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(two to be elected)

Pablo S. Bose photoPABLO S. BOSE. Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Vermont. Ph.D. (Environmental Studies), York University, 2006, M.A. (Communications), Simon Fraser University, 2000. B.A. (English), University of British Columbia, 1995. Email: pbose@uvm.edu

Professional Experience: Assistant to Associate Professor of Geography, University of Vermont (2008-). Director of Global and Regional Studies Program (2015-). Provost’s Faculty Fellow for General Education (2020-). Provost’s Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion (2018-2020). Chair, Diversity Curriculum Review Committee (2017-).

Research, Advising, Teaching: My research interests include refugee resettlement, environmentally-induced displacement, South Asian culture and history, the politics of food, and urban and regional development especially in the Global South. I have written 35 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, edited two special issues, given 25 invited lectures and presentations and authored, co-authored or edited 3 books. These include Urban development in India: Global Indians in the remaking of Kolkata (2015) and Refugees in new destinations and small cities: Resettlement in Vermont. I have received external funding from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the NSF, the Canadian Embassy, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Located in an undergraduate-only department, I am or have been the principal adviser of 31 honors theses and also work with graduate students across disciplines in Food Systems, Natural Resources, Education, Psychology and Public Administration. I teach courses on many different aspects of geography and regional studies from the introductory to the advanced undergraduate levels.

Service to Geography: Much of my involvement with the AAG has been through specialty groups, especially the Urban Geography Specialty group on which I have been a board member (2009-2011) and twice served as Treasurer (2014-2017 and again in 2019-2022). I was a member of the J. Warren Nystrom Award Review Committee in 2020. I have also served as a panelist for the NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (2016-2018) as well as for the USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive competition in 2015 and 2020. I have also served as an ad-hoc reviewer for the NSF, SSHRC, and multiple publishers and journals. In 2012 I was one of the participants in the AAG Center for Global Geography Workshop series entitled “Internationalizing Geography Education: A Focus on India and South Asia” in Bangalore and helped to develop teaching modules on the region.

Editorial Experience: I serve as part of the editorial team for Urban Geography, with responsibility for the series “Urban Pulse” that focuses on the work of emerging and established scholars especially in/on cities of the Global South.

Awards and Honors: Finalist, Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award, Campus Compact (2019). Winner, Dissertation Award, Urban Geography Specialty Group, AAG.

Public Engagement: Member, Public Works Commission, City of Burlington (2019-). Member, Community Advisory Board, Community Justice Center, City of Burlington (2018-). Member, Brownfields Advisory Committee, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (2012-). Member, Board of Commissioners and Chair, Strategy Committee, Chittenden County Transportation Authority (2014-2016). Member, Board of Commissioners, Burlington Housing Authority (2013-2016). Public Investment Review Committee, Waterfront Tax Increment Financing Plan, City of Burlington (2013-2014). Advisory Committee, Uncommon Alliance to Dismantle Racial and Ethnic Profiling, Chittenden County (2007-2012).

Statement: My background, training and inclination is interdisciplinary and this is what has made geography such a good home for me personally and professionally. I have been attending AAG conferences as well as regional meetings, workshops and specialty group conferences in geography since 2005. I have benefited from excellent mentorship and support within my department and guidance from colleagues across the discipline as I have made my own way through this field and academia in general. I am thus keenly aware of the importance of solidarity and support in the continued development of geography for undergraduate and graduate students, for the communities and institutions in which we work and for ourselves as geographers within and outside of academia. I place the question of what we do and why at the heart of my own research, teaching and service, like so many in our profession. Such a focus on praxis seems especially important as we grapple with so much uncertainty and change both in the immediate future and the long term. It has become a well-worn cliché that the pandemic does not create a crisis so much as it exposes and intensifies existing inequities but it does not make it any less true.

