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National Councillor

(two to be elected)


Lesley-Ann Dupigny-GirouxLESLEY-ANN DUPIGNY-GIROUX. Associate Professor & &Vermont State Climatologist, Department of Geography, University of Vermont (1997-present). M.Sc. (1992, Geography) and Ph.D. (1996, Geography) McGill University; B.Sc. (1989, Geography and International Development Studies) University of Toronto.

Service to Geography and the AAG: Director of the AAG Climate Specialty Group 2006-2008 (created an international network of geographers and climate scientists working to develop protocol and centralized tools around literacy at the K-16 and informal levels); NESTVAL local host 2006; Judge for student papers Climate Specialty Group; Editorial Board member Geography Compass, (Climatology) 2011 - 2013, Physical Geography (Climatology) 2007 - 2010, Northeastern Geographer, 2007-present; NSF panel review member (9 programs); NOAA Science Advisory Board R&D Portfolio Review Task Force member (2012); AMS Applied Climatology Committee member working on the “Development of improved linkages between applied climatologists and users of climate data products to facilitate the application of climatic information in decision-making,” 2012-2015; Vermont State Climatologist working with Vermont and federal agencies on weather/climate & geospatial applications of climate in agriculture and hazard mitigation outreach and research, 1997-present

Honors, Awards, Grants: University of Georgia Franklin Visiting Scholar Inclusion and Diversity Leadership; NSF-funded Satellites, Weather and Climate (SWAC) professional development program for in-service K-12 science and mathematics teachers; NSF-funded Diversity Climate Network (D-ClimNet) to enhance diversity in climatology; NSF-funded Robert Noyce Scholarship Program at the University of Vermont; AAUW Educational Foundation - American Fellowship - Shirley Farr Fellowship; AAAS Women’s International Science Collaboration (WISC) Program; Vermont EPA EPSCoR-funded drought baseline studies in Vermont; Vermont NASA EPSCoR-funded multiangular, polarized and hyperspectral imagery studies.

Professional Experience: Assistant and Associate Professor, University of Vermont, 1997-present (Acting Chair, 2011-2012); Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 1996-1997.

Research and Teaching Interests: Climate variability and change, historical climatology, severe weather hazards, drought, geospatial technologies (especially remote sensing), spatial climate and land surface processes, regional climatology of New England, Brazil and the Caribbean, climate literacy and geographic/science education.

Publications: Physical Geography, Geography Compass, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Weather, Natural Hazards Review, Remote Sensing of Environment, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Journal of Conservation and Planning, Journal of Geoscience Education. Co-edited book on Historical climate variability and impacts in North America.

Statement: Internationalization. Diversity of peoples and research methodologies. Inclusivity of experiences. Mentoring the next generations of geographers. Fostering a deeper appreciation of the importance of geographic thinking and framing. Geovisualizations of the coupled human-natural interactions of the world around us. Preparedness and adaptation. Geospatial constructs of the climate system. These are a few of the intertwined and over-arching principles that have shaped my career as a geographer and which I hope to bring to bear to the position of National Councillor, should I be elected. Geography, by its very definition is an integrating discipline. As a National Councillor, I look forward to moving across our sub-disciplinary lines and fostering dialogue and action around geographic education, systems-based thinking and diversity of thought and practice for all.


Melissa GilbertMELISSA R. GILBERT. Graduate Chair and Professor, Department of Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University. PhD and MA Geography, Clark University, 1994, 1991; MA Urban and Regional Studies, University of Sussex, 1988; BA Geography and Political Science, Clark University, 1986.

