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Nominating Committee

(three to be elected)

Kate A. Berry

KATE A. BERRY, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Nevada, Reno. Ph.D. (University of Colorado, Boulder), M.S. (Colorado State University), B.S. (Northern Arizona University).

Service to AAG and Geography: Chair, Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (APCG) Indigenous Student Travel Scholarship (since 2009); Chair, APCG Distinguished Service Committee (2019); Member, AAG project on Catalyzing Research on Geographies of Broadening Participation (2012); Chair, APCG Nominating Committee (2008-09); University Team Lead, AAG project on Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education in Geography (EDGE) project (2007); President, APCG (2006-07); Vice President, APCG (2005-2006); Chair, APCG Membership Committee (2004-05); Co-chair, AAG Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group (2002-04); Member, AAG Nystrom Committee (1997-98); Board of Directors member, AAG American Indian Specialty Group (1995-99); Board of Director member, AAG American Ethnic Specialty Group (1996-98); Review Team Member, AAG project on Human Dimensions of Global Change Curriculum (1996).

Awards, Honors, Grants: Chair, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research’s International Advisory Committee on the Program, Conflict & Cooperation in Natural Resource Management in Developing Countries (2009-2018); Distinguished Service Award, Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (2018); Thornton Peace Prize (2018); Fulbright Research Fellowship (2007-2008); John Randolph & Dora Haynes Foundation & Huntington Library Fellowship (1998); Research grants from the National Science Foundation, USAID, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Small Business Administration, and Hewlett Foundation.

Research and Teaching Interests: Water governance analyses; geographies of social identity; Indigenous geographies; cultural politics of water; law and geography; environmental justice; geographies of racialization; critical analyses of participatory environmental governance.

Publications: Author or co-author of over 70 journal articles and book chapters and (co) editor of two books. Publication venues include: Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Water, Ecology & Society, Water Alternatives, Geographical Review, Regions & Cohesion, Water History, Society & Natural Resources, Human Geography, Science of the Total Environment, AAG Review of Books, Social & Cultural Geography, Yearbook of the APCG, American Indian Culture & Research Journal, Applied Geography, Professional Geographer, and Natural Resources Journal. 


Aileen Buckley

AILEEN BUCKLEY. Research Cartographer and Senior Product Engineer, Esri and Adjunct Professor, Department of Geographic Information Science, University of Redlands. Ph.D. (Oregon State University), M.A. (Indiana University), and B.A. (Valparaiso University).

Service to AAG and Geography: I have long served our profession through my involvement in many professional societies. I have been a member of the AAG since 1987, and I served on the boards of both the Cartography and Geographic Information Systems and Science Specialty Groups. I was a member of the team that initiated the first edition of the Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge, which AAG published in 2006, and I am a contributor to the second edition of this work. I have been a member of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) since 1987, serving on its board from 2001–2009 and as president from 2007–2009. I am chair of the U.S. National Committee for the International Cartographic Association (ICA), and I am the lead delegate form the U.S. to the ICA. I was a co-organizer of the 2017 International Cartographic Conference, and I am currently chair of the AutoCarto 2020 research symposium. In lesser capacities, I have also been served UCGIS, NACIS, APSRS, and national cartographic associations in other countries.

Honors, Awards, Grants: Honors for service to organizations include the ICA Diploma for Outstanding Service (2017) and CaGIS Award of Appreciation (2012). Awards for cartographic works include the AAG Globe Award (2003); ICA Award for Excellence in Cartography, Multimedia category (2003); CaGIS Map Design Competition, Best of Show and Best Book/Atlas categories (2002 and 2001); and Publishers Marketing Association Franklin Award, (2002). I have received research grants from the National Science Foundation, Northwest Academic Computing Consortium, University of Oregon, and Intergraph.

Research and Teaching Interests: I’m interested in cartographic theory and design and the fusion of cartography and geographic information science and technology. I primarily express this by developing and sharing best practices in cartography through publications, presentations, workshops, and courses. At Esri, I also managed Mapping Center, a website that served Esri mapping professionals for over five years.

Publications: I am an author of the past three editions of Map Use: Reading Analysis, Interpretation (Esri Press, 2009, 2012, 2016), now in its eighth edition. I am also an author of the award-winning Atlas of Oregon (University of Oregon Press, 2001, and CD-ROM, 2002). Over 50 publications in both peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed venues focus on issues of cartographic design, the use of GIS in cartography, ethics in cartographic practice, and theoretical discussions about future developments in cartography and GIS. Journals in which I have published include the International Journal of Cartography, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, and Cartographic Perspectives. I have also authored over 100 blog posts, numerous book chapters, many papers in conference proceedings, and over 25 articles in Esri publications. In addition, I have published over 100 maps in various venues, including the National Geographic Atlas of the World.


Becky Mansfield

BECKY MANSFIELD. Professor, Department of Geography, Ohio State University. Ph.D. and M.S. (University of Oregon) and B.A. with Honors (University of California, Santa Cruz).

Service to AAG and Geography: AAG Research Grants Committee (2006-2009), Board Member of the Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group of the AAG (2009-2011), Board Member of the Economic Geography Specialty Group of the AAG (2006-2008), Board Member of the Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group of the AAG (2004-2006), Nominating Committee of the Economic Geography Specialty Group of the AAG (2003-2004), Editorial Board, Professional Geographer (2019-present), Editorial Board, Cultural Geographies (2006-present), Editorial Board, Social and Cultural Geography (2011-2019), Editorial Board, Annals of the AAG (2007-2015), Editorial Board, Environment and Planning A (2006-2009), Advisory Board, Critical Environments book series for University of California Press (2013-present).