My main objectives as an AAG councilor would be to work on pressing and timely issues that I believe fundamentally affect our future as a discipline. In particular, I am interested in the question of equity and justice within geography. This includes the subjects that we study (and are funded), the topics that we teach, the research that is published, the composition of our departments and programs and our leadership – and conversely all that is marginalized or left underrepresented. We have seen this past summer a rush towards a kind of racial reckoning and yet it remains to be seen whether declarations and good intentions are reflexive and performative or rather suggest a deeper engagement with these issues. It is the latter that I wish to work on.

I am also keenly aware of the ways in which so much of the crucial work that geographers do remains under assault. The denial or delegitimization of climate science, of census data, of particular urban or environmental projects, and many other critical fields is of growing concern. In my own work I have seen the disappearance of city-level refugee resettlement data by federal agencies after its regular publication in the decade prior – the absence of such numbers leaves major gaps in our understanding of important settlement patterns. It is thus important for the AAG to continue its advocacy on behalf of members and the discipline to gain access to necessary data and to be able to disseminate results without being politicized or undermined.

Also under threat in an uncertain pandemic/post-pandemic environment is academia itself; the changing landscape of state and private funding may mean particular and perhaps even existential threats to many geography departments. We are all keenly aware of the long-standing concerns with declining enrollments and closures or consolidations of geography departments, yet what will the future hold with tighter budgets and the impacts of COVID-19 increasingly affecting our institutions?  It is important for the AAG to strategize how it will support members and departments as we navigate this future.

Finally, I would like to participate in conversations about how the AAG’s annual conference can be made more accessible and useful for participants, especially graduate students. I have attended as many of these conferences as I can and have enjoyed them yet often feel that they are more bloated and overwhelming than they need be. The AAG has made many changes and tweaks over the years to improve them yet they remain in many ways unaffordable and inaccessible even for many regular participants. The virtual nature of the pandemic conferences across many fields surely call into question many of our existing practices and also provide an opportunity to rethink what these conferences are meant to do and what they potentially can do.

Thank you for your consideration.


Chansheng He photoCHANSHENG HE. Professor of geography, Western Michigan University. Ph.D. in Resource Development, with minor in Systems Science, Michigan State University (1992); M.S. in Agricultural Zoning and Natural Resources Management (1985), and B.S. in Agronomy (1982), Northwestern Agricultural University, China.

Service to Geography and the AAG: AAG Awards Committee (member, 2020-2023), AAG Publications Committee (member, 2011-2014), Chair (2008-2010), Secretary-Treasurer (2006-2008), Executive Board (2004-2006), and Member, Award Committee (2003-2004) of the AAG Water Resources Specialty Group. Fulbright Specialist Program Environmental Science Peer Review Committee (2010-2014), and member (2011-) and Vice Chair (2016-2020) of Steering Committee of Commission for Water Sustainability, International Geographical Union (IGU).

Editorial Boards: Science China Earth Sciences(Springer); Ecosystem Health and Sustainability (Taylor & Francis); Geography and Sustainability (Elsevier). Guest editor for special issues of Science China Earth Sciences,Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, and Advances in Meteorology

Other Services: Western Michigan University Provost Search Committee (2017-2018); Western Michigan University Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award Committee, member (2016-) and Chair (2019-).

Grants: Served as PI and CO-PIonmultiple grants from NSF, NOAA, EPA, USGS, and USDA.

Awards and Honors: Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2019); Western Michigan University Distinguished Faculty Scholar (2015); Fulbright Senior Specialist Awards (2009 and 2015); Western Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Achievement Award in Research and Creative Activity (2007); U.S. National Research Council /NOAA Senior Research Associateship Award (2001); and best student paper of American Water Resources Association (1991).

Research: My research focuses on watershed hydrology, hydrological modeling, watershed science, soil hydrological processes, nonpoint source pollution, and comparative analysis of Sino-U.S. water resource policies. The ArcView Nonpoint Source Pollution Modeling (AVNPSM) software I developed for hydrological and nonpoint source pollution modeling has been applied in 12 countries. The Distributed Large Basin Runoff Model (DLBRM), developed in collaboration with the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory has been successfully applied to over 40 North America's Great Lakes watersheds, and watersheds in Northwest China and other countries. I developed methods for quantifying the impacts of soil heterogeneity on watershed hydrological processes, and proposed an analytical framework for analysis of land use/land cover change effects on both regional water cycle and feedback to regional climate.

