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Sheryl Luzzadder-BeachSHERYL LUZZADDER-BEACH. Professor and Chair, Fellow of the C.B. Smith Centennial Chair in U.S.-Mexico Relations, Department of Geography and the Environment, The University of Texas at Austin. Ph.D. and M.A., Geography, University of Minnesota, 1984 and 1990; B.A., Geography, California State University at Chico, 1982. Email;

Professional Experience: Professor of Geography and the Environment, The University of Texas at Austin (2014-present); Affiliated Faculty the Bernard and Audrey Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice (2015-present); Associate Faculty, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (2014-present), and Affiliated Faculty Center for European Studies (2014-present), The University of Texas at Austin. Assistant Professor to Full Professor of Geography (1993-2014), Associate Provost for General Education (2000-2003), Acting Chair (2001; 2013-14), Associate Chair (2008-2013), Director of Ph.D. Program in Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences (2008-2013); Director of Academic Programs Geography and Geoinformation Science (2008-2014); Elected Chair, College of Science Faculty (2011-2014), Elected Senator, George Mason University Faculty Senate (2006-2013). Temporary Assistant Professor of Geography: University of Georgia (1991-1993), Humboldt State University (1990-1991); Instructor: University of Minnesota Geography (1987-1989), U of MN Composition Program (1987-1988).

Service to Geography and the AAG: AAG’s Representative to the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) Science and Human Rights Coalition (2011 to present) including SHR Coalition Steering Committee, SHR Council, and SHR co-Chair of the Education and Information Resources Working Group. Hydrology Section Editor for the AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography (2011-present). Elected service: AAG Council (Regional Councilor, Middle Atlantic Division, 2003-2004); Chair of the Regional Councilors (2003-2004); Committee on Committees (2003-2004). Middle Atlantic Division of the AAG: elected Chair (2005-2006), Vice Chair (2004-2005), Secretary (1999-2000), Treasurer (1998-1999), and Events Chair (1996-1997), (Also a Life Member); AAG Nominating Committee (2008); and AAG Water Resources Specialty Group Director (1998-2000, 2001-03). Appointments: AAG Awards Committee (2015-2018); Finance (2006-2009); AAG-IGU Travel Grants (2004); AAG-NGS Joint Relations (2001-2004); Constitution and Bylaws (1996-1999); and Tellers (2001). Additional Service to AAG: organizing numerous meetings and sessions at the regional and national level, most recently as a co-organizer and a session chair for the “AAG Symposium on Physical Geography: Challenges of the Anthropocene” featured as a major theme of the AAG Annual Meeting in San Francisco in 2016, and as a co-organizer for panels and sessions for the “Mainstreaming Human Rights in Geography” Theme for the 2017 Boston AAG Meetings. Dr. Luzzadder-Beach was PI on a grant awarded to the AAG by NASA in 2006-2007 for Project Geo-START: Geo-Spatial Thinking Activities and Resources for Teachers of Geography and Earth Science, a multi-institutional project aimed at increasing diversity in science. Selected Service Beyond the AAG: (2012-2016) Section Co-Editor for Geomorphology and Hydrology, Geography Compass (Wiley); (2016-present) Associate Editor for Geoarchaeology, Hydrology, and Geomorphology, Arabian Journal of Geosciences (Springer, Germany); and (2016-present) Guest Editor, Special issue on Physical Geography, Anthropocene (Elsevier). Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium Steering Committee.

Awards and Honors: AAG Honors: awarded, (along with Dr. Tim Beach), the 2010 AAG G.K. Gilbert Outstanding Research Award in Geomorphology for their 2009 AAG Annals article. Other honors beyond AAG: Fellow of the C.B. Smith Centennial Chair in U.S.-Mexico Relations at the University of Texas (2014-present), the 2013 GMU College of Science Outstanding Publication Award (for 2012 PNAS article). Sigma Xi in 2013; and the 2013 Evelyn L. Pruitt Annual Lecturer at Louisiana State University’s Department of Geography and Anthropology. Twice honored with the University of Minnesota’s Ralph Hall Brown Outstanding Graduate Student Publication Award (1987, 1989).

Research and Teaching: Research Specialties: physical geography, hydrology and geomorphology, water chemistry, geoarchaeology, spatial statistics, gender and geoscience, and science and human rights, with field research in Mesoamerica, California, the Mediterranean and Near East, and Iceland. Funding: National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration, resulting in more than 50 peer reviewed book chapters and articles, including such journals as the Annals of the AAG, Professional Geographer, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Geomorphology, Antiquity, Catena, and Geographical Review, among others. Course Taught: Physical Geography, Human Geography, Spatial Analysis, Water Resources, Environmental Hydrology, Geoarchaeology, History of Earth Systems Science, Geographic Thought and Methodology, Climate and Weather, Dynamic Atmosphere and Hydrosphere, Latin America, American-Canadian Landscapes, Freshman Writing Practice, Writing in the Quantitative Social Sciences, Senior Seminar in Geography. Advised or co-advised seven completed Ph.D. dissertations at UT and GMU, and committee member on 21 completed Ph.D. dissertations at UT and GMU. Director (2014-present), Environmental Hydrology and Water Quality Lab, Geography, University of Texas at Austin.

