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Meet Your Regional Division Councilors

The AAG is organized into nine regional divisions representing different regions of the United States. The regional divisions promote the objectives of the association through meetings and activities in their respective areas. Each region is represented by a councilor who focuses on membership at a more local level, while coordinating activities with the AAG council and national office. They are elected to serve for three years. Take a moment to find out more about your current regional division councilor.

East Lakes

Karen Johnson-WebbDr. Karen D. Johnson-Webb is Associate Professor of Geography at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, OH. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in Geography at Michigan State University. She earned a Ph.D. in Geography at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. At BGSU Karen teaches a variety of courses in Human Geography, but the two of which she is most proud are Global Plagues and Pestilence and the Geography of Health and Climate Change. Her research interests are focused on the intersections of structural racism and black infant mortality in Ohio. Karen is also AAG Council Secretary and her service as the ELDAAG Councilor will run through 2021.

To connect, you can reach her at kdjohn@bgsu.edu.


Great Plains/Rocky Mountain

Shannon O’LearDr. Shannon O’Lear is a political geographer with interests in environmental geopolitics, critical geopolitics, the South Caucasus, and Science and Technology Studies. An overarching objective of her work is to apply a critical, spatial awareness to bring new insights to bear on dominant understandings of human-environment relationships. She is currently finishing work on an edited book project for Edward Elgar’s Research Agenda series focused on geographies of slow violence, and she is serving as Director of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Kansas. Dr. O’Lear is serving as an Expert on the Environmental Science and Human Security Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (AC-ERE) of the National Science Foundation. She is also serving her second year on the AAG’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Dr. O’Lear holds a B.A. in Geography and Russian and a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. Her service as Great Plains Rocky Mountain Regional Councilor will run through 2023.

To connect, you can reach her at olear@ku.edu.


Mid-Atlantic 

Tracy EdwardsTracy Edwards, M.A., is a cultural geographer specializing in geographic education and sustainability studies. Her research focuses on a myriad of topics merging teaching & learning in the online realm, integrating student leadership and advocacy in and beyond the classroom, and exploring the relationship between geography/sustainability in academia. Broader research interests include documenting personal narratives of women globally, feminist geopolitics, and experiences of long-term non-tenured faculty in higher education. Tracy earned her undergraduate degree in Geography at Frostburg State University, where she will complete her twentieth year as Lecturer at the conclusion of the Spring 2020 semester. She finished her M.A. from Syracuse University in 2010, and her current status is ADB in the quest to complete a terminal Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership & Instructional Design. Tracy is most proud of her current and past involvement with all things directed toward expanding the world view of students/young persons – having worked with Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), MAD & specifically the MAD Geography Bowl team, the Maryland Geographic Alliance, and with Girl Scouts and other more local initiatives. Tracy has served as an AP Human Geography Reader since 2006, Table Leader since 2015, and in 2018, she initiated the Geographers Give Back campaign at the AP Readings. Tracy looks forward to the opportunities ahead of both her and her two children, EllaRose and Jamison, as they finish high school and begin their own life pathway. Her service as MAD Councilor will run through 2023. 

To connect, you can reach her at TEdwards@frostburg.edu.


Middle States

Lindsay NaylorDr. Lindsay Naylor is a feminist political geographer specializing in food and agricultural systems, she is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Delaware, and has been a member of the AAG since 2008. She was formerly a board member for the Political Geography Specialty Group and is co-founder of the Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group. Naylor's research is based in an anti-racist, decolonial, feminist methodology and is concerned with inequities, power relations, and resistance. She does domestic and international work in the Americas, with two current projects underway. One focused on care, bodies, and access to human milk in the United States and the other on embodied experiences of climate change related to glacier-fed irrigated agriculture in the Andes. Dr. Naylor is the author of the award-winning book: Fair Trade Rebels: coffee production and struggles for autonomy in Chiapas, published with University of Minnesota Press and based on previous work in rebel autonomous indigenous farming communities in Mexico. She holds degrees in Geography (Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2014), International Development (M.A., American University, 2004), and Political Science (B.A., Western Washington University, 2001). Naylor was a program officer at an International Development NGO in Washington, D.C., between her graduate degrees. She is also the co-chair of AAG's Publications Committee. Her service as regional councilor will run through 2021.

