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Nominating Committee

(three to be elected)

Jason Dittmer

JASON DITTMER. Professor, Department of Geography, University College London (2007-Present). Ph.D. in Geography, Florida State University (2003). MA in International Affairs, Florida State University (1999). BA in Political Science and International Studies, Jacksonville University (1998).

Service to the AAG: Member, AAG Membership Committee (2011-2014, 2016-Present). President, Political Geography Specialty Group (2009-2011). Secretary/Treasurer, Political Geography Specialty Group (2007-2009). Board member, Political Geography Specialty Group (2005-2007).

Other Professional Service: Book review editor, Social and Cultural Geography (2014-Present). Book series editor, Material Bodies, Geopolitical Worlds (2014-Present). Advisory editor, Oxford Bibliographies Online: Geography (2011-Present). Editorial board member of six journals, past and present. Current editorial board member of two book series. Political Geography panelist for ESRC/RGS benchmarking review (2012). Grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation, ESRC, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Dutch Council for the Humanities, Royal Society of New Zealand, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Georgian National Academy of Sciences, Foundation for Science and Technology, and Czech Science Foundation.

Professional Experience: Assistant Professor of Geography, Georgia Southern University (2003-2007). Adjunct Professor of Geography, Florida State University (2003). Teaching Assistant, Florida State University (1999-2003).

Awards: Georg Bollenbeck Fellow, University of Siegen (2017). UCL Student Choice Award for Outstanding Teaching (2016). IRIS Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney (2012). Richard Morrill Public Outreach Award (2011, awarded by Political Geography Specialty Group). Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science (2011). Wells/Warren Professor of the Year (2007,voted on by the Georgia Southern University student body). Stanley D. Brunn Young Scholar Award (2005, awarded by Political Geography Specialty Group).

Research and Teaching Interests: My current research can be understood as an attempt to weave together geopolitics and assemblage theory. I am currently exploring this in two realms. First, I maintain a research program looking at the material connections between different states. I am now trying to push this forward both by investigating the interoperability of national militaries and by studying the diplomatic relations of the British Overseas Territories. Second, I focus on the materiality of popular geopolitics through an examination of embodied encounters with heritage sites associated with militarism or colonialism.

Publications: Author of Diplomatic Material: Affect, Assemblage, and Foreign Policy (Duke University Press, 2017), Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero: Metaphors, Narratives, and Geopolitics (Temple University Press, 2013) and Popular Culture, Geopolitics, and Identity (Rowman and Littlefield, 2010). Editor (or co-editor) of Geopolitics: An Introductory Reader (Routledge, 2014), the Ashgate Research Companion to Media Geography (Ashgate, 2014), Comic Book Geographies (Franz Steiner, 2014), and Mapping the End Times: American Evangelical Geopolitics and Apocalyptic Visions (Ashgate, 2010). Author or co-author of 77 journal articles and book chapters, in journals such as The Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Progress in Human GeographyPolitical Geography, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, cultural geographies, Social and Cultural Geography, and Geopolitics


Marcia England

MARCIA ENGLAND. Associate Professor, Miami University. Ph.D. (Geography, University of Kentucky, 2006), M.A. (Geography, University of Washington, 2002), B.A. (Geography, University of Washington, 1998).

Service to AAG and Geography: Eighteen years of attendance and participation at the annual AAG meeting; Member of Ethics, Justice and Human Rights Specialty Group, Cultural Geography Specialty Group, and Urban Geography Specialty Group; Organizer and chair of numerous sessions at AAG; College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Human Geography Reader; National Science Foundation reviewer; Book Review Editor for Gender, Place, and Culture; guest editor for Social and Cultural Geography.

Other Professional Service: Reviewer for Gender, Place, and Culture; Antipode; Geoforum; Environment and Planning A; Journal of Geography; Geographical Review; Social and Cultural Geography; Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers; Oxford Bibliographies; Human Geography (textbook); and The Cultural Landscape (textbook).

Professional Experience: Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Miami University (2012-present); Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Miami University (2007-2012); Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Affiliate, Miami University (2007-present).

Honors, Awards, and Grants: Graduate Research Assistant Award, Committee for Faculty Research, Miami University; Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award, Geography and Regional Science, National Science Foundation.

Research and Teaching Interests: My current and future research concentrates on two areas of interdisciplinary study: media geographies and reproductive geographies. My interest in feminist and media geographies has informed my research since my undergraduate thesis. Throughout my career, I have written articles and a book based on feminist media geographies and presented numerous conference presentations and colloquia based on my background in critical media geographies. My other focus is on reproductive geographies, in which I explore empirical, methodological, and conceptual perspectives of reproduction, focusing on the contribution made by directing a geographical lens to these issues. Future research will examine how reproductive technologies affect geographies of the body. My teaching revolves around introducing students to human geography and geographies of global change; gender and its intersection with geography; and geographical research methods.

