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Nominating Committee

(three to be elected)

 Jacob Bendix

JACOB BENDIX. Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Syracuse University, Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Forest Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Ph.D. in Geography, University of Georgia (1992), M.S. in Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1986), B.A. in Geography, University of California, Berkeley (1980).

Service to the AAG: Member, AAG Enhancing Diversity Committee (2009-2012). Chair, Biogeography Specialty Group (2014-present). Board member, Biogeography Specialty Group (1995-1997). Ad-hoc reviewer for Biogeography Specialty Group student paper and student research grant competitions (multiple years).

Other Professional Service: NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences Advisory Panel; Geography Department Graduate Director (2005-2009), Syracuse University; Member of multiple university, college, and department committees at Syracuse University; Ad-hoc reviewer for more than 20 journals, including Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Ecology, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, Environmental Research Letters, Geomorphology, Journal of Arid Environments, Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, Landscape Ecology, and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers; Ad-hoc book reviewer for McGraw-Hill, HarperCollins, John Wiley & Sons, and National Research Council; Ad-hoc proposal reviewer for NSF and NERC; External reviewer for multiple tenure and promotion cases.

Professional Experience: Associate Professor of Geography (1998-present) and Assistant Professor of Geography (1994-1998), Senior Research Associate, Center for Environmental Policy and Administration (1994-present) Syracuse University; Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Forest Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (2007-present); Visiting Associate Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology and Visiting Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (2011-2012), University of Macau; Temporary Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Georgia (1992-1994).

Awards: J. Hatten Howard III Honors Teaching Award, University of Georgia; Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, University of Georgia Chapter, Sigma Xi.

Research and Teaching Interests: Research interests focus on Plant Biogeography, Biogeomorphology, Fluvial Geomorphology, Riparian Ecology, Fire Ecology, Human Impacts on Vegetation and Landforms, and Media Coverage of Environmental Issues. Have taught more than 15 distinct courses, including The Natural Environment, Biogeography, River Environments, Pyrogeography, Field Methods, Science, Society and Environmental Conflict, and Synoptic Meteorology.

Publications: Publications include book chapters and encyclopedia entries, as well as journal articles in Annals of the Association of American Geographers, American Midland Naturalist, Ecosystems, Geographical Review, Geography Compass, GeoHumanities, Geomorphology, Hydrobiologia, Hydrological Processes, Journal of Vegetation Science, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Educator, Physical Geography, The Professional Geographer, and Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie. 


Perry Carter

PERRY CARTER. Associate Professor, Texas Tech University. Ph.D. (Ohio State University, 1998), M.A. Political Economy (University of Texas at Dallas, 1992), M.A. (University of Georgia, 1986), B.A. (University of Georgia, 1983)

Service to Geography: AAG’s Healthy Departments Committee (2014-present), AAG’s Enhancing Diversity Committee (2014-present), AAG’s Membership Committee (2012-present), Qualitative Research Specialty Group Student Paper Competition Judge, (2006–2008), College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Human Geography Reader (2006-2016), NSF review panels

Other Professional Service: Editorial Board member of the Professional Geographer (2006-2010), Editorial Board member of the Canadian Geographer (2003-2005), Regular ad hoc reviewer for 12 journals, including Urban Geography, Journal of Geography, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, The Professional Geographer, The Canadian Geographer, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Gender, Place, and Culture, The Journal of Historical Geography, Social and Cultural Geography, The Southeastern Geographer, Antipode, Tourism Geographies, President of Texas Tech’s Black Faculty and Staff Association (2003-2004), specialty group memberships: Africa, Cultural & Political Ecology, Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, Environmental Perception & Behavioral, Geographic Perspectives on Women, Qualitative Research, Sexuality and Space, Study of the American South

Professional Experience: Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Texas Tech University (2008-present), Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Texas Tech University (2001-2007), Post Doctorial Fellow University of Kentucky (1998-2001)

Honors, Awards and Grants: Co-PI of a NSF grant (2015-2017), Texas Tech’s Internal Research Award (2014), Texas Tech’s Service Learning Project Grant (2006)

Research and Teaching Interests: Most of my work over the past 15 years has concerned issues of race, gender, tourism, and human environment interactions. My work in particular revolves around how Whiteness constructs spaces for itself while relegating residual spaces for raced others. My work in tourism has centered on the African American traveler in both the United States and Ghana. My earlier work dealt with how gender manifests spatially. Lately, driven largely by the interests of my graduate students, my work has moved towards cultural ecology and specifically issues of environmental justice.  Additionally, my teaching and research has begun to expand in to the field of Data Science and Data Spatial Science.