To connect, you can reach her at lnaylor@udel.edu.


New England-St. Lawrence Valley

Richard KujawaDr. Richard Kujawa is a broadly trained human geographer with interests in a wide array of topics – including environmental planning and policy, political, urban and economic geography, and cloud-based mapping and visualization. His current research focuses on regional scale environmental governance and its responses to climate-change driven extreme events as part of a large multi-institution National Science Foundation grant. Richard teaches at a small Liberal Arts College, Saint Michael’s College, in Vermont where he is an evangelist for Geography and mapping/visualization. He is excited for an upcoming sabbatical for Spring 2022 to delve more deeply into pedagogical methods and products for teaching mapping and visualization. Richard trained as an engineer and urban planner. He holds degrees in Geography and Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa. His service as the regional councilor for the New England and Saint Lawrence Valley region ends in 2022.

To connect, you can reach him at rkujawa@smcvt.edu.


Pacific Coast

Yolonda YoungsDr. Yolonda Youngs is a geographer specializing in human geography, environmental studies, parks and protected areas, geospatial technology and GIS, field methods, tourism, cultural landscapes, visual culture and media, with a regional expertise in U.S. West and Europe. She is an Associate Professor of Geography in the Department of Global Studies and Languages at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. Her research focuses on environmental policy and management in national parks, public lands, and protected areas. She is currently working on her second book, Framing Nature: The Creation of an American Icon at the Grand Canyon (under contract with the University of Nebraska Press). Current achievements include a Scholar-in-Residence award at the University of New Mexico (2019), recognition as the Outstanding Researcher at Idaho State University (2018), and the Apple Distinguished Educator Award (2015) for innovative uses of iPads computers in the classroom. Dr. Youngs holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University, a M.S. in Earth Sciences - Geography from Montana State University, and a B.A. in Anthropology (specializing in Archaeology) from Florida State University. Her service as the Pacific West Regional Councilor will run through 2022.

To connect, you can reach her at younyolo@isu.edu.


Southeast

Selima SultanaDr. Selima Sultana is a professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She is a human geographer with research interests in the areas of urban and transportation sustainability and national parks. Specific interests include understanding the processes of urban growth dynamics and land use change, travel and commuting behavior and mode choice, and accessibility and transportation justice. For more information, please visit her website: https://ges.uncg.edu/person/sultana. Selima’s service as the Southeast Division Regional Councilor will run through 2023.

To connect, you can reach her at s_sultan@uncg.edu.


Southwest

Michaela BuenemannDr. Michaela Buenemann, chair of AAG Regional division councilors, is a geographer specializing in GIScience and land system science. Her research focuses on assessing socio-ecological system dynamics using remote sensing, GIS, spatial modeling, and field work. She recently received funding from NRCS and NIAID to study acequia systems, woody plant encroachment, and vector-borne diseases. Dr. Buenemann holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Oklahoma. Her service as Southwest Region Councilor will run through 2021.

To connect, you can reach her at elabuen@nmsu.edu.


West Lakes

Woonsup ChoiDr. Woonsup Choi is a physical geographer specializing in climate and water resources at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research focuses on the impacts of climate change and urbanization on hydrological processes. More recently he has been interested in human influences on hydrological extremes, and a relevant article is forthcoming in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers. Dr. Choi holds degrees in Geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Ph.D) and Seoul National University (B.A. and M.A.). His service as West Lakes Councilor will run through June 2021.

To connect, you can reach him at wchoi@alumni.illinois.edu.

Regional Division Councilors

East Lakes

Karen D. Johnson-Webb (2021)
Bowling Green State University


Great Plains-Rocky Mountains

Shannon O'Lear (2023)
University of Kansas


Middle Atlantic

Tracy Edwards (2023)
Frostburg State University


Middle States

Lindsay Naylor (2021)
University of Delaware


New England-St. Lawrence Valley

Richard Kujawa (2022)
St. Michael's College


Pacific Coast

Yolonda Youngs (2022)
Idaho State University


Southeastern

Selima Sultana (2023)
University of North Carolina - Greensboro


Southwestern

Michaela Buenemann (2021), Chair
New Mexico State University


West Lakes

Woonsup Choi (2021)
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


* (Year) indicates year council term expires