Service to the AAG and Geography: Past Chair, Geographical Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, AAG, 2009-2010; Chair, Geographical Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, AAG, 2007-2009; Treasurer, Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, AAG, 2003-2007; Committee on the Status of Women in Geography, AAG, 1997-2000; Paper Competitions Committee, Urban Geography Specialty Group, AAG, 1997; Program Coordinator for 1996 Annual Meeting, Urban Geography Specialty Group, AAG, 1995-1996; Board Member, Urban Geography Specialty Group, AAG, 1995-1997; Atlanta Local Arrangements Committee, Annual Meeting, AAG, 1993; Secretary and Treasurer, Geographical Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, AAG, 1992-1994; Geography and Spatial Sciences Senior Advisory Panel, National Science Foundation; Editorial Advisory Board, Urban Geography, 2009-present; Editorial Advisory Board, Gender, Place, and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 2009-2012; Editorial Advisory Board, Environment and Planning A, 1999-2002; Nominating Committee, Urban Affairs Association, 1997-2000.

Honors, Awards, Grants: Jan Monk Service Award, Geographical Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, AAG, 2011; Keynote Presentation, Web Science, 2010; Senior Research Personnel, Building Information Technology Skills Among Inner City Youth Program (BITS), funded through NSF ITEST Grant, 2004-2007; Keynote Presentation, Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, 2005; Keynote Presentation, Geography Graduate Student Conference, 1998; Nystrom Award Session Finalist, 1995; NSF, Doctoral Dissertation Research in Geography and Regional Science, 1991-93; Social Science Research Council, Dissertation Grant for Research on the Urban Underclass, 1991-1992; Urban Geography Specialty Group Dissertation Proposal Award, 1991; Geographical Perspectives on Women Specialty Group Dissertation Proposal Award, 1991; Mary E. and Irene Piper Fellowship, Clark University, 1988-89; Honorary Research Fellowship, Women's Studies Research Centre, University of Lancaster, England, 1987-1988; Fulbright Scholarship, University of Sussex, England, 1986-1987; Phi Beta Kappa, Clark University, 1985.

Professional Experience: Assistant to Full Professor, Temple University, Department of Geography and Urban Studies, 1996-present; Director, Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium, 2010-present; Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Southern California, 1995-1996; Assistant Professor, Georgia State University, 1992-1996.

Teaching and Research Interests: Urban Geography; Feminist Geography; Feminist Theory; Critical Race Theory; Urban Social Theory; Social Action Research; Urban Labor Markets; Urban Poverty; Societal Dimensions of Information and Communication Technologies; and Social Movements.

Publications: I have published with Michele Masucci Information and Communication Technology Geographies: Strategies for Bridging the Digital Divide (2011, University of British Columbia, Canada: Praxis (e)Press This book draws upon fourteen years of social action research in Philadelphia to argue that an understanding of poor women’s frameworks for the use of information and communication technologies necessitates rethinking the policies that seek to address the digital divide. I have also co-edited special issues of Information, Communication & Society, 2010 and Urban Geography, 2001. I have published articles in journals including Annals of the Association of American Geographers, The Professional Geographer, Gender, Place and Culture, Urban Geography, Geoforum, and Information, Communication & Society and contributed chapters in edited collections such as Feminisms in Geography: Space, Place, and Environment and A Companion to Feminist Geography.

Statement: Geography as a discipline has much to offer theoretically and methodologically to address pressing societal, environmental, and political issues. I will draw upon my own expertise in three areas to assist the AAG in helping to ensure that geography as a discipline, and geographer’s research and expertise are recognized and utilized in all arenas (e.g., academic, policy, education, public). One area of expertise that I have is in developing a model of integrated research, teaching, and community outreach with an underlying commitment to social justice. By integrating research, teaching, and outreach, we are able to work with community members to meet their self-identified needs while building original data sets to make unique scholarly contributions and simultaneously involving graduate and undergraduate students in research experiences. Another area of expertise is in initiatives related to contributing to undergraduate and graduate education, improving the position of women and racialized minorities at all levels, and building bridges across programs and disciplines. Finally, I have used my training as a geographer to impact public policy related to education. I am currently serving as an elected school board director in a public school district. This experience has taught me the value of being involved in educational policy in terms of the discipline of geography but more broadly the importance of a geographical analysis of our education system. Some of the ways that the AAG can continue to support geographer’s contributions in multiple arenas include: supporting the funding and dissemination of excellent research; building connections across disciplines; building connections internationally; helping to support and disseminate community-based/policy/applied research; supporting the diversity of the discipline at all levels; and supporting geographic education at all levels. I would also like to see the AAG provide a forum for supporting geographers as public intellectuals including reconceptualizing the traditional reward structures in universities as well as the relationships between universities and communities; funding for basic and applied research and programs; and traditional and experiential pedagogy.