Awards, Honors, Grants: Joan N. Huber Faculty Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences, Ohio State University (2017), Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor, Ohio State University (2010). Research grants from the National Science Foundation (Geography and Spatial Sciences and Dynamics of Coupled Natural-Human Systems programs).

Research and Teaching Interests: (1) Nature-society geography, political ecology, and science studies with a focus on: knowledge about environmental chemicals and their effects, the politics of deregulation, and implications for health inequalities and environmental justice; political economy of nature, neoliberal natures, and global environmentalism; and environmental data justice. (2) Issues affecting equity and diversity in academia, and particularly in geography, including sexual harassment and mentoring practices.

Publications: I have authored and co-authored over fifty scholarly articles and chapters. Recent venues include Annals of the AAG; Acme; Cultural Geographies; Environment and Planning D; Environment and Planning E; Gender, Place, and Culture; Geoforum; GeoHumanities; Human Geography; Information, Communication & Society; and Science as Culture. I also have co-authored reports with the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative. 


Elisabeth D. Root

ELISABETH D. ROOT. Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Division of Epidemiology, The Ohio State University. Ph.D. (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill), M.A. (University of Maryland College Park, and B.A. (Pomona College).

Service to AAG and Geography. Member, Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, AAG (2010-2013); Member, Geographic Sciences Committee, National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (2020-2023).

Honors, Awards and Grants. Emerging Scholar Award, Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, AAG (2015); RWJ Health and Society Scholar Fellowship (2009); NSF IGERT Fellowship (2007-2009); Over 20 extramurally funded research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NICHD, NIDA, NIMH, NIA), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Ohio Departments of Health and Medicaid.

Research and Teaching Interests. Multidisciplinary and cross-cutting research at the intersection of public health and geography. 1) Social determinants of health, and the ways in which population and environmental factors jointly impact human health and well-being, 2) Community-level factors which impact maternal and child health with a focus on maternal opioid misuse, and 3) The evaluation of “place-based” health interventions using geospatial analysis, Geographic Information Systems, and large administrative data sources.

Publications: Co-author of Health and Medical Geography (2019) and chapters in Ecologies and Politics of Health (2012), Geospatial Analysis of Environmental Health (2011), and A Companion to Health & Medical Geography (2010). Author/co-author of 45 journal articles in publication venues such as: Social Science and Medicine, Health and Place, International Journal of Health Geographics, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, PNAS, Environmental Health Perspectives, JAMA Network Open, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Hospital Infection, International Journal of Epidemiology, American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Journal of Global Health, Environmental Research, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Landscape and Urban Planning, Demography, and Demographic Research.


Kathy Sherman-Morris

KATHY SHERMAN-MORRIS. Professor, Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State University. Ph.D. (Florida State University), M.S. (Mississippi State University), and B.S.Ed. (Mansfield University). 

Service to AAG and Geography: Member, AAG Committee on the Status of Women in Geography (2019-2022); Member, AAG Enhancing Diversity Committee (2012-2014); Student Director, Academic Director, Vice President, and President of the Environmental Perception and Behavioral Geography Specialty Group of the AAG (2002-2012); secretary (2014-2016) and representative for the state of Mississippi (2010-2012) for the Southeastern Division of the AAG; Member, Mississippi Geographic Alliance Advisory Council (2016-2018); and Faculty Advisor for Gamma Theta Upsilon, Mu Eta Chapter (2011-present).

Awards, Honors, Grants: University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Excellence in Teaching Award (2019); UPCEA South Region Continuing Education Faculty Award (2018); Dean’s Eminent Scholar (2016); I have also received and led grants from the National Science Foundation and NOAA.

Research and Teaching Interests: My research concentrates primarily on the communication of weather information, risk perception and the individual level responses to extreme weather events. I have also conducted research related to enhancing diversity in the geosciences. I most often teach subjects that focus on the intersection of human and social systems with weather, climate and extreme events such as applied climatology and hazards. 

Publications: I have published in various journals including Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Environmental Hazards, The Florida Geographer, Geography Compass, International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, Journal of Emergency Management, Journal of Geoscience Education, Journal of Operational Meteorology, National Weather Digest, Natural Hazards, The Professional Geographer, Risk Analysis, The Science Educator, Southeastern Geographer, Tech Trends, and Weather, Climate and Society.


Daoqin Tong

DAOQIN TONG. Associate Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University. Ph.D. and M.S. (The Ohio State University) and B.S. (University of Shanghai for Science and Technology).

Service to AAG and Geography: Member of the Board of Directors, AAG Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SAM) Specialty Group (2016-2019); Member, AAG SAM Student Award Committee (2012); AAG Session Organizer (2009-2019); Member of the Editorial Board, Geographical Analysis (2016- )and International Regional Science Review (2017- ); Associate Editor, Annals of Regional Science (2018- ) and Computer, Environment and Urban Systems (2019- ).

Awards, Honors, and Grants: Geoffrey J.D. Hewings Young Scholar Award, North American Regional Science Council (2016); Knowledge Exchange for Resilience Fellow, Arizona State University (2019); Udall Center Fellow, University of Arizona (2016), IGU Travel Award, NSF AAG (2016); Have worked as PI and co-PI on several projects funded by NSF, DOD, and DOT to examine spatial data analytics and applications.

Research and Teaching Interests: spatial data analytics, spatial optimization, and geographic information science to support urban system design and operation: (1) location analysis and modeling; (2) precincting and political redistricting; (3) spatial data uncertainty; (4) food access; (5) mobility. Have taught a range of classes, including GIS, spatial data analysis, spatial optimization, transportation, and geostatistics.

Publications: Author and co-author of over 50 journal publications and book chapters. Publication venues include: Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Journal of Transport Geography, Environment and Planning B, Geographical Analysis, The Professional Geographer, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, The Professional Geographer, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Papers in Regional Science, Journal of Geographical Systems.