Publications: Public Privates: Feminist Geographies of Mediated Spaces (monograph); Reproductive Geographies: Politics, Places, and Bodies (co-edited collection and chapter); The Canadian Geographer; Aether: The Journal of Media Geography; Environment and Planning A; Space & Polity; Gender, Place and Culture; A Companion to Social Geography (“Community”); The Oxford University Press Bibliographies (“Social Justice”); Social & Cultural Geography (“Scary Cities,” guest editor).


Lin Liu

LIN LIU. Professor of Geography and GIScience, Vice Dean for International Affairs of McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, Co-Director of Joint Center of GIS and Spatial Analysis at University of Cincinnati. Ph.D. in Geography, the Ohio State University (1994), M.S. in Remote Sensing and Mapping, Peking University (1987), B.S in Geography, Peking University (1984).

Service to the AAG and Geography: During the 5-year term as the Head of Geography at University of Cincinnati (2007-2012), the size of tenure track faculty members increased 50%. The ranking of faculty productivity in Academic Analytics increased from 42nd to 18th in the nation. He has been serving as Director of the University’s GIS certificate program since its inception in 2007. He organized over 15 international conferences, including the annual conference on crime geography and crime analysis. He frequently organized sessions at the AAG annual meetings. He also served on senior panels of NSF and NSFC (Natural Science Foundation of China).

Other Professional Service: Former President (1996-1997) and Chair of Board of Director (2008-2010) of CPGIS (International Association of Chinese Professionals in GIScience), former Dean of School of Geography and Planning at Sun Yat-sen University. Reviewer of 15-30 journal articles and 30+ research proposals per year. Associate Editor of Frontier of Earth Science (2012 - ) and Geographical Science (2014 - ). Guest Editor of the Security Journal (2003-2004), the International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management (2004-2005), GeoJournal (2013-2014), Annals of GIS (2012-2013), and Journal of Research on Crime and Delinquency (2015-2017).

Service to Education: Instructor of 12 different geography courses, and major advisor of more than 40 M.A./M.S. and Ph.D. recipients. He was also instrumental in developing international collaboration in education. The establishment of International School of Geography at Sun Yat-sen University was one of his major accomplishments in this area. Many of the 15 international conferences he has chaired are related to education. For example, he chaired a Dean Forum on International Education of Geography at the 2016 IGU conference in Beijing. In addition, he developed one of the first joint 2+2 undergraduate degree programs at University of Cincinnati. The program (with Sun Yat-sen University, ranked 7th in China) has graduated more than 50 Geography majors.

Honors: Recipient of the 2014 CPGIS Excellence in Education Award, the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS). Previous recipients included Academicians Michael Goodchild, Deren Li. Only two recipients per year. Recipient of the 2010 Best Service Award of CPGIS.

Research and Publications: His main research areas are GIS, Remote Sensing and their applications, including urban activities, crime, flooding, eco-systems, etc. He has over 160 publications and 200 scholarly presentations at national and international venues. He has made significant contributions to research on crime in China during the past 7 years, and he is regarded by many as a leading scholar in this area. His research has been funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), USEPA, Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), etc.


Neil Reid

NEIL REID. Professor of Geography and Planning, University of Toledo. Ph.D. (Arizona State University, 1991), M.A. (Miami University, 1987), M.A. (University of Glasgow, 1981)

Service to Geography: Chair, International Geographical Union’s Commission on the Dynamics of Economic Spaces (2010-2014); Vice-Chair; International Geographical Union’s Commission on the Dynamics of Economic Spaces (2008-10, 2014-16); Member, International Advisory Committee, Third Global Conference on Economic Geography (2011); Member, Editorial Board, The Professional Geographer (1998-2000); Member, Editorial Board, Applied Geography (2009-Present); Member, International Editorial Advisory Board, Folia Geographica (2016-Present)

Other Professional Service: Regional Editor, Regional Science Policy and Practice (2007-Present); Book Review Editor, Regional Science Policy and Practice (2017-Present); Book Review Editor, Economic Development Quarterly (2010-Present); Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education (2016-Present); Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2011-Present); Executive Board Member, Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists (2004-2009)

Professional Experience: Executive Director, North American Regional Science Council (2013-Present); Director, Jack Ford Urban Affairs Center, University of Toledo (2006-2017); Visiting Professor, Czestochowa University of Technology, Poland (2011, 2012); Director, Master of Liberal Studies Program, University of Toledo (2000-2005); Graduate Internship Director, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toledo (1999-2004)

Honors, Awards and Grants: David E. Boyce Award for Distinguished Service to Regional Science (2016); Edith Rathbun Award for Excellence in Outreach and Engagement, University of Toledo (2010); Distinguished Service Award, Association of American Geographers Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group (2009); Outstanding Researcher Award, University of Toledo (2008-2009); Master Teacher, University of Toledo (1999-2001); Fellow, University College, University of Toledo (1998); Institute of British Geographers Young Research Worker Award (1992).

Grants totaling over $6 million dollars from a variety of agencies including National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ohio Department of Development, Ohio Commission on Local Government Reform, Ohio Historical Society, and City of Toledo.