George MalansonGEORGE P. MALANSON. Coleman-Miller Professor, Department of Geography, University of Iowa. Ph.D. UCLA, 1983; M.S. University of Utah, 1978; B.A. Williams College, 1972.

Service to AAG: AAG Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Committee (2007-10). AAG Nystrom Award Committee (1990, Chair; 1993, 1997). AAG Mountain Geography Specialty Group, Chair 2006-07, Secretary Treasurer 2005-06. AAG Biogeography Specialty Group, Chair 1997-99; Board 1987-89.

Other Professional Service: NIH Social Sciences and Population Studies Study Section, ad hoc 2005, 2006, regular member 2007-2011. National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry, research proposals panel, 2004. National Science Foundation, Biocomplexity: Coupled Human & Natural Systems panel, 2002. Binghamton Symposium in Geomorphology Steering Committee, 2000-2003. National Academies/NRC Committee on Research Priorities in Geography at the USGS, 2000-02. NSF Geography & Regional Science Program review panel, 1998-99. North American Editor, Progress in Physical Geography, 2010-present. Associate Editor: Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 2005-present. Associate Editor, Physical Geography, 2006-present. Biogeography Editor, Geography Compass, 2008-09. Other Editorial Boards: Physical Geography, 1994-06, Geographical & Environmental Modelling, 1996-02, Landscape Ecology, 1997-05, Geography Compass, 2006-07, Advances in Water Resources, 2004-09, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 2000-present

Honors, Awards: Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science. James J. Parsons Distinguished Career Award, AAG Biogeography Specialty Group. Sagarmatha Career Award, AAG Mountain Geography Specialty Group. Henry C. Cowles Award for publication, AAG Biogeography Specialty Group.

Professional Experience: Visiting Assistant through Professor, University of Iowa (1985-present). Professor, Southwest Texas State University (2000-01). NSF Visiting Scholar, CNRS Centre Emberger, Montpellier, France (1984-85). Visiting Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University (1982-84).

Research and Teaching Interests: bio- and physical geography (vegetation dynamics in mountain and riparian landscapes, response to climate change), spatial simulations (including land use/land cover change), and geographic thought and responsible conduct of research.

Publications: Author or coauthor of 120 articles in refereed journals, including the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and The Professional Geographer, 40 book chapters, 3 edited books, one monograph.

Statement. While I have diverse concerns about the status and remit of geographical knowledge in the academic and public spheres, I will be active on the National Council in two areas. First, I will advocate the development of a geography-specific online course on the responsible conduct of research (RCR; including ethics but extending to best practices and publication strategies). Training in this area is now required by NIH and NSF but most of the material available is aimed at biomedical researchers. The National Council can foster program more relevant to geographers with the broad base of ideas and support that is needed for wide adoption. Second, I will promote an assessment of the role of the AAG in the area of the internationalization of the work of knowledge production. The geography of research, academic and otherwise, is uneven, little understood, and changing fast. The changing nature of knowledge production, access to it, and likely feedbacks in the process will affect organizations such as the AAG and all individual scholars. The AAG should be a leader in advancing our understanding of the process, but just as important is promoting fair access and opportunity. I will work to develop an agenda through which the AAG can assess and respond to these changes. These two activities will overlap, because international work has its own RCR dimensions.