Publications: I have published over 110 peer-reviewed articles (75 of those are SCI articles) in leading national and international journals such as Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Journal of Hydrology, Science of the Total Environment, Environmental Modeling and Software, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmosphere, Progress in Physical Geography, Geographical Analysis, and authored/co-authored 10 books.

Statement: My academic background includes agronomy and natural resource management, with a major focus on water resources management. Climate, soil, water, vegetation, and human activities are intertwined to form the connections for human and natural system. Understanding and in turn managing such systems require interactions of natural, biological and human sciences. After completing my Ph.D. at Michigan State University, I became fully engaged in geographic science as a career choice.  Geography has been the major focus of scholarship during my post doctorate years in academia. I became a member of AAG in 1995. During my professional career in geography, I have collaborated and interacted with geographers across the world, and increasingly appreciate the leadership potential of AAG in global issues and in the global geographic community. The AAG annual conference is the largest academic geographic conference in the world, attracting thousands of geographers and nongeographers from over 120 countries. I have engaged in and benefited enormously through my interactions with participants both during and following the conferences. I have actively encouraged international colleagues and students to participate in the AAG, helping them to prepare scholarly submissions to the program and attaining financial assistance to attend.

As I get more engaged with international research collaborations, I realize there are additional ways for AAG to expand global participation. For a considerable time, AAG has actively encouraged members to participate in IGU Congresses and to support international geographers to attend AAG meetings. Other initiatives to enhance the leadership role of AAG could include  the following:

  1. AAG can strengthen its global leadership role through collaboration on research projects that extend for lengthy periods of time. These would include projects that address spatial research issues with connections to social needs.
  2. AAG should identify and nominate members to serve on key committees, agencies, and commissions internationally. The goal would be to increase U.S. geographic membership on those specific groups.
  3. AAG should serve as a clearing house that, when requested, would identify, facilitate, and evaluate geographic research and education programs as the components necessary for attaining high levels of academic expertise and making contributions to solving global issues. This is done currently on a less formal departmental evaluation visit by AAG or departmental invitation. This could entail a more systematic type of accreditation within the academic community. I am greatly honored to be nominated for election as a national councilor, and will work hard to promote and strengthen the leadership role of AAG in international geographic arena if elected.

Jay T. Johnson photoJAY T. JOHNSON. Professor and Associate Chair of Geography & Atmospheric Science, University of Kansas. Ph.D. in Geography, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2003; M.S.W. in Medical Social Work, 1991; and B.A. in History, University of Kansas, 1987.

Professional Experience: Assistant to Full Professor of Geography and Adjunct Assistant to Full Professor of Indigenous Studies, University of Kansas (2008-present). Director of the Center for Indigenous Research, Science, and Technology (2012-present). Associate Chair of Geography & Atmospheric Science (2015-present). Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2006-2008). Lecturer, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2004-2006).

Service to Geography: Chair 2004-2008, Secretary 2010-2012, and Board Member 2002-2004 of the Indigenous Peoples’ Specialty Group of the AAG. Inaugural Chair 2006-2010 and Steering Committee Member 2010-2016, of the Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledges and Rights Commission of the International Geographical Union. Organizer of a joint meeting between the Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledges and Rights Commission, Indigenous Peoples’ Specialty Group (AAG), and the Indigenous Peoples’ Working Group (CAG), Plymouth, Massachusetts 2008.

Other Professional Service: Co-Director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Institute summer internship program aimed at preparing American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students for graduate study in STEM disciplines, 2012-present. Judging panel for student poster competition, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, 2011-2013. Mentor, Māori and Indigenous Graduate Student National (NZ) Programme, Te Tapuae o Rehua, 2004-2005. Editorial board, Journal of Historical Geography, 2006-2010; Human Geography Journal, 2009-present.

