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Nominating Committee

(three to be elected)

Meghan Cope

MEGHAN COPE. Professor, Department of Geography, University of Vermont (2006-present). Ph.D. in Geography, University of Colorado-Boulder (1995), M.A. in Geography, University of Colorado-Boulder (1992), B.A. in Sociology, Vassar College (1989). Assistant/associate professor, Department of Geography, State University of New York – Buffalo (1995-2006).

Service to the AAG: Qualitative Research Specialty Group: Founder and Chair (1999-2001); Treasurer (2006-2008); website manager (1999-present). Political Geography Specialty Group: Board Member (1997-1999); Secretary/Treasurer (1999-2001); President (2001-2003). Urban Geography Specialty Group: Board Member (1997-1999); Newsletter editor (1995, 1997-99); Website manager (1998-2002); GFDA presenter/Department Leadership Workshop participant (2010 and 2014).

Other relevant service and experience: Chair, Department of Geography, University of Vermont (2009-2011 and 2012-2015); NSF review panels (DDRI and regular). Editorial Board Member: Urban Geography (2007-present); Professional Geographer (1997-2000); Journal of Historical Geography (1997-2005). Book Review Editor, Urban Geography (2007-2011). External reviewer for numerous tenure and promotion cases, ad hoc reviewer for NSF and other funders, article reviews for 20+ distinct publications.

Awards: Ashby Prize, Environment and Planning A 2006; J. Warren Nystrom Dissertation Award, Association of American Geographers, 1997; Dissertation Award, Urban Geography Specialty Group of the AAG, 1996.

Research Interests, Publications and Presentations: Urban social geographer with esearch focuses on young people’s experiences and mobility in American cities, including NSF-funded work on children’s urban geographies in Buffalo, N.Y. (2001-2006), as well as more recent work on teen mobility and smartphone use of Vermont high school students (forthcoming in the Annals special issue on Mobility). Newest project is called Mapping American Childhoods, involving critical historical geography perspectives on youth experiences in 20th century U.S. cities. Interests have also led to developing work on blending qualitative research with geographic information systems (GIS), and co-edited a book with Sarah Elwood on this topic in 2009 (Qualitative GIS: A Mixed-Methods Approach, London: Sage). Published work includes articles and chapters on research methods, children’s geographies, urban post-industrial decline, feminist geography, public scholarship, and participatory research and pedagogy. Have recently been active on the UVM campus promoting ways to incorporate mapping and data visualization in cross-disciplinary applications by organizing mapping workshops for arts and sciences faculty, coordinating a faculty seminar on ‘Big Data’, and working with an interdisciplinary team on a ‘digital humanities’ visualization project funded by UVM’s Humanities Center.  


Andrew Ellis

ANDREW W. ELLIS. Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Virginia Tech. Ph.D. in Climatology, University of Delaware (1997), M.S. in Geography, University of Delaware (1994), B.A. in Geography, University of Delaware (1991).

Service to the AAG: Secretary-Treasurer, Cryosphere Specialty Group (1999-2001); Director, Young Scholars Program, Climate Specialty Group (1999-2001); Member, Honors Committee, Climate Specialty Group (1999-2001); Member, K-12 Expert Contact Program (1999-2000)

Other Professional Service: Editor, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology (2015-present); Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology (2012-2014); State Climatologist for Arizona (2001-2007); Co-Leader, Climate Variability and Change Program of the Arizona Water Institute (2006-2008); Member, Arizona Drought Monitoring Committee (2005-2007); Member, Arizona Governor’s Drought Task Force (2003-2005); Member, State of Arizona Hazard Mitigation Plan Team (2001-2004); Co-President, Central Arizona Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (2001-2002); Member, National Climate Committee, Long Term Ecological Research network (2000-2002)

Professional Experience: Associate Professor (2011-present), Department of Geography, Virginia Tech; Associate (2004-2011) and Assistant Professor (1998-2004), School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University; Director, Office of Climatology (2004-2006), Arizona State University; State Climatologist for Arizona (2001-2007), Arizona State University; Visiting Assistant Professor (1997-1998), Department of Geography, Arizona State University.

