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AAG Honors Committee B

(two to be elected)


Michael Glass

MICHAEL GLASS. Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies, University of Pittsburgh. Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University, 2007), M.Sc. (University of Auckland, 1998), B.Sc. (University of Auckland, 1996).

Service to AAG and Geography: Secretary-Treasurer (2017-present) and President-elect (2019-2021), for the Asian Geography Specialty Group; co-organizer for the Asia Symposia at the 2016 and 2019 AAG meetings; NSF GSS ad hoc reviewer; participant in 2010 NSF-AAG Center for Global Geography Education workshop; editor of a special issue on international fieldwork for the Journal of Geography in Higher Education; peer-reviewer for several scholarly journals in geography and associated disciplines.

Honors and Awards: Tina A. and David Bellet Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh (2015). University Honors College Faculty Fellow (2015-present). Chair, Urban Affairs Association Book Award Committee (2018-2019).

Research and Teaching Interests: I am an urban geographer with research interests in city-region governance, identity, and change. Much of this research occurs in North America and Southeast Asia, where I am interested in how the political configuration of city-regions influences narratives of urban development. This research uses a combination of qualitative methods and spatial analysis, and has led to research on redlining, regionalism, and public engagement. I have also published research on field methods for geography education, with articles on global fieldwork, reflexivity, and wearable devices. My recent research includes projects on housing in Singapore and the United States, and leadership in a new global research network entitled Infrastructural Regionalisms. My teaching experience involves ten years of graduate and undergraduate instruction at the University of Pittsburgh, where I have taught on topics including housing policy, urban theory, social justice, and regional infrastructure.  

Publications: I have authored or co-authored 16 peer-reviewed articles published in such journals as Regional Studies, CITY, Professional Geographer, International Journal of Housing Policy, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Journal of Urban History, Social and Cultural Geography, and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. I am co-editor of Performativity, Politics, and the Production of Social Space (Routledge, 2014) co-author of Priced Out: Stuyvesant Town and the Loss of Middle-Class Neighborhoods (NYU Press, 2016), and have also authored several chapters and reviews. 


Ron Hagelman

RONALD R. HAGELMAN, III. Associate Professor, Texas State University; Ph.D. in Environmental Geography, Texas State University (2001); Masters of Applied Geography, Texas State University (1997); B.A. in History, University of Texas at Austin (1988)

Service to AAG and Geography: Texas Alliance for Geographic Education (TAGE), Coordinator, 2016-2017; Local Arrangements Committee Chair, 2015, SWAAG Conference, San Antonio, TX; Member, AAG Archive Committee, 04/2015 - 04/2017; Member, AAG Executive Director Evaluation Committee, 2014-2105; AAG Council Liaison to Archive Committee, 2014-2015; AAG Committee on Committees, 2014-2015; Chair, AAG Regional Councilors, 2014-2015; SWAAG Regional Councilor, 2012-2015; AAG Enhancing Diversity Committee, 2012-2013; Faculty Director, AAG Hazards, Risk, and Disaster (HRDSG) Specialty Group, 2010-2012; Chair, Hazards, Risk, and Disaster (HRDSG) Specialty Group, 2007-2009; Local Arrangements Committee, 2008, SWAAG Conference, San Marcos, TX; Faculty Director, Hazards Specialty Group, 2005-2006, AAG; Local Arrangements Committee, 2003, AAG Conference, New Orleans, LA; Reviewer for the Annals of American Association of Geographers 

Research and Teaching Interests: I am a human-environment geographer focused on hazards, disasters and urban environmental management. I am particularly interested in the ways in which environmental disasters and environmental management policies drive socio-spatial outcomes in urban space. Disasters force individual and group decision-making and represent turning points that lead to rapid, often loosely regulated, redevelopment of urban landscapes. In turn, these rapid changes can quickly alter patterns of social and environmental equity, resilience/sustainability, and local/regional development. I believe that by building on the rich research traditions of hazards geography and leveraging contemporary mixed-methods informed by robust and evolving theoretical frameworks, we have the ability to help alleviate much of the human and environmental toll of natural disasters.. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental hazards, urban environment, land management, research methods and urban geography. Whenever possible, I incorporate service-learning and public engagement projects that allow both undergraduate and graduate students to learn about geography and the environment through meaningful public engagement with local government entities and community organizations. During my time at Texas State University, I have also been fortunate to have the opportunity to advise a number of graduate students, including many Ph.D. graduates who have found their own success in both industry and academia. Together, we have completed numerous research projects focused on applied environmental research and multiple organized classes and student field trips leveraging the power of community service-learning and public engagement.