David WilsonDAVID WILSON. Professor of Geography, Urban Planning, African American Studies, and Criticism and Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ph.D (Geography) Rutgers University. M.A. (Geography) Temple University. B.A. (Geography) State University of New York at Albany.

Service to Geography: Editor, International Journal of Spaces and Flows (2009-present). Editorial Board Member of Professional Geographer (2002-2010); Urban Geography (2004-2011); Social and Cultural Geography (2005-present); Acme: International Online Journal of Critical Geography (2004-present); Geography Journal (2012-present). Book Review Editor, Urban Geography (2011-present). Editorial Board, Space, Place, and Society Book Series, Syracuse University.

Honors, Awards, Grants: Appointed Distinguished Lecturer, University of Shanghai, China, Summer 2012. Appointed to the 2011 Chancellor Dunning Trust Lectureship, Queens University, Kingston Ontario 2011-2012. Since 2009, presented invited talks at Wayne State University, Georgia State University, Queens University (Canada), Indiana University-Indianapolis, University of Bergen (Norway), Queens University (Canada), York University (Canada), Shanghai University (China), University of Minnesota, University of Washington, and Ohio State.

Professional Experience: Professor, University of Illinois (2006-Present). Assistant and Associate Professor IUPUI and University of Illinois (1987-2005).

Research and Teaching Interests: My research focuses on the changing economic, social, political, and cultural character of the U.S. city. I am particularly interested in two issues: how cities are governed and regulated in current times; and the causes and consequences of such city realities as poverty, inequality, race-class relations, and city redevelopment.

Publications: I am the author of five books (with a sixth soon to be published): Cities and Race: the New American Black Ghetto (London: Routledge); Inventing Black-On-Black Violence: Discourse, Space, Representation (Syracuse: Syracuse University); Two Decades Later: Critical Perspectives On The Growth Machine Thesis (Albany: SUNY); Marginalized Places and Populations: A Structurationist Agenda (Westport: Praeger); Derelict Landscapes: the Wasting of America's Built Environment (Lanham, Md: Rowman and Littlefield). I have published widely in geography and urban studies journals, including Urban Geography, Social and Cultural Geography, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Political Geography, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, The Professional Geographer, Journal of Urban Affairs, Antipode, and Housing Studies.

Statement: At the core of my candidacy is the belief that the discipline of geography can be a crucial catalyst to progressive and important change in higher education and the broader society. On the higher education front, geography stands to make an even more important contribution to deepening understandings across diverse fields of learning. Inroads have been made, yet our drive to assert the centrality of spatial cause and spatial needs to be sustained. In this vein, we must be vigilant in being involved in interdisciplinary research endeavors, educate our administrators of the benefits and vitality of geography, and further institutionalize our visions and perspectives in diverse curricula across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. At the same time, our discipline needs to continue to aggressively tackle the difficult issues of our time, e.g., global warming, persistent poverty, burgeoning homelessness, complex disasters, and unstable economies. Our rapidly changing earth and mounting problems necessitate that the insights from geographers be part of ameliorative policy. I believe geography is ideally situated to meaningfully address these issues. Finally, on the disciplinary front, following AAG President Eric Sheppard, I would seek to invigorate geography by advancing the notion of a public geography. I believe geography should aspire to defend the core idea of a public, one that connects multiple communities, places, and principles in the name of a public-geographic totality. Promotion of diversity in our discipline would be a crucial aspect of this. Geography as a knowledge generating enterprise needs to be inclusive and to hear all voices. This should be reflected in the administrators we select, the kinds of ideas that we research and disseminate, and the sets of spaces in which we as a community do our work, meet, and engage. There would be a final piece to this: the drive to ensure adequate, suitable outlets and spaces for dialogue between under-represented facets of geographic investigation and the rest of the discipline. Geography needs to reach out to all of its constituencies, big and small, central and peripheral, and provide each a voice in the governance of the discipline.