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AAG Honors Committee B

(two to be elected)


Ryan Burns

RYAN BURNS. Assistant Professor of Geography at University of Calgary, previously Assistant Professor of Instruction, Temple University (20015-2016). Ph.D. (University of Washington, 2015), M.S. (San Diego State University, 2009), B.A. (Eastern Kentucky University, 2006).

Service to AAG and Geography: Secretary & Treasurer (2013-2014), and Student Representative (2012-2013), for the Geographic Information Systems & Science Specialty Group; member of the leadership collective (2012-2013), and webmaster (2008-2012), for the Socialist & Critical Geography Specialty Group; Program Committee for the national graduate conference Spatial Knowledge and Information - Canada (2016-present); Temple University Professional Science Masters in GIS Steering Committee member (2015-2016); peer-reviewer for 10 scholarly journals in geography and its cognate fields.

Honors and Awards: Human Dynamics Research Strategy, University of Calgary (2016); Data Science for Social Good Fellowship, eScience Institute, University of Washington (2015); Gerlach Award, University of Washington (2013); Top Scholar Award, University of Washington (2009); Cartography & Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) Master's Award (2009); over $20,000 in additional travel and research support awards.

Research and Teaching Interests: The social, urban, political, and economic implications of emerging spatial technologies. This includes GIScience, urban geography, big data, digital humanitarianism, smart cities and open data, the geoweb, and geovisualization. At University of Calgary, I am part of an interdisciplinary research group that was recently awarded a 3-year UC Vice President of Research grant to commence comparative research on the social and environmental impacts of smart cities. I place "public scholarship" at the core of my approach toward research and teaching, meaning I lead collaborative and community-based projects and communicate research outputs to broad audiences, including policymakers, non-profit organizations, interdisciplinary scholars, and the general public, incorporating students into the research process.

Publications: I have published research outputs in Geoforum, GeoJournal, Cartographica, Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, and Environment & Planning A. My policy-related work was incorporated into the U.N. Human Development Report 2015, several U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs policy guidance documents, and has been published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. I have co-organized special issues in venues such as ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, and GeoJournal. I have presented my research at over 20 national and international conferences. 


Lisa M. DeChano-Cook

LISA M. DECHANO-COOK.  Associate Professor of Geography, Western Michigan University. Ph.D. in Environmental Geography (Texas State University, 2000), M.A. in Geography (Ohio University, 1997), M.S. in Space Studies (University of North Dakota, 1994), B.S. in General Physics (Juniata College, 1993). 

Service to AAG and Geography: Coordinator, Michigan State Finals, National Geographic Bee (2007-present); Secretary/Treasurer of the East Lakes Division of the AAG (2009-2014); East Lakes Regional Councillor for GTU (2005-2013); Associate Editor, Research in Geographic Education (1999-2014); Coordinator, East Lakes World Geography Bowl Team (2011-2013); Chair, Environmental Perception and Behavioral Geography Specialty Group (2006-2008); Member of the Geography Excellence in Media Award Task Force, NCGE (2007-2009); Vice-Chair, Environmental Perception and Behavioral Geography Specialty Group (2001-2002, 2006-2008); Editorial Board Member, Geographical Bulletin (2005-2013); Academic Director, Environmental Perception and Behavioral Geography Specialty Group (2002-2004); Publications Committee, AAG (2001-2004); Manuscript reviewer for several journals, grant reviewer for NSF, reviewer for several textbook publishers; Organized the 2003 and 2014 East Lakes and West Lakes Divisions of the AAG joint meeting; served as member of 2006 AAG Program Committee

Honors and Awards: 2012-2013 College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Achievement in Professional and Community Service, College of Arts & Sciences, Western Michigan University; Higher Education Distinguished Teacher Award, National Council for Geographic Education (2010)

Research and Teaching Interests: Environmental/Physical Geography, Natural Hazards and Hazard Perception, Sports Geography, Geographic Education

Publications: Co-editor of two books (The Geography-Sports Connection: Using Sports to Teach Geography; International Perspectives on Natural Disasters: Occurrence, Mitigation, and Consequences), Author of over 25 articles and book chapters with articles appearing in such journals as Physical Geography, Disaster Prevention and Management, Journal of Geography, Research in Geographic Education, and Journal of Social Studies Research.


