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Geography Alum Utako Kase.
A year and a half out of UW, Utako Kase works as a Software Engineer with the GIS Team - "the backbone" - of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Kase started with AWS as an intern with the Supply Chain Management (Infrastructure) team, and afterward was hired for the current full-time position. As an international student, Kase was able to enroll in GEOG 496 Internship in Geography for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and now is employed under Optional Practical Training (... Read more
Assistant professor of geography, Bo Zhao, has created an interactive map showing the spread of coronovirus.Featured on The Weather Channel 
Assistant professor of geography, Bo Zhao, has created an interactive map of the spread of cornavirus.... Read more
Geography Alum Robert Hendrickson.
After graduating from UW with a B.A. in Geography, Robert Hendrickson followed what he calls "a typical path": First a GIS intern for the City of Redmond, then a GIS technician for a tax parcel mapping company in Texas, to GIS Technician II at an energy company, followed by an analyst position at a few places, Hendrickson is now a department manager with Sierra Resources. In his current role, Hendrickson enjoys "the creativity to solve a variety of... Read more
Tanner Minh Le.
While geography student Tanner Minh Le found a Software Engineering internship with Liberty Mutual Insurance by browsing job search websites such as LinkedIn and Handshake, it was Tanner's willingness to tap into the UW alumni network that... Read more
T-Mobile Headquarters in Bellevue, WA, covered in purple light.
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
Racquel West.
“What we call ‘objects’ in the [Burke] collection aren’t just objects,” says Racquel West, above. “They are kin and they hold knowledge." Media credit: Corinne Thrash   On her twenty-first birthday, UW senior Racquel West spent the afternoon visiting museums. It was free admission day in Tacoma, Washington and she couldn’t resist. “I went to all the museums in Tacoma,” laughs West. “I’ve always been interested in museums and knowledge-sharing. I was really excited to spend my birthday that way... Read more
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
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