Honors, Awards and Grants: Docking Faculty Scholar, University of Kansas Provost Office, 2016-18; AAG Enhancing Diversity Award, 2014; Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2007; H. J. Wiens Memorial Dissertation Award, University of Hawai‘i - Mānoa, 2004. I have served as the Principal Investigator on four NSF grants since 2011 and have another NSF proposal currently under review. I also led an American Council of Learned Societies Collaborative Research Fellowship with Soren Larsen, 2014-2015.

Research and Teaching Interests: Indigenous geographies; politics of place; environmental activism; Indigenous peoples’ research leadership; utilizing traditional ecological knowledge to sustain resilient landscapes.

Recent Publications: I have published in a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary outlets including; Progress in Human Geography, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Journal of Cultural Geography, GeoJournal, Geographical Research, ACME, Sustainability Science, and American Indian Culture and Research Journal. I have co-edited four journal special editions along with the book, A Deeper Sense of Place: Stories and Journeys of Collaboration in Indigenous Research, in 2013 with Soren C. Larsen. In 2017, Soren Larsen and I co-authored the book, Being Together in Place: Indigenous Coexistence in a More Than Human World with the University of Minnesota Press. I am currently co-editing a volume for Zed Press entitled, Indigenous Research Sovereignty.

Statement: I am committed to building an anti-racist geography and to aid as many Black, brown, and Indigenous students to find a home within our discipline. Through my collaborations with Haskell Indian Nations University and the Haskell GIS Lab over the past 12 years, I have supported and mentored 16 American Indian and Alaska Native students during and through their graduate degrees in geography. I believe that the AAG is well-positioned to aid Black, brown, and Indigenous students through an anti-racist and anti-colonial commitment. The AAG’s endorsement of the Call to Action for an Anti-Racist Science Community from Geoscientists of Color is an acknowledgment of the importance of such a commitment. Recent efforts to foreground diversity and inclusion are a step in the right direction, as are including leaders from the specialty groups that represent Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Queer, Trans, and disabled geographers in developing this strategy. More is required of all of us, however, so if elected to the AAG’s National Council I would bring three items to my agenda as a member:

  1. I would initiate an effort to identify geography programs in a wide range of minority serving institutions including Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Tribal Colleges and Universities. Between 7-10% of Black, brown, and Indigenous undergraduates are studying at a minority serving institution. If geography hopes to diversify our ranks, providing support to these institutions is one place to start.

  2. I would support enhanced funding for diversity and inclusion projects within the Association. As the AAG continues to develop its strategy to ensure equity with the discipline, the input of the membership, particularly members from underrepresented populations, needs to be heard. The Association should provide additional support to the Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Queer and Trans, and Disability specialty groups for their efforts in developing this agenda.

  3. This is not a time to be silent and our Association needs to take the lead in speaking out against racism within our society and discipline. To support such an effort, I would organize regular anti-racist programming at regional and national conferences. Together we can create a more inclusive and welcoming Association.


Adam M. Romero photoADAM M. ROMERO. Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell. Ph.D. Geography, University of California, Berkeley. M.S. Environmental Science and Policy, University of Oxford. B.A. Biology and Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. Email: adrom@uw.edu

Professional Experience: Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell (2016-present) Adjunct Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Washington Seattle (2017-present). C3 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Williams College (2015-2016)

Awards and Honors: American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship; Vernon Carstensen Memorial Award, Agricultural History Society; Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of California Office of the President; Bancroft Library Fellowship, University of California Berkeley

Research and Teaching: My research and teaching focus mainly on agriculture, chemicals, and geography. Most of the classes I teach are about the history and geography of food and agriculture. I also teach Science and Technology Studies (STS) classes such as the History of Time and Animals, Plants, Technology. My current research focuses on the co-development of U.S. agriculture and the chemical industry prior to 1945. A book based on this research called Economic Poisoning: Industrial Waste and the Chemicalization of American Agriculture will be published next year by University of California Press. My work can also be found in Agricultural History, GeoHumanities, Agriculture and Human Values, and California History.