Research and Teaching Interests: I am an economic geographer. Much of my work during the last 15 years has been in the area of industrial clusters and their role in local economic development. Between 2003 and 2010, with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, I worked very closely with the northwest Ohio greenhouse industry and helped them improve their economic competiveness by implementing ideas inspired by the literature on industrial clusters. Currently, I am examining the economic geography of the rapidly growing craft brewing industry, with one of my interests being the role that craft breweries can play in the revitalization of distressed urban neighborhoods.

Publications: Published in a wide variety of journals including: Annals of the Association of American Geographers; Professional Geographer; Applied Geography; Tijdschrift voor Economische en Social Geografie; Geographical Analysis; FOCUS on Geography; Urban Geography; Economic Geography; Demography; Annals of Regional Science; Regional Science Policy and Practice; Studies in Regional Science; Economic Development Quarterly; Built Environment; Cities; Regional Studies; Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development; Journal of Applied Research in Economic Development; Economic Development Journal.


Lydia Savage

LYDIA SAVAGE. Professor and Chair, Department of Geography-Anthropology, Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine. Ph.D. Clark University 1996, M.A. Clark University 1994, B.A. University of California, Berkeley 1990.

Service to the AAG: Past QRSG Co-chair, GPOW treasurer, SGSG treasurer, member AAG Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee, AAG Publications Committee, judge for various AAG student paper awards, Maine State Representative, New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society, AAG 2008 Annual Meeting; Co-organizer 2004 Annual Meeting of the New England-St. Lawrence River Valley Geographical Society Regional Division of the Association of American Geographers. Portland, Maine.

Other Professional Service: Manuscript reviewer for Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography; Economic Geography; Environment and Planning D: Society and Space; Environment and Planning A; Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography; Human Organization: Journal of the Society for Applied Anthropology; Urban Geography; Reader, AP Human Geography Exam; Vice-President and Negotiating Team member, Associated Faculties of the University of Maine (NEA), judge, Maine State Geography Bee.

Honors, Awards and Grants: Numerous internal grants and research awards to support personal research and departmental curriculum, technology, undergraduate and faculty collaborations, programming, and undergraduate research opportunities; Co-PI, International Opportunity Fund and Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); Kathleen I. MacPherson Outstanding Feminist Faculty Award for Excellence in Feminist Scholarship, Teaching and Service; Fellow, Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Management Institute; Faculty Senate Award for Excellence in Teaching; Rissho University Faculty Exchange, Shinagawa, Japan.

Professional Experience: Professor and Chair, Department of Geography-Anthropology, Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine (2007-present), Member Women and Gender Studies Council (1996-present), Vice-President, Associated Faculties of the University of Maine (NEA), Chair (2002-2009), Associate Professor (2002-2007), Assistant Professor (1996-2002); Lecturer, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University (1995-1996).

Research and Teaching Interests, Publications and Presentations: various book chapters and articles and book reviews in the American Anthropologist, Annals of the AAG, Antipode, Environment and Planning A, Gender, Place and Culture, Geoforum, conference proceedings; invited lectures at Dartmouth, Sarah Lawrence College, Vassar College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and conference presentations at American Anthropological Association, Institute of British Geographers and AAG annual meetings, regional NESTVAL meetings.


Kristin M. Sziarto

KRISTIN M. SZIARTO. Associate Professor, Department of Geography, affiliated Urban Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (2007-present), Ph.D. (University of Minnesota, 2007), M.A. (University of Georgia, 2001), B.A. (Williams College, 1988).

Other Professional Service: Reviewer for more than 20 journals, including Environment and Planning A, Social and Cultural Geography, and the Journal of Geography in Higher Education; ad hoc reviewer of books for Oxford University Press, Wiley, and Pearson Prentice Hall; ad hoc reviewer of proposals for National Science Foundation; Chair, Undergraduate Geography Advising and Program, 2014-5 and 2016 to present; Co-organizer, IGU Gender and Geography Commission preconference, 2015; Chair, UWM College of Letters & Sciences Academic Policy and Curriculum Committee; Member, UWM Graduate Appeals Committee; Co-chair, Solidarity Committee of local chapter of AAUP.

Awards and Grants: UWM Libraries’ Fromkin Award for Research on Social Justice, 2015; UWM Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2014; UWM C21 Fellowship 2011-2012; internal grants from UWM Graduate School and UWM Center for Instructional and Professional Development.

Research and Teaching Interests, Publications, and Presentations: I am a feminist political geographer focusing on social movements, spatialities, identities, and the state, with a focus on urban social movement alliances. My earlier research looked at religion-labor alliances and immigrant activism in the U.S. Midwest. Recent research with colleagues and community partners in the Muslim Milwaukee Project attends to local Muslims’ lives and activism. My other Milwaukee-based research examines the controversies around the City’s infant mortality reduction and sexuality education programs through the lenses of biopolitics and reproductive justice. I also study teaching and learning in higher education, especially how students develop critical thinking through case studies of contentious politics at multiple scales, and emotional geographies in the material and virtual classroom. I have published articles in Environment and Planning D, Political Geography, Social and Cultural Geography, and the Journal of Geography in Higher Education.