Honors, Awards and Grants: External grants from Environmental Protection Agency, Salt River Project, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, Arizona Water Institute, University of Arizona Water Sustainability Program, NOAA’s Climate Programs Office, Bureau of Reclamation, National Science Foundation, NOAA’s COMET Program; Centennial Professorship, Associated Students of Arizona State University (2002); Outstanding Faculty Mentor, Graduate Women’s Association, Arizona State University (2002); Apple Polisher Award for Teaching Excellence, Devil’s Advocates, Arizona State University (1997)

Research and Teaching Interests: Research specialization in hydroclimatology, with focus on variability and change, surface water supply, drought, snow. Taught the following courses: Introduction to Physical Geography, Introduction to Meteorology, Introduction to Climatology, Meteorological Instrumentation and Measurement, Dynamic Meteorology I and II, Physical Meteorology, Climate Change, Hydroclimatology, Physical Climatology, Seminar in Synoptic Meteorology, Seminar in Atmospheric Dynamics, Undergraduate Research Seminar, Fortran Programming.

Publications: Greater than 35 peer-reviewed articles in: Journal of Applied Meteorology, Weather and Forecasting, International Journal of Climatology, Middle States Geographer, Geophysical Research Letters, Climate Research, Physical Geography, Journal of Climate, Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science, Journal of Hydrometeorology, The Professional Geographer, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Journal of Hydrology, Journal of Operational Meteorology


Hilda Kurtz

HILDA KURTZ. Associate Professor, University of Georgia. Ph.D. (University of Minnesota, 2000), M.A. (University of Minnesota, 1996), B.F.A. (Portland School of Art, 1989)

Service to Geography: AAG:  Association of American Geographers Committee on the Status of Women in Geography, Founding Board Member of Agriculture and Food Specialty Group (2013–2014) and Qualitative Research Specialty Group (2001-2003), Co-Chair (2011-2014) and Student Paper Competition Co-organizer and Judge, (2001–2003; 2011–2012), Qualitative Research Specialty Group; Board member, Political Geography Specialty Group Board Member (2002–2003, 2005–2006). SEDAAG: Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers, Honors Committee (2004), Chair, Best Paper of 2004 Award Committee (2005), Georgia State Representative (2003–2004), Secretary (2006–2008), Local Arrangements Committee for 2014 Athens GA Meeting, Editorial Board  of Southeastern Geographer (2004–2006), Co-editor of Southeastern Geographer (2015–2019). 

Other Professional Service: Regular ad hoc reviewer for 15 journals, including Geoforum, Environment and Planning D, Antipode, Professional Geographer. Chair and/or member of numerous departmental and university committees, including Departmental Diversity and Inclusion Committee, University Diversity Advisory Committee, Co-founder of Diversity and Inclusion Fellows Program, also Program Review and Advisory Committee, Franklin College Senate. 

Professional Experience: Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Georgia (2007-present), Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Georgia (2000-2007)

Honors, Awards and Grants: Internal research awards including Provost’s Summer Research Award (2013), Faculty Research Grant (2012 and 2004), Wilson Center Visiting Scholar Program, Georgia Workshop in the History and Geography of Food, Place and Power (2013-2014), Franklin Diversity Leadership Award, University of Georgia (2012), Senior Service Learning Fellow (2009)

Research and Teaching Interests: Geographic dimensions of political practice on the part of marginalized social actors in relation to environmental justice; food justice and food sovereignty; and racialization in U.S urban contexts. Teaching interests include racialization in urban U.S. contexts, alternative agrifood systems, and qualitative research methods.

Publications : Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Antipode, Area, Gender, Place and Culture, Geoforum, Geographical Review, Political Geography, Professional Geographer, Space and Polity, Urban Geography.


Amy Lobben

AMY LOBBEN. Associate Professor and Department Head, Department of Geography, University of Oregon. Ph.D. in Geography, Michigan State University (1999), M.A. in Geography, Georgia State University (1996), B.A. in Geography Georgia State University (1991).

Service to the AAG: Chair (2006-2007) and Vice-Chair (2005-2006) of the Cartography Specialty Group.