Rebecca Lave

REBECCA LAVE. Associate Professor of Geography and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Indiana University. Ph.D. 2008 (U.C.-Berkeley), M.A. 1997 (MIT), B.A. 1993 (Reed College)

Service to AAG and Geography: Editorial board member of the Annals and The Canadian Geographer; NSF GSS ad hoc reviewer and panelist; councilor at large, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group (2012-2014); and co-editor of two geography book series: Critical Environments: Nature, Science and Politics at U.C. Press (with Julie Guthman and Jake Kosek), and Economic Transformations at Agenda Publishing (with Brett Christophers, Jamie Peck, and Marion Werner).

Honors and Awards: Five teaching awards (four departmental and one campus-wide) since 2010. American Association of University Women Doctoral Fellow (2006), Switzer Foundation Environmental Fellow (2003), American Society of Landscape Architects National Honor Award, Charles River Basin Master Plan (2000), Phi Beta Kappa (1993).

Research and Teaching Interests: My research combines political economy, science and technology studies, and fluvial geomorphology as part of the emerging field of critical physical geography. More specifically, I focus on the contradictory relations among markets, science, and the state in attempts to manage and restore the physical landscape, particularly fluvial systems; the neoliberalization of environmental science; and the construction of scientific expertise outside the academy. My current research focuses on the co-constituted hydrology, history, and political economy of non-point source agricultural pollution in the U.S. Midwest.

Publications and Presentations: I have published in journals ranging from Science to Social Studies of Science. I am also the author of a monograph (Fields and streams: Stream restoration, neoliberalism, and the future of environmental science U Georgia Press 2012), and the co-editor of four forthcoming collections, all slated for publication in 2017: the Handbook of Critical Physical Geography (Palgrave), the Handbook of Political Economy of Science (Routledge), Doreen Massey: Critical Interventions (Agenda), and Doreen Massey: Critical Dialogues (Agenda). I have presented my work at conferences and workshops in the Netherlands, U.S. and U.K., and given invited talks in Belgium, Canada, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.S., and the U.K. 


Reuben Rose-Redwood

REUBEN ROSE-REDWOOD. Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Victoria. Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University, 2006), M.S. (Pennsylvania State University, 2002), B.A. (University of Virginia, 2000).

Service to AAG and Geography: Co-Editor, Dialogues in Human Geography (2017-present); Co-Director, Critical Geographies Research Lab, University of Victoria (2016-present); Chair, Committee for Urban Studies, University of Victoria (2013-present); Chair, Historical GIS Cluster, Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective (2013-present); Chair, Geography Graduate Program, University of Victoria (2013-2014); Editorial Board Member, Cartographica (2010-present); Co-Organizer, The City Talks (2010-present); Secretary-Treasurer, Cultural Geography Specialty Group, AAG (2008-2010); International Advisory Board Member, Gombe School of Environment and Society, Tanzania (2008-present); Referee for over 30 scholarly journals in geography and related fields.  

Honors and Awards: Scholarly Travel Award, University of Victoria (2010); Faculty Fellowship, Glasscock Center for the Humanities, Texas A&M University (2009); Kluge Postdoctoral Fellowship, Library of Congress (2007-2008); Centennial Research Award, Pennsylvania State University (2005); E. Willard Miller Award, Pennsylvania State University (2001, 2004); STAR Fellowship, Environmental Protection Agency (2001-2002).

Research and Teaching Interests: Social and cultural geography; urban studies, critical toponymy; politics of mapping; historical GIS, history of geographical thought, New York City.

Publications: Co-editor of two books, The Political Life of Urban Streetscapes: Naming, Politics, and Place (Routledge, 2017), with Derek Alderman and Maoz Azaryahu, and Performativity, Politics, and the Production of Social Space (Routledge, 2014), with Michael Glass; guest editor of five special issues or sections, including “Deconstructing the Map: 25 Years On” (Cartographica, 2015); author or co-author of 26 peer-reviewed articles published in a wide range of scholarly journals, including the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Progress in Human Geography, The Professional Geographer, Political Geography, Social & Cultural Geography, Environment and Planning A, Journal of Historical Geography, Journal of Planning History, Urban History, Geographical Review, Journal of Cultural Geography, ACME; Cartographica, The Canadian Geographer, GeoJournal, and the Journal of College Student Development; recent article selected as Editor’s Choice (Rose-Redwood, R. vs. Smith, J., 2016, “Strange Encounters: A Dialogue on Cultural Geography Across the Political Divide,” Journal of Cultural Geography 33(3): 365-378); research has also been featured in major media outlets, including the History Channel, Discovery Channel, BBC World Service Newshour, the New York Times, The Atlantic, CityLab, The National Post, Scientific American, USA Today, and The New Yorker.