Publications: Professional Geographer; Urban Geography; Tourism Geographies; Historical Geography; Southeastern Geographer; Industrial Geographer; Gender, Place and Culture; Journal of Heritage Tourism; Receptions: Text, Readers, Audiences, History; Annals of Tourism Research; Journal of Latin American Geography 


Jennifer Clark

JENNIFER CLARK. Associate Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology. Ph.D. (Cornell University, 2004), M.R.P. (University of Minnesota, 1999), B.A. (Wesleyan University, 1995)

Service to the AAG: Chair, Economic Geography Specialty Group (2017-2018); Vice Chair and Treasurer, Economic Geography Specialty Group (2016-2017); AAG Conference Panels (sponsored by RSA and EGSG) Co-Organizer (2014-2017)

Other Relevant Professional Leadership Experience: Director, Center for Urban Innovation, Georgia Institute of Technology (2011-); Editor, Regional Studies (2016-); Academic Organizer: Regional Studies Association 2nd North America Conference (2016); Founding Member, Industry Studies Association; Co-Chair, Regional Planning Conference Track, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (2009-2012); numerous internal university committees; multiple policy committees, commissions, and advisory boards.

Honors, Awards and Grants: Best Book Award 2009, Remaking Regional Economies: Power, Labor, and Firm Strategies in the Knowledge Economy. External grants from the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Birmingham (UK); Regional Studies Association; U.K. Government Office for Science; Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); the National Research Council of Canada; Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada; Provincial Government of Québec, Canada; Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Industry Studies Program; multiple internal faculty research grants, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Research Interests, Publications and Presentations: I am an economic geographer working in the field of urban and regional economic development policy. My work focuses on the co-location of innovation and production through firm networks, regional innovation systems, and institutional intermediaries as well as the governance of urban and regional economies (including technology diffusion and “smart” cities). I have published three books: Working Regions: Reconnecting Innovation and Production in the Knowledge Economy (2013), Remaking Regional Economies: Power, Labor, and Firm Strategies in the Knowledge Economy (2007) (with Susan Christopherson), and the 3rd edition of Basic Methods of Policy Analysis and Planning (2012) (with Carl Patton and David Sawicki), a widely adopted text in policy and planning courses. I also co-edited the Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy (with John R. Bryson and Vida Vanchan) in 2015. My current projects include a new book manuscript: Making Smart Cities: Innovation and the Production of New Urban Knowledge. In addition, I have published numerous articles and book chapters.


Daniel Hammel

DANIEL HAMMEL. Professor and Chair, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toledo, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota, 1994), M.A. (University of Minnesota, 1987), B.A. (Kansas State University, 1984).

Service to the AAG: Urban Geography Specialty Group: Board Member and Treasurer (1998-2002); Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee (2004-2005). Judge for ELDAAG student paper competitions (periodically 2005 to present).  

Other relevant service and experience: NSF Review Panels (GSS Regular, DDRI, MRI, Science and Technology Centers, EPSCoR), Reviewer for 16 journals including the Annals and Professional Geographer, Editorial Board Member, Journal of Urban Affairs (2015 to present). Member and Chair, College Promotion and Tenure Committees (2001-2004 and 2014-2016).

Professional Experience: Chair (2016 to present), Professor (2012 to present), Associate Professor (2005-2012), University of Toledo; Program Director, National Science Foundation, Geography and Spatial Sciences/Geography and Regional Science Program (2007-2008 and 2013-2014). Associate Professor (1999-2005), Assistant Professor (1993-1998), Illinois State University.

Honors, Awards and Grants: Grants from the National Science Foundation; the Fannie Mae Foundation, Center for New York City Neighborhoods and various state agencies in Ohio and Illinois.

Research and Teaching Interests: Neighborhood change and gentrification, Housing policy (public housing and housing finance), discrimination and neighborhood exclusion in mortgage lending and geographical dimensions of the foreclosure crisis. Teaching experiences include introductory courses across the range of geography, urban geography; advanced courses in urban geography and housing, research methods and design, and interdisciplinary research in the social sciences.

Publications: Thirty peer reviewed publications and book chapters. Journals include: Environment and Planning A, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Geography, Geografiska Annaler B, Housing Policy Debate, Urban Studies, Cities, Journal of Geography and several others.