Other Professional Service: Secretary for University Consortium of Geographic Information Science (2015- present); Organizing Committee for Conference on Spatial Information Theory (2015); Education Committee for UCGIS (2014-2015); NSF Review Panels (10 panels, 2004- 2014); NSF site review, Spatial Intelligence Learning Center (2011); AAG Initiative for an NIH-Wide Infrastructure (2011); co-Editor for special issue of Cartographica (2009); Co-Chair, Commission for Maps and Mapping for the Blind and Partially Sighted, International Cartographic Association (2007-2009); United States National Committee for the International Cartographic Association (2001-2006); Organizing and Liaison Committee for the International Conference on Information Visualization (2002-2005); co-organizer for various AAG sessions; Ad hoc reviewer for NSF proposals (2004-present); Ad hoc reviewer for Spatial Cognition and Computation, Annals of the Association of American Geographers,

Cartography and Geography Information Science, The Professional Geographer, Cartographic Perspectives, Progress in Human Geography, Cartographica, Southeastern Geographer, CoSIT, GIScience (biannual conference), International Cartographic Conference.

Professional Experience: Associate Professor (2009-present) and Assistant Professor (2004-2009), Department of Geography, University of Oregon; Assistant Professor (1999-2004), Department of Geography, Central Michigan University; Graduate Teaching Associate (1996-1999), The Department of Geography, Michigan State University.

Honors, Awards and Grants: External grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Research and Teaching Interests: Research specialization in neurogeography (the neuroscience and geography interface), geospatial cognition, geospatial technologies, geospatial data representation, and disabilities studies. Teaching responsibilities include courses on geospatial technologies, research methods, and research design.

Publications: Published in journals such as The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, The Professional Geographer, Cartographica, Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research, Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, Cartographic Perspectives. Published in peer-reviewed conference proceedings such as International Cartographic Conference, International Conference on Information Visualization, World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia, and Telecommunications, Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education.


Marianna Pavlovskaya

MARIANNA PAVLOVSKAYA. Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, Hunter College, and Earth and Environmental Sciences PhD program, CUNY Graduate Center. Adjunct Professor, Arctic University in Tromsø, Norway. Ph.D. (Clark University, 1998), M.A.(Moscow State University, 1987).

Service To Geography: Member of the Editorial Board of The Professional Geographer (2011-present) and the Curriculum Committee of the EES Ph.D program at Graduate Center, CUNY (2009-present); Interim Chair of the Department of Geography, Hunter College (2014-2015); International academic advisor to the projects on “Gender and Mobilities” and “Gender, poverty and social transformation in Uganda,” conducted by Kvinnforsk (Center for Gender Studies), University of Tromsø, Norway and Makerere University (2010-2013); member of the AAG 2012 New York Local Arrangements Committee; President of Russian, Central Eurasian, and East European SG of the AAG (2005-2007); member of the George and Viola Hoffman Award Committee of the AAG (2000-2003).

Organized numerous sessions and panels at the AAG, served as an external reviewer to four NSF and one Canadian SSHRC research proposals, five books and book proposals, 27 peer-reviewed journals, two tenure and promotion packages, and one geography program.

Professional Experience:  Associate (2004-2014) and Assistant (1998-2003) Professor, Department of Geography, Hunter College and Ph.D. program in Earth and Environmental Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center; Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University (1997-1998); Research Assistant at the IDRISI project, Clark University (1993-1997); Researcher at the USSR Academy of Sciences (1989-1990) and Geography school teacher in Moscow (1987-1988).

Honors, Awards, And Grants: The City University of New York Certificates of Recognition (2002, 2007, 2014), Guest scholar at Moscow State University and Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of sciences in (2012-2013) and Kvinnforsk (Centre for Women's Studies and Women in Research), Arctic University in Tromsø, Norway, in 2010. Since 2004 delivered 24 keynote addresses and invited lectures and recently had an interview about welfare in the post-Soviet Russia on the Against the Grain, KPFA (Pacifica) Radio (2015). NSF grant “Collaborative Research: Mapping the Solidarity Economy in the United States” (2013); PSC-CUNY Research Awards (1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2014); Fulbright Research Award for Russia (2012-2013, declined); Hunter College Presidential Travel Awards (2005-2014); Hunter College President’s Fund for Faculty Incentive Award (2012); George N. Shuster Faculty Fellowship, Hunter College Presidential Grant Competition (2003); SSRC Eurasia Teaching fellowship (2006); HUD/NRC Urban Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship 2001-2003; Gender Equity Project Fellow 2002 (through NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award); Fellowship at The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, CUNY Graduate Center, New York (2000-2001).

