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Image of T-Mobile Headquarters in Bellevue, WA, with Purple Structural Lighting by R90 Lighting
Despite initial challenges getting into the field of software engineering, geography student Rey Matsunaga found an "incredibly rewarding and educational" internship in summer 2018 when a recruiter invited the student to an internship networking event for T-Mobile! Rey says, "... I think that my success at this internship and the geography coursework has helped me recognize and understand how important it is to develop lifelong skills such as resourcefulness and drive as those can help anyone... Read more
Portrait Photo of Assistant Professor Carrie Freshour
This fall, the Department of Geography welcomes two new assistant professors to our campus. In their first few weeks in Seattle, Dr. Carrie Freshour and Dr. Bo Zhao are already engaged in research and teaching while meeting colleagues and students across the university. Carrie Freshour earned her Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University in 2018, and most recently taught in the Department of Sociology and Community Development at Delta State University. Freshour studies... Read more
Front cover of report "The Union Effect: Raising Standards for Workers Across Washington," featuring three people packing boxes in a warehouse
The Department of Geography extends our congratulations to Ph.D. student Lee Fiorio, who has been awarded a Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship! Additionally, Lee's co-authored report, "The Union Effect: Raising Standards for Workers Across Washington," was... Read more
Introducing the 2019 Graduate Student Cohort, from left to right: Ken Wolkin, Tyler McCrea, Danielle Brown, Ellie Cleasby
Welcome to our newest graduate student cohort! Please find their biographies below. Danielle Brown B.A., Political Science, American University. Research interests: place identity; urban studies; feminism and feminist theory; race and ethnicity; social stratification/inequality; migration. Regional focus: United States of America. My 8 years working at Gardening the Community, a non-profit that grows vegetables for the surrounding food insecure community, sparked my initial interest in social... Read more
Tree with big branches and substantial root system
While all students majoring in geography are introduced to the basics of social science research design in GEOG 315 Explanation & Understanding in Geography, a small group had the opportunity to apply these concepts while researching their ancestry in a brand-new course. Now called "Genealogical Geographies," GEOG 455 brings together historical geography with spatial genealogy as the brainchild of a partnership... Read more
Geography Graduate Student Emma Gause Meets with U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams
In early June, first-year geography M.A. student Emma Gause was invited to meet with U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, whose "Spotlight on Opioids" draws on research directly related to Gause's areas of developing expertise. Touring around the U.S. to draw attention to this topic, Dr. Adams visited the School of Public Health where Gause is concurrently completing an M.S. in Epidemiology while working as a Graduate Student Research... Read more
Geography Graduate Student Soohyung Hur Presents a Talk Titled "The caring ‘cosmopolitans’: Young people’s national paths to international development"
In early May, the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies and the Department of Geography were pleased to present Taking Care: A Conference for Engaging the Politics, Processes, and Ethics of Care Work. This two-day gathering featured scholars primarily from around the Pacific Northwest and Canada and was organized by geography professor Kim England, the Harry Bridges Endowed Chair of Labor Studies, with graduate students Samantha... Read more
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

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