Shannon O’Lear

SHANNON O’LEAR. Ph.D., Professor, Joint appointment in Department of Geography & Atmospheric Science and the Environmental Studies Program, University of Kansas, (2004-present; tenure in 2007; promotion to Full Professor in August 2015); University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography (2001-2004); Illinois State University, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, (1998- 2001); University of Colorado Continuing Education Program, The Metropolitan State College of Denver and Front Range Community College, Instructor (1996-1998); Ph.D. Department of Geography, Syracuse University (1997); MA. Department of Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder (1992); BA. University of Colorado at Boulder, Double Major: Geography and Russian (1990)

Service to the AAG (selected): Committee member, Dissertation Enhancement Award Committee of the Political Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers (2006-present); President of the Russian, Central & Eastern European and Eurasian Specialty Group of the AAG (2007-2009);President of the Political Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (2005-2007);Vice-Chair of the Russian, Central and East European Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (2005-2007); Appointed Chair of the International Research and Scholarly Exchange Committee of the Association of American Geographers (2005-2007); Secretary/Treasurer of the Human Dimensions of Global Change Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (2004-2006); Student paper award committee member, Political Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (1999-2003); Student paper award committee member, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (2001); Elected member of the board of the Political Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (1998-1999).

Other Professional Service: Invited presentations at: Human Geography Futures Seminar hosted by Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (2016); Workshop, "Climate and Human Security: Geospatial Data and Mapping," organized and hosted by U.S. State Department, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (2015); International Geographical Union Commission on Political Geography meeting in Eugene, OR, (2014); Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, The University of Amsterdam (2011); Russia/Eurasia Orientation Course at Hurlburt Field (Air Force Special Operations Command) (multiple years); U.S. State Department-sponsored conference on Azerbaijan (2010); Director, KU Center for Global and International Studies (2016-present); Associate Director, KU Center for Global and International Studies (2012-2016); Board member, Eurasian Geography and Economics (Taylor & Francis journal) (2014-present); Panelist for the NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences Doctoral Dissertation Research Initiative Advisory Panel (2014); Panelist for State Department Critical Language Scholarship competition (2012); KU Department of Geography Associate Chair (2011-2012); Served on an NSF panel: Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human (2010); NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award Panel for the Geography and Regional Sciences Division (2008); Represented the University of Kansas on a Kansas National Guard-sponsored trip to Yerevan, Armenia to foster educational ties between Kansas and Armenia (2008); Served on an advisory panel for NSF’s Human and Social Dynamics (HSD) competition (2007).

Honors, Awards, and Grants: Internal award for collaborative work on Kansas Anti-Human Trafficking and Slavery Initiative (2013) and teaching Eurasian Security (2008); NSF funding for research in Azerbaijan (2003-2006).

Research and Teaching Interests: Political geography, critical geopolitics, environmental geopolitics; environmental security; Science and Technology Studies; Political geography of South Caucasus region.

Publications: Journal publications include Geoforum; Territory, Politics and Governance; The Annals of the American Association of Geographers; Eurasian Geography and Economics; Political Geography; Environment; Defense and Security Analysis; National Identities; The Geographical Journal; Geopolitics; Area; GeoJournal; Global Environmental Change; The Professional Geographer. Books published with Cambridge University Press, Routledge, and Rowman & Littlefield (forthcoming).


Jennifer Rahn

JENNIFER L. RAHN. Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Samford University (2007-present); Ph.D. University of Florida 2000, M.A Temple University 1990, B.A. Villanova University 1988

Service to the AAG and Geography: 25 years of continuous attendance and participation at the annual AAG meeting. Chair, Co-chair, board member and member of the costal and marine specialty group (COMA) (1991-present). Organize and chair numerous COMA sessions at AAG annual meeting, including the COMA student illustrated paper competition and awards. Education chair of SEDAAG education committee and director of the undergraduate poster competition (2010-present).

Other Professional Service: Samford University environmental studies program director. URISA Alabama board member, Ad hoc reviewer for geoscience journals. SEDAAG Alabama state representative (2012-2014).

Honors, Awards and Grants: National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) Distinguished Teaching Award (Higher Education) 2014. Numerous internal research awards for undergraduate research over the summers, technology in teaching, and faculty development research projects. Part of Samford University National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).

Professional Experience: Visiting Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University (2007); Adjunct Assistant Professor, Raritan Valley Community College, North Branch, NJ (2005); Assistant Professor, Baylor University (2001-2005); NOAA Sea Grant John A. Knauss Fellowship (1999-2000)

Research and Teaching Interests, Publications and Presentations: Teaching emphases on coastal and marine geomorphology, oceanography, GIS applications in the local community, physical geography and environmental issues. Presentations on coastal and marine topics at AAG for last 16 years. Book chapter on Saba and St Estuations, Dutch Caribbean in Springer’s Landscapes and Landforms of the Lesser Antilles as part of Springer’s World Geomorphology series. Several physical geography textbook pages on environmental costal and ocean and issues.