Public Engagement, Curricular, and Synergistic Activities:

  • As Associate Provost at George Mason University, Dr. Luzzadder-Beach led creating and implementing the new core University General Education curriculum.
  • PI of the B.S. in Global and Environmental Change degree, and also one of the principle creators of the interdisciplinary M.S. in Earth Systems Science and Ph.D. in Earth Systems and GeoInformation Sciences at GMU.
  • Instrumental, with Geography colleagues, in launching and locating the B.A. in Sustainability Studies in the Department of Geography and the Environment at UT Austin in 2016.
  • In the area of broadening underrepresented groups in the sciences, Dr. Luzzadder-Beach has engaged in research and published on Gender and Science; co-organized the 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2011 Sally Ride National Capital Science Festivals for Girls at GMU; served as the Chair of GMU College’s Diversity Committee; and led a NASA pilot project as PI focusing on middle school earth science education resources for teachers of underrepresented students in DC and NYC.
  • As co-chair of the AAAS Education and Resources Working Group for Science and Human Rights, and representing the AAG to the AAAS-SHR group on the Steering and Executive Committees, Dr. Luzzadder-Beach created a college-level teaching module on Science and Human Rights, and maintains the Bibliography on Human Rights.
  • Led and engaged with interdisciplinary teams doing sponsored field research activities in Hydrology and Geoarchaeology in California, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, Turkey, Syria, and Iceland. 

Personal Statement: It is humbling to be nominated to a national leadership position in my beloved field, Geography. Thank you to the nominators and the nominating committee. I am writing this statement from the heart of Mexico City on the eve of a workshop and field trip tracing the route of Alexander von Humboldt where he explored the volcanoes of New Spain. These field explorations and collaborative experiences are part of the joy of Geography that we all share, but we also share a great responsibility to the future condition of our planet. I have held a number of leadership positions in the academy both past and present and I am grateful to my mentors and their legacies, and to my students for their promise for the future. In the position of AAG Vice president I invite you all to join me to focus on how Geography can lead problem-solving for the planet’s most difficult challenges in environmental security and human rights. This starts with focusing on preparing our students for the workforce of the 21st century, to be in place as educators, scientists, and advisors in all professional sectors to meet these challenges both at home and on the international stage. Our most pressing global problems are best solved by the range of talent Geography has to offer. These challenges include climate change, water pollution and scarcity, soil erosion, habitat loss, human health, food security, and human rights. I grew up in California, where I was fascinated by river floods and their effects on human and physical landscapes of the Central Valley, and observed the ravages of drought as California’s other extreme. From those experiences grew my main expertise, Water Resources, a field that requires input from human and physical geographers and geospatial scientists to solve complex physical, economic, and social geographical problems. Environmental problem solving, in turn, requires geographers to communicate effectively with policymakers. What distinguishes Geography therefore is its ability to see problems in a spatial light at multiple scales, and to address complex, interdisciplinary issues with our growing toolkit from qualitative methods to big data analysis. As Vice President of the AAG I will challenge Geographers to mainstream human rights in their research, most specifically building upon the work of the AAG in the Coalition on Science and Human Rights, to work towards improving environmental security, the human right to benefit from science, and the right for scientists to practice and communicate their results. We are called to not only do quality research and educate the next generation with engaging, intellectually rigorous geographical work, but to also make broader impacts to science, society and the environment. It is also my mission to not only do rigorous research in my own specialties, but to empower those who are underrepresented in the sciences, from my activities as a member of the Women and Gender Studies program at GMU, to my work as a local organizer of the Sally Ride Science Festivals for Girls in the National Capital region, to Project GEOSTART at AAG, to my current leadership role as the first woman to chair the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department’s 67 year history. All of these activities are intended to inspire the next generation of diverse students to study, join, and enrich Geography and its contributions. I expect Geographers to continue to break barriers and cover new intellectual ground as we journey together into the future.