Statement: I, like many, came to geography late in my academic career. At the time I was a practicing environmental scientist who was asking too many questions about the political economy of the systems that I studied. I felt intellectually isolated, but finding geography changed all that. What I truly appreciated about geography was that it was a discipline where I could ask the types of questions that mattered to me, questions that that didn’t premise a separation between a natural and a social world. I think that many young scholars approach their research and teaching in a similar manner. I hope to represent this new generation of scholars that sees geography as a place to continue to move beyond formulaic notions of disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship.


E. Edna Wangui photoE. EDNA WANGUI. Associate Professor of Geography, Ohio University. Ph.D. Michigan State University (Geography); M.Sc. Ghent University, Belgium (Eremology); Graduate Diploma National Institute of Space Research, S.J. Campos, Brazil (Remote Sensing); B.Ed.Sc Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya (Geography, Mathematics). Email: wangui@ohio.edu; Twitter: @WanguiEE

Professional Experience: Associate Professor of Geography, Ohio University (2013-present); Fulbright Scholar at the Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation, University of Nairobi (2018-2019); Director of Global Studies Undergraduate Programs, Ohio University (2019-present); Director of Studies, Honors Tutorial College Geography Program, Ohio University (2019-present); Interim Director, International Development Studies Program, Ohio University (2017); Visiting Scientist, International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya (2004, 2008-2011); Assistant Professor of Geography, Ohio University (2006-2016); Assistant Professor of Geography and Human Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University (2003-2006).

Research, Advising and Teaching: My research and teaching broadly center on the intersections of gender, environment and development. In the past two decades my research has focused on how gender and other markers of difference intersect to influence access and control of assets critical for rural livelihoods in East Africa. I have worked with pastoralists and farming communities in both Kenya and Tanzania. I have published more than 30 articles and book chapters. These have appeared in The Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Agriculture and Human Values, Human Ecology, Field Methods, Qualitative Health Research, Geoforum, African Geographical Review, Journal of Geography, Climate and Development, Ambio, Azania, and others. I have directed 44 masters and undergraduate thesis/projects, and served on over 100 dissertation and masters committees. I teach courses in globalization, the developing world, gender and environment at all levels of the curriculum. 

Service to Geography: My most impactful service to geography has been internationalizing the discipline. This is evident in the curriculum that I have developed in my home institutions, as well as my service on university special committees charged with enhancing global education, diversity, partnerships, research and creativity. It is also evident in my role in recruiting and training international graduate students and publicizing the discipline in Kenya. I have reviewed articles for publication in geographic journals, chaired sessions at annual meetings and served as a reviewer of NSF Geography and Regional Science proposals. I also serve on the Editorial Review Board of Agriculture and Human Values, an interdisciplinary journal that publishes the work of geographers. I have played a key role in formal and informal mentoring of geography undergraduate and masters students as well as junior faculty members.

Awards and Honors: Honors Tutorial College Distinguished Mentor, Ohio University (2018); The Women’s Center Outstanding Female Mentor Award, Ohio University (2018); African Students Union Outstanding Faculty, Ohio University (2018); University Professor Award, Ohio University (2017); Faculty Award for Excellence in Global Engagement, Ohio University (2016); Jeanette G. Grasselli Brown Faculty Teaching Award in the Social Sciences, Ohio University (2012).

Statement: The AAG is committed to diversifying the discipline including the makeup of our faculty and student communities. We need to support departments that revisit and renew approaches to recruiting, mentoring and retaining students from underrepresented groups. This needs to include concerted efforts to recruit international students, BIPOC and students from underserved regions of the U.S. such as Appalachia. Including these diverse perspectives in geography classrooms can contribute to new regional and national discussions on social equity, environmental sustainability and their interconnections. Furthermore, we need to do a better job working across disciplines in ways that are mutually enriching so that geography becomes a more powerful voice for the value of liberal arts education. For example, retaining a diversity of language offerings should be an important concern that links geographers and other disciplines that historically contributed to area studies. We should find common cause with our colleagues in other disciplines to address new challenges in the rapidly changing higher education landscape.