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AAG Presidential Achievement Award

The AAG Presidential Achievement Award was established by the AAG Council to recognize individuals who have made long-standing and distinguished contributions to the discipline of geography. Up to two individuals may be recognized each year.


2014

Doreen MasseyDoreen Massey for her foundational contributions to feminist geography, geographical political economy, relational geography, conceptualizations of place and space, and emancipatory approaches to urban development.

2013

Bobby WilsonBobby Wilson for his career-long dedication to anti-racist scholarship in geography, as well as for his a mentorship to many students and for the example he has set for colleagues throughout his academic career.

2012
Laura Pulido

Laura Pulido for her extensive work in the areas of environmental
justice, radical movements of the sixties and seventies, labor studies,
alternative tourism and comparative ethnic studies.  

Dawn Wright

Dawn Wright for her significant contributions and leadership in the areas of geographic information science, ocean informatics and cyberinfrastructure.


2011

Patricia Gober for her  rich record of peer-reviewed publications in populations, water resource management and climate change, her creation and implementation of public fora for science-engaged decision-making and her influential leadership in the discipline in service to society.

2010

Peter Meusburger for his accomplishments strengthening ties between English and German medium geography, fostering internationalization of academic curriculum in Europe and beyond, and broadening research across political borders; and in recognition of his intellectual commitment and personal hard work towards a more international geography.

2009
Douglas B. Richardson
for his outstanding service as a geographer, as the leader of a path-breaking company that advanced geographic information science and technology, and as the Executive Director of the Association of American Geographers, which he has enabled to be a strong, cohesive, inclusive, and vibrant organization working to advance geography now and in the future.

Thomas J. Wilbanks for his long-standing and  wide-ranging contributions within and beyond geography as a scholar, an administrator, a community leader, and a highly effective integrator of insights from geography and other fields to address significant societal problems

2008
David Ward for his role as a prominent geography leader and as a key contributor to our discipline and to higher education as a whole, in particular regarding his success in advancing issues of international education.

2007
Laura and Jack Dangermond for their universally recognized creative force and long-time leading pioneering efforts in the field of Geographic Information Systems, and for their generosity toward many worthy social and educational programs in geography aiming to make a difference in the world.

James C. Knox for his extraordinary contributions to geography and the stature of the discipline through his prolific teaching, international research in geomorphology and paleohydrology, his mentoring of students, and his selfless service.

2006
Trevor Barnes for his exceptional scholarship on the quantitative revolution and for his substantial contributions to the understanding of the history of human geography, science studies, regional science, and economic geography.

Wilbur Zelinsky for his long and distinguished career in geography; for the influence of his publications across a wide range of topics in human geography; and for his early and fervent support for the incorporation of more women into the discipline.

2005
Donald W. Meinig for his extraordinary contributions to geography and the stature of geography as a discipline through his teaching, research, and writing.

2004
Bruce Alberts for his distinguished contributions to the discipline of geography through outstanding vision and administration of the NAS and for his support of geography within the National Academies.

Harm J. de Blij for his extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the discipline and for his longstanding contributions to the public awareness for geography both nationally and internationally.

Alan M. Voorhees for his exemplary professional career as scientist, educator, preeminent planner, and philanthropist, throughout which he has advocated for geography and has made significant intellectual and applied contributions, and for his dedication to expanding geography’s role in improving our world.

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