Glenda Laws Award
Deadline: December 31, yearly
The Glenda Laws Award is administered by the Association of American Geographers and endorsed by members of the Institute of Australian Geographers, the Canadian Association of Geographers, and the Institute of British Geographers. The annual award and honorarium recognize outstanding contributions to geographic research on social issues. This award is named in memory of Glenda Laws—a geographer who brought energy and enthusiasm to her work on issues of social justice and social policy. All early to mid-career scholars involved in geographic research on one or more social issues will be eligible for this award. Nominations should include two letters of recommendation from scholars or members of community organizations familiar with the research upon which the nomination is based, a curriculum vitae, and a scholarly paper based on original research. The award is presented at the Awards Luncheon at the AAG Annual Meeting.
Applications: Complete nominations consist of:
- A cover letter detailing outstanding contributions to geographic research on social issues application;
- The nominee's current CV that identifies at least one scholarly paper based on original research; and
- Two letters of recommendation.
Digital submissions are encouraged as a single pdf file in an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with AAG Glenda Laws Award in the subject line. Alternatively, nine paper copies of the completed application can be sent to: ATTN: AAG Glenda Laws Award, Association of American Geographers, 1710 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009-3198.
As with all AAG awards, the Award Committee may decline to make an award in any given year.
Juanita Sundberg from the University of British Columbia for her commitment to social justice, which is deeply embedded in both her teaching and scholarship.
Minelle Mahtani, University of Toronto for her outstanding research in the area of minority representation in geography, her contributions to the Geography Faculty Development Alliance and her use of multimedia to enhance diversity initiatives, demonstrating her oustanding efforts to encourage a more diverse discipline.
Dr. Mahtani initiatied a tradition, together with the editors of Social & Cultural Geography for an article celebrating the AAG Glenda Laws Awardee. Her inagural article citation is: Minelle Mahtani (2014) Toxic geographies: absences in critical race thought and practice in social and cultural geography, Social & Cultural Geography, 15:4, 359-367, DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2014.888297
Nik Heynen, University of Georgia for his work which has helped to define and advance the academic agenda in geography and cognate disciplines in a number of areas, particularly related to hunger, environmental justice, globalization, and emancipatory social struggles.
James Tyner, Kent State University for his “long-standing and steadfast commitment in research and teaching to social justice,” including work on the geographies of race, religion, economics and labor, geopolitics and the morality of war.
Michael Brown, University of Washington for his research focusing on the intersection of political, cultural, urban and health geographies, and particularly for his leadership in geographies of sexuality and the body.
Karen Bakker, University of British Columbia for her uncompromising commitment to advance understandings of the nature of governance, the significance of natural resources, and the importance of distributive justice in contemporary societies.
Vincent Del Casino Jr., California State University, Long Beach, for his passionate commitment to ease the suffering of people with AIDS and HIV and to help in the prevention of these diseases, especially in marginalized and vulnerable communities.
Glenda Laws, Photo courtesy Stephen Matthews.