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ERIC S. SHEPPARD. Regents Professor of Geography, and co-director of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, University of Minnesota. Ph.D. and M.A., University of Toronto (1976, 1974); B.Sc. Hons, Bristol University (1972).
Service to Geography: Member and Chair, AAG Honors Committee (2009-12); Vice Chair and Chair, AAG Economic Geography Specialty Group (2000-2004); Chair, AAG Socialist Geography Specialty Group (1990-91, 1980-82); Member, AAG Program Committee (1986); Board of Directors, Urban Geography Specialty Group (1985-88); Organizing committee, AAG Socialist Geography Specialty Group, AAG Transportation Geography Specialty Group. Member, Advisory Board, UCGIS Body of Knowledge Curriculum Project (2005-6); Member, National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Geography (1998-2002); Member, NSF Geography and Regional Science panel (1988-2000); Chair, NCGIA Geographies of the Information Society Panel (1997-99); Member, NCGIA Board of Directors (1993-96); Member, NRC 'Rediscovering Geography' Committee (1993-5); Member, NCGE Education Standards Advisory Board (1993-5). Co-Editor: Environment and Planning A (1998-present), Antipode (1985-91). Editorial Boards: Annals AAG (1981-84; 1997-99, 2005-9), The Canadian Geographer, Human Geography, Dialogues in Human Geography, Economic Geography, Journal of Economic Geography, Geographical Analysis, The International Regional Science Review, Éspaces et Societés, Journal of the Economic Geographical Society of Korea. Co-organizer of eight international geography conferences and workshops.
Honors, Awards, Grants: Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (2005-6); University of Tennessee, Ed Hammond Lecture (2009); Supporting Women in Geography graduate advising award, University of Minnesota (2009); The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Harold Mayer Lecturer (2005); Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Toronto (2004); The Ohio State University David Robinson Lecturer (2003); Fesler-Lampert Professor, in the Humanities, University of Minnesota (2002-4); The University of Kentucky Ellen Churchill Semple Lecturer (2002); The Clark University Wallace Atwood Lecturer (2002); Scholar of the College of Liberal Arts (2001-4); Distinguished Scholarship Honors, AAG (1999); Howard G. Roepke Lecture in Economic Geography (1990). Recipient of approximately thirty grants for research, instruction and graduate education ($1,800,000), from NSF, the Mellon Foundation and other sources.
Professional Experience: Chair, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota (1990-93), Program Director, Masters of Development Practice, University of Minnesota (2010-). Visiting Professorships: University of Utrecht, University of Amsterdam, National University of Singapore, Bristol University, University of Vienna, Business University of Vienna, Melbourne University, University of Indonesia. Visiting Scholar: International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis.
Research and Teaching Interests: Geographical political economy, uneven geographies of globalization, urban politics and policy, geographic information technologies and society, geographical philosophy and method, environmental justice, social movements.
Publications: Co-authored or edited ten books, including The Capitalist Space Economy, A World of Difference, Scale and Geographic Inquiry, Contesting Neoliberalism, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Economic Geography, and Politics and Practice in Economic Geography. Author or co-author of over 150 articles in refereed journals and book chapters in, e.g., Annals AAG, The Professional Geographer, The Canadian Geographer, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Progress in Human Geography, Antipode, Environment and Planning A, Cartography and GIS, Cartographica, Economic Geography, The Journal of Economic Geography, Society & Space, Geographical Analysis, The Journal of Regional Science, Urban Geography.
Statement: Since I became Vice President I have greatly enjoyed learning more about the huge variety of activities undertaken on behalf of the Association, over and above organizing the annual meeting and producing AAG publications, by Doug Richardson and his very competent staff, as well as meeting new colleagues at regional meetings. Coming into this position from the vantage point of a regular member who had never served on AAG Council, it has been a real education to learn of all these. As President, I look forward to helping members get a better sense of how their dues are leveraged for them, finding ways of communicating this seamlessly. If elected, I will work hard to continue with two of Audrey Kobayashi’s vital initiatives—furthering the Association’s efforts to become fully representative of the racial, class and cultural diversity that make up the United States, and making our annual meetings a space that not only attracts colleagues from around the world but also enhances their voice. In the name of global engagement, our annual meeting’s status as Geography’s global meeting place should become an opportunity for US geographers to engage with and learn from knowledge cultures beyond the Anglophone academy, going on to work with local experts around the world as we all seek to understand the reciprocal inter-relations between localized events and larger-scale processes. We should lead in strengthening our universities’ and colleges’ international initiatives, in ways that ask the hard questions about the efficacy of existing programs and policies in improving the lives of the poor across the globe. I will continue to create spaces for rigorous, open-minded mutual critical exchange between what still seem too often to be separate sub-areas of our discipline. I firmly believe that this would enhance disciplinary coherence, set us apart as a discipline ready to work on the hardest issues, and foster greater wisdom. Finally, I will seek to advance the notion of a public geography: A discipline committed to defending the very idea of a public, to improving the world as we know it, and to connecting and working with, and learning from, multiple communities beyond the academy.