Recent News

Portrait of Professor Kim England
The Department of Geography offers our congratulations to Professor Kim England, who has just been named the new Harry Bridges Endowed Chair in Labor Studies! Professor England's research spans feminist, economic, social and political geographies, and the interconnections between inequalities, social reproduction and the state, primarily in urban North America. Professor and Chair of the geography department, Sarah Elwood, notes that Professor England is "particularly well suited for the... Read more
Portrait photo of undergraduate geography major Tanner Heslop
Building upon his previous experience as an intern with Time Value Investments, UW geography major Tanner Heslop is now Marketing Director and is involved with investment management at this firm that specializes in public funds investing. Here, Tanner considers how his current role and future plans may have unexpected connections to the major. A “day-in-the-life”: My primary duty at Time Value Investments surrounds the production of... Read more
Geography student Kevin Ho at Tolt-River Natural Area
Last spring, UW geography major Kevin Ho was nearing the end of his program when he says he “was casually checking out HuskyJobs with no real intent of applying for any internships/jobs when I stumbled upon this internship at King County Parks.” Now a GIS Asset Management Intern at King County, Parks Division, Kevin shares with us his reflections on the experience so far (spoiler alert: he’s enjoying... Read more
Five students looking at a laptop computer as they work on their community project for the South King County Food Coalition.
A recent UW News article exploring innovators within higher education featured our GIS Workshop - GEOG 469 - and its unique service learning approach to "critical community issues." Please... Read more
Grad Cohort 2018
Welcome to our newest graduate student cohort!  You'll find their biographies below... Estelle Broyer MSEE, Electronics Engineering, CPE Lyon (France); BA, Integrated Social Sciences, UW. Research interests: economic geography; urban, social and political geography; women in technology; class and gender discrimination; racism; poverty and homelessness in American cities; urban segregation; regional focus: United States. I have worked for 15 years in the semiconductor industry (mostly in Silicon... Read more
Rob Anderson
Rob Anderson received the Joff Hanauer Endowment for Excellence in Western Civilization Fellowship award. The award is intended to support students whose work fosters “creative and critical work in the Western cultural tradition and to help prepare teachers from different disciplines who have well-reasoned convictions about the place of Western civilization in the curriculum of an American liberal arts institution.” As a critical geographer Rob describes his work as looking “at the intersection... Read more
Geography undergraduate Alejandro Montesinos received an Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) Merit Award at their Spring Recognition Ceremony on May 25th. Alejandro was nominated by his OMA&D advisor Keoke Silvano. Keoke said this about Alejandro in his nomination: “Alejandro is a non-traditional student who had worked hard to come to UW. He is a promising Geography major who, despite hurdles and challenges that could have derailed his plans, made him stronger. Alejandro... Read more
Maggie Wilson
Maggie Wilson, Geography Ph.D. student, recently received the European Union Center’s Graduate Research Grant. This summer, Wilson will travel to Geneva, Switzerland to begin her dissertation field research about how mental health programs are being integrated into humanitarian emergency response programs. Medical humanitarian organizations traditionally have not offered mental health services as part of emergency response, but recently mental healthcare has started to become integrated with... Read more
The Department of Geography will host a geography-themed hackathon event on April 28-29th in Denny Hall, room 303. The event, MapHacks, will bring UW students from all disciplines and departments together to apply their backgrounds in Web mapping and GIS using a wide variety of platforms, including MapBox, Carto, Tableau, QGIS, and PostgreSQL/PostGIS. MapHacks will be held over the course of the weekend. On the first day, participants will form teams based on common interests within the overall... Read more
Racquel West
Undergraduate Racquel West, a sophomore double major in Geography and History, was named as a McNair Scholar in the 2018 cohort. The McNair Scholars Program is designed to support highly qualified underrepresented students whose ultimate academic goal is a Ph.D. Qualifications for this honor include academic excellence and extracurricular involvement. West served as vice chair of Washington Public Interest Research Group (WashPIRG) and is also a member of the Sustainability Action Network and... Read more