MONA DOMOSH. Joan P. and Edward J. Foley, Jr. 1933 Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, Dartmouth College. Ph.D., M.A., B.A., (Clark University, 1985, 1983, 1979).
Service to Geography: Member, AAG Research Grants Committee (1994-97); Chair, AAG Research Grants Committee (1996-97); Member, Cultural Geography Specialty Group Awards Committee (1994-1996); Program Chair, Cultural Geography Specialty Group, AAG (1992-3); Member, Committee on the Status of Women Geographers (1991-7); National Councillor, AAG (1997-2000); Chair of the National Councillors, AAG (1999-2000); Member, Nominating Committee, AAG (2005); Member, Local Arrangements Committee, AAG (2007-8); Member, Executive Committee, Florida Society of Geographers (1992-94); Member, Committee on Human Geography Advanced Placement Course, College Board (1998-2001); Workshop Leader, Geography Faculty Development Alliance (2009); Member, ESRC-AHRC International Review Panel (2011-2); Co-founding Editor, Gender, Place and Culture (1993-98); Co-Editor, Cultural Geographies (2003-2009); Editorial Boards: Urban Geography (1996-2008), Journal of Social and Cultural Geography (1998-2008), Gender, Place and Culture (1998-2008), Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2006-2009), Cultural Geographies (1993-2003), Emotion, Space and Society (2009-present), Journal of Historical Geography (2012-present).
Other Service: Program Committee, American Studies Association (2011-2012); Board of Directors, Center for American Places (1999-2005); Editorial Board, University Press of New England (2001-2004).
Professional Experience: Professor (2000-present) and Chair (2010-2013) Dartmouth College; Assistant to Full Professor, Florida Atlantic University (1990-2000); Women’s Studies Coordinator, Florida Atlantic University (1998-2000); Chair, Division of Social Science, Florida Atlantic University (1995-1997); Visiting Assistant Professor, San Diego State University (1989-1990); Post-doctoral Fellow, Loughborough University, U.K. (1988-1989); Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska (1986-1988); Visiting Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech (1985-1986); Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Delaware (1985).
Awards, Honors, Grants: Janice Monk Service Award, AAG (2003); Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellowship (1988-1989); Joan P. and Edward J. Foley Jr.1933 Endowed Chair (2005-present); Visiting Distinguished lecturer, University College London (1998); Progress in Human Geography lecturer, AAG (2009); National Science Foundation Research awards.
Research and Teaching Interests: Cultural and historical geography of American cities and empire; feminist theories and geographies; American landscapes; urban geography; histories of geography.
Publications: Six authored, co-authored, or co-edited books; over 50 book chapters and articles in journals including Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Progress in Human Geography, Journal of Urban History, Journal of Social and Cultural Geography, Urban Geography, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Cultural Geographies, Journal of Historical Geography, Geoforum, Area, Antipode, Journal of Geography, and The Professional Geographer.
Statement: Geography is well situated to make important and critical contributions to understanding and explaining the interrelated set of environmental, social and cultural challenges of the 21st century. Yet as President Julie Winkler has pointed out, some outstanding impediments still limit the discipline’s ability to realize its full potential of engagement with the range of issues that shape our world. If elected, I would work toward that full potential by building on previous efforts on the part of the AAG and fostering new ones in three main areas. First, I would support and initiate efforts to situate Geography as a primary home for multi-scalar research that joins the insights of the physical sciences, social sciences, and the humanities to uncover and interrogate new ways to work toward global environmental and social justice. I would work hard to maintain and strengthen Geography’s already well-established tradition of incorporating a wide range of theories, methods, perspectives and expertise, with an understanding that this tradition of multiple forms of knowledge production is crucial to seeking answers to today’s pressing problems and is key to being able to anticipate and understand future questions. This effort will require a continuation of work begun by Past President Eric Sheppard to ensure that Geography creates and maintains spaces of mutual and open-minded critical engagement. Second, I would seek to build on initiatives already established by the AAG to promote the discipline’s demographic diversity. Diversity matters to our academic and public goals for various reasons, not least of which is because it widens the range of issues we propose to interrogate, opens up new perspectives on problems, and fundamentally shapes the way we as a discipline collectively and as individuals understand the world. These new perspectives are critical to tackling the myriad challenges presented to those working toward a more just future. Third, I would continue with efforts to raise the public profile of Geography so that our theoretical and empirical insights are communicated and heard within and outside of the academy. Having served on the AAG Council and the Human Geography Advanced Placement Development Committee a decade ago, I can see the tangible results of raising the public profile of Geography, both in the K-12 curriculum and within the halls of D.C. and beyond. We need to strengthen and expand these efforts so that the discipline’s worth as a home for inclusive, critical, and essential research is never in doubt in the academy and beyond.