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(one to be elected)

Amy Glasmeier

AMY KATHERINE GLASMEIER. Professor of Economic Geography and Regional Planning. Department of Urban Studies and planning. MIT. Ph. D. University of California, Berkeley. City and Regional Planning. 1986. M.A. University of California, Berkeley. City and Regional Planning.  B.A. Sonoma State University. Environmental Studies and Planning. 1978.

Service to AAG: Treasurer. American Association of Geographers. January 2010-2012. National Councilor. American Association of Geographers. January 2010-2012. Chairperson, Awards Committee, American Association of Geographers. 2006-2007. Awards Committee, American Association of Geographers. 2004-2007. Past Chair. Economic Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers. 1998–2000. Chair. Industrial Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers. 1996–1998.Vice Chair. Board of Directors. Industrial Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers. 1994–1996.

National Academy Committee. Identifying Transformative Research In The Geographical Sciences. 2013-External Reviewer. University of California, Berkeley. Department of Geography.  Spring 2007. External Reviewer, University of Idaho. Department of Geography. 2005. External Reviewer, University of Iowa, Department of Geography.  2003. External Reviewer, National University of Singapore, Department of Geography, 2002. Member, Board of Advisors, NSF sponsored the Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science. UC Santa Barbara, 2000-2002. Member, NSF review panel, Geography and Regional Science 2000-2001.

Awards: Fellow, American Association of Geographers, December 2017. The American Association of Geographers (AAG) 2014 Distinguished Scholarship Honor. Office of the Dean for Graduate Education Receipt of the Award from “Committed to Caring” campaign. March 2017 .Pennsylvania State University Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award. January 2006.The John D. Whisman Appalachian Regional Scholar. August 2005–August 2006. August 2006-2007.CIC Academic Leadership Fellow, 2000-2001.Distinguished Alumni, Sonoma State University. 1999. The John D. Whisman Appalachian Regional Scholar. August 1996–August 1998. Wilson Teaching Award. College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University. 1998.Minnie Stevens Piper National Teaching Award. School of Architecture Faculty Nominee, The University of Texas at Austin. Fall 1991. Teaching Award. School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin. 1989. Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. University of California, Berkeley. 1982. Regent’s Fellowship. University of California, Berkeley. 1981. Lula Lasker Fellowship. University of California, Berkeley. 1980.

She runs LRISA, the Lab on Regional Innovation and Spatial Analysis, in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT. Glasmeier is a founding editor of the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. Her research focuses economic opportunities for communities and individuals.  The work builds off of her long running Living Wage Calculator,, which analyzes the minimum level of income required for individuals and families to pay for basic living expenses. Professor Glasmeier holds a professional Masters and Ph.D. in Regional from UC Berkeley. A second field of expertise, Glasmeier investigates and teaches about the role of energy in human development. She is a co-PI on a four year NSF-CRISP project studying resilience and the case of catastrophic failures.  


Kent Mathewson

KENT MATHEWSON. Fred B. Kniffen Professor, Department of Geography & Anthropology, Louisiana State University. Ph.D. and M.S. (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and B.A. (Antioch College)

Service to AAG and Geography: Editor, Latin American Specialty Group Newsletter (1990-1992); Editor, Cultural Ecology Newsletter (CESG) (1990-1994); Chair, Latin American Specialty Group (1990-1992); Chair, Cultural Ecology Specialty Group (1994-1996); Book Review Editor, Annals of the Association of American Geographers (1994-1996); AAG Representative to AAAS Section H (Anthropology) (1997-Present); Member, History and Archives Committee (1999-2003, 2010-2013); Member, Scientific and Freedom and Responsibility Committee (2000-2002); AAG National Councilor (2001-2004); Member, Membership Committee (2002-2005); Member, Publications Committee (2004-2007); Chair, History of Geography Specialty Group (2006-2012); Editor-in-Chief, AAG Review of Books (2012-Present). Editorial Board of various non-AAG journals and monographs series (national and international). Editor of various special journal issues.

Awards, Honors, Grants: 1977-78 Title IV U.S., N.D.E.A. Language Training Fellowship in Brazilian Portuguese Study, U.W.-Madison; 1979-80 N.S.F. Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant; 1979-80 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program; 1981 Wenner - Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Travel & Research; 1995 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Program; 2001 Fellow, AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science); 2008 American Geographical Society Bowman Expedition; 2017 Ron Abler Service Award (AAG); various travel grants.

Research and Teaching Interests: 1) History of Geography, with particular interest in Carl Sauer and the Berkeley school, Alexander von Humboldt, and Élisée Reclus; 2) Latin America, with focus on Central America, Andean region, Brazil; 3) cultural and historical geography, with emphasis on human-environment relations.

Publications: Author/Editor/Co-Editor of books including: 1984 Irrigation Horticulture in Highland Guatemala: The Tablón System of Panajachel (Boulder: Westview Press); 1987 Prehispanic Agricultural Fields in the Andean Region (Oxford:  British Archaeological Reports, International Series, 359); 1993 Culture, Form, and Place: Essays in Cultural & Historical Geography (ed.) (Baton Rouge: Geoscience Publications); 1994 ReReading Cultural Geography (Austin:  University of Texas Press); 1996 Concepts in Human Geography (Savage, MD: Rowman and Littlefield);  2003 Culture, Land, and Legacy: Perspectives on Carl Sauer and Berkeley School Geography (Baton Rouge: Geoscience Publications);  2004 Dangerous Harvest: Drug Plants and the Transformation of Indigenous Landscapes (Oxford: Oxford University Press); 2008 Ethno- and Historical Geographic Studies in Latin America: Essays in Honor of William V. Davidson (Baton Rouge: Geoscience Publications); 2009 Carl Sauer on Culture and Landscape: Readings and Commentaries (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press). Author of various articles, book chapters, and book reviews on history of geography, Latin America, and related topics.