Publications: My publications include a recently coauthored text with Guilford Publishing, Natural Hazards: Explanation and Integration (2nd Edition), refereed book chapters on topics ranging from flood disaster reconstruction to local/urban food production, and refereed articles on topics including disaster reconstruction, environmental hazards, international humanitarian aid, urban sustainability, urban redevelopment/gentrification. I have published in The Professional Geographer, Urban Geography, Applied Geography, Environmental Hazards, Journal of Coastal Research, Geoinformatica, Natural Hazards Review, Southeastern Geographer, and Disaster Prevention and Management among others. Current publishing projects include ongoing research on business recovery and reconstruction following Hurricane Harvey, urban sustainability metrics, critical analysis of disaster research methodologies, K-12 environmental education, and graduate service learning models. 


Andrew Sluyter

ANDREW SLUYTER. Professor of Geography, Louisiana State University. Ph.D. in Geography (The University of Texas at Austin, 1995); M.A. in Geography (The University of British Columbia, 1990); B.A. in Geography (The University of British Columbia, 1987).

Service to AAG and Geography: Member of the AAG Publications Committee (2006-2009) and Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee (1999-2000 and 2017-2018); Chair of the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group (2000-2002); Executive director of the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (2015-2017); Research Committee Alternate, US National Section, Pan-American Institute of Geography and History (since 2006); Associate Editor of the Geographical Review (2007-2012) and the Journal of Latin American Geography (2006-2008); Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Historical Geography (since 2016); Series Co-Editor of Springer-Nature Latin American Studies (since 2016) and Springer Briefs in Latin American Studies (since 2015).

Honors and Awards: John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize, American Association of Geographers (2015); Digital Innovation Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies (2012); Carl O. Sauer Distinguished Scholarship Award, Conference of Latin American Geography (2017); James M. Blaut Award in Recognition of Innovative Scholarship, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers (2004); Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Department of Geography and the Environment, the University of Texas at Austin (1995).

Research and Teaching Interests: Research and teaching programs concern the causes and consequences of land-use transformations in Latin America and the Caribbean during the Holocene; historical political ecology; human migration; landscape; and place. Various funders have supported that effort, including the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, American Council of Learned Societies, AAG, National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and LSU. Teaching has involved more than a hundred courses on those topics, from large introductory lectures to graduate seminars; and a dozen PhD students who have won Fulbright-Hays, Nystrom, and other awards; are highly diverse in terms of gender, ethnicity, and class; and have secured faculty positions. Popular media accounts of that research have appeared in The Guardian, The Financial TimesLouisiana Cultural VistasThe Advocate (Baton Rouge), CNN, and elsewhere.

Publications and Presentations: More than a hundred publications report on that research, including three research monographs (Black Ranching Frontiers: African Cattle Herders of the Atlantic World, 1500-1900, Yale University Press, 2012; Colonialism and Landscape: Postcolonial Theory and Applications, Rowman and Littlefield, 2002; Hispanic and Latino New Orleans: Immigration and Identity since the Eighteenth Century, LSU Press, 2015); thirty-three book chapters and peer reviewed journal articles in leading disciplinary journals such as the Annals of the AAG (1994, 1999, 2001) and the Journal of Historical Geography (2009, 2011); major interdisciplinary journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2006) and Environmental History (1998); and key regional journals such as the Latin American Research Review (2010), Latin American Antiquity (1992), and the Journal of Latin American Geography (2007); two special issues in the Geographical Review (2006) and Agriculture and Human Values (2004); and many additional, non-refereed book reviews, encyclopedia articles, and essays such as invited opinion pieces and commentaries for the Annals of the AAG (1997), Environmental History (2005), and Progress in Human Geography (2010). More than a hundred presentations also report on that research, including at an average of two professional conferences each year, invited seminars at the University of California at Los Angeles (1999), Cambridge University (2006), Tulane University (2016, 2017), and elsewhere; and meeting organization activities that include many special sessions, a major symposium at the International Congress of Americanists in Warsaw in 2000, and the entire Conference of Latin American Geography in New Orleans in 2017.

(Photo by Andrew's wife, Carina Giusti Sluyter, after they finished the Doc’s Dash 5K Run on September 26, 2015.)