Research And Teaching Interests: Urban geography, feminist geography, social theory, post-socialist Russia, diverse economies and solidarity economy, GIS applications in social geography, critical GIS.

Selected Recent Publications: “Class” and “Qualitative GIS” (forthcoming) in Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography; “Post-Soviet Welfare” (2015) in Roelvink, St Martin, and Gibson-Graham, eds. Making Other Worlds Possible: Performing Diverse Economies, University of Minnesota Press; “Economy,” (2014) (with St. Martin) in Sage Handbook of Human Geography, ed by Lee et al.; “Between neoliberalism and possibility: Multiple practices of property in post-Soviet Russia” (2013), Europe-Asia Studies; “Mapping census data for difference: Towards the heterogeneous geographies of Arab American communities of the New York Metropolitan area,” (2012) (with Bier) Geoforum; “Non-quantitative GIS” (2009) In Qualitative GIS” eds Elwood and Cope, Sage Publications. In addition, publications in the Annals of the AAG, Cartographica, Environment and Planning A, Gender Place and Culture, Geography Compass, and Urban Geography, as well as The International Encyclopedia or Human Geography.


Bradley Rundquist

BRADLEY C. RUNDQUIST. Administrative Fellow for Research, College of Arts & Sciences, and Professor, Department of Geography & Geographic Information Science, University of North Dakota. Ph.D. in Geography, Kansas State University (2000); M.A. in Geography, Kansas State University (1995); B.J. in News-Editorial with minors in Geography, Biology, and Latin, University of Nebraska at Lincoln (1991).

Service to the AAG: Regional Councillor, Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division (2011-2014); Regional Councillors’ Chairperson (2012-2014); Membership Committee (2012-2014), Director of Remote Sensing Specialty Group (2009-2011); Chair of Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division and Regional Meeting Organizer (2007-2008); Student Director of Remote Sensing Specialty Group (1994-1995 and 1997-1998); multiple times as judge of student presentations at national and regional AAG conferences.

Other Professional Service: Managing Editor of Geocarto International, a Taylor and Francis remote sensing and GIS journal published in eight issues per volume (since 2008); Vice President, President, and Past President of the St. Louis Region of ASPRS (2011-2014); PI for North Dakota View, a part of the AmericaView consortium (since 2004), multiple grant proposal reviews for a variety of funding agencies, including NSF and NASA; multiple journal article, book chapter, and textbook reviews for top remote sensing, GIS, and geography journals; organized and/or participated in several GIS and remote sensing workshops for students, teachers, government workers, and community members.

Professional Experience: Professor (since 2011), Associate Professor (2004-2011), and Assistant Professor (2000-2004), Department of Geography, University of North Dakota; Department Chairperson (since 2008); Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Geography, Kansas State University (1997-2000); Associate Scientist, Lockheed Martin Engineering & Sciences Company (1995-1996); Assistant City Editor, The Messenger, Fort Dodge, Iowa (1991-1992).

Honors, Awards and Grants: Presidential Citation, ASPRS (2010); Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Geography, Kansas State University (2008); North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award (2009); Robert G. Buzzard award from GTU (1997).

Research and Teaching Interests: Ecological and agricultural remote sensing, land-cover change, human impact on the environment, biogeography, and the scholarship of teaching and learning (with a focus on remote sensing education). Grants from NSF, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, North Dakota Department of Health, Ducks Unlimited Inc., NASA EPSCoR, and numerous small internal grants from various offices within the University of North Dakota.

Publications: Published in journals such as Remote Sensing of Environment, The Professional Geographer, GIScience and Remote Sensing, Physical Geography, Geocarto International, Applied Geography, Natural Hazards, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, and Journal of Geography. Also two book chapters and an article in the Encyclopedia of Geography.