Karen M. Morin

KAREN M. MORIN: Associate Provost and Professor of Geography, Bucknell University. Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Geography); M.A. Bowling Green State University (English); B.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Philosophy). Email:; Twitter: @KarenMMorin

Academic Appointments: Bucknell University: Associate Provost (2015-present); Associate Dean of Faculty, Social Sciences (2013-15); Geography Department Chair (2010-13); Presidential Professor (2010-13); Assistant to Full Professor (1995-06). University of Waikato Visiting Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer (1989-99; 1995); Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Queen Mary, University of London (2013); U.S. Fulbright Senior Specialist, University of Tirana, Albania (2006); U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Nizhni Novgorod State University (Gorky), Russia (2002). Co-director, study abroad programs in London (2009) and Northern Ireland (2008). 

Service to Geography: AAG: Historical Geography Specialty Group Chair (2007-09) and Board member (2002-04); Geographical Perspectives on Women Specialty Group Chair (2003-05) and Board member (2000-02); Glenda Laws Awards Committee (2005-07; Chair 2006-07); Research Grants Committee (2002-04; Chair 2003-04); Membership Committee (2009-12); Enhancing Diversity Committee (2007-08). Society of Women Geographers: Elected (2005); Board of Directors (2015-present); Northeast Reporter (2008-10); Pruitt National Dissertation Fellowship Review Committee (2009-14). Co-Editor, Historical Geography (2006-11); Book Review Editor, Gender, Place and Culture (2001-05); Editorial Boards: Journal of Historical Geography (2001-present); Cartographica (2009-present); ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies (2002-present); Historical Geography (2003-present); Gender, Place and Culture (2000-08). 

Other Service: Manuscript referee and book/proposal reviewer for over 50 journals, publishers, and funding agencies; reviewer, external examiner, and judge for dozens of Geography departments, promotion and tenure cases, thesis defenses, and paper competitions. Lewisburg Prison Project Board of Directors (2004-present; President 2007-16); volunteer and board member, other local nonprofits. Scores of Bucknell University service contributions and committee work. Founder, Bucknell’s chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon Geography Honor Society (2011). 

Awards and Honors: Race and Animals Summer Institute Fellowship, Wesleyan University, CT (2016); AAG Distinguished Historical Geographer Award (2013); Keynote lecture, History of Science, Technology & Medicine 24th International Congress, Manchester, UK (2013); McColl Research Fellowship, American Geographical Society (2012); AAG Janice Monk Service Award (2007); Two National Science Foundation Awards (2003-06); Senior Scholar Fellowship, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (2005); Baccalaureate Speaker, Bucknell University (2004); AAG Research Grant (1999); Sue Wilson, John Borrlson, and other fellowships and grants, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1993-95). 

Research and Teaching: Interests fall broadly under the umbrella of social and historical geography, with work spanning the history of geographical thought and literacy in North America; 19th century travel writing; feminist and postcolonial historical geographies; the geography of religion; and most recently, carceral geography and critical animal studies. Books: Women, Religion, & Space: Global Perspectives on Gender and Faith, co-edited with Jeanne Kay Guelke (Syracuse University Press, 2007); Frontiers of Femininity: A New Historical Geography of the Nineteenth-Century American West (Syracuse University Press, 2008); Civic Discipline: Geography in America, 1860-1890 (Ashgate, 2011); Historical Geographies of Prisons: Unlocking the Usable Carceral Past, co-edited with Dominique Moran (Routledge, 2015). Current book project, Carceral Space, Prisoners and Animals, develops a framework for exploring the close linkages across human and non-human carcerality and captivity. Published over 60 journal articles and book chapters, including in Annals of the Association of American Geographers; Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers; Journal of Historical Geography; Environment and Planning D: Society and Space; Gender, Place and Culture; Social and Cultural Geography; Cultural Geographies; Progress in Human Geography; Journal of Geography; Antipode; Men and Masculinities; and Professional Geographer. 

Public Engagement: Delivered over 80 invited lectures, papers, and panel presentations and organized dozens of conference and workshop sessions. Scholarship has been featured on a number of local and (inter)national forums, including, National Public Radio, Russia TV 1, and Slate Magazine.  

Statement: We are fortunate to belong to a discipline for which knowledge about the root, underlying causes of social and environmental concerns (such as climate change) are widely shared. We as geographers – as educators, scientists, public intellectuals, experts, activists – and as the AAG itself, have an opportunity but also a responsibility to widely communicate and disseminate what we know. Like many before me, I am committed to continuing the work of diversifying the discipline of Geography, its demographics as well as its content. Focusing the content of our K-12 and college geography around themes of social and environmental justice and security should be a top priority towards that end. I helped establish the women@bucknell initiative, which is committed to a balanced, equitable, non-sexist workplace, and would advance that work on behalf of the AAG. My education in public state institutions, combined with subsequent work within the private liberal arts milieu for 20+ years, offers me valuable insights into the challenges facing higher education generally. I would be especially attuned to how the AAG can help its most professionally vulnerable members.