moving along a timeline. However, what if that mold were rethought? What if we also looked at how history is generated and communicated?" So begins a recent blog post, "... Read more
In the most recent issue of the UW College of Arts & Sciences newsletter Perspectives, Geography Ph.D. candidate Lee Fiorio is profiled for his use of social media data in research on "migration across the US and the globe." Please click here to read the full article!