Harold M. Rose Award for Anti-Racism Research and Practice
Deadline: October 15, annually
This award honors geographers who have a demonstrated record of the type of research and active contributions to society that have marked Harold Rose’s career. The award will be given to those who have served to advance the discipline through their research, and who have also had on impact on anti-racist practice. The award is presented at the Awards Luncheon during the AAG's Annual Meeting.
Criteria: Individuals are eligible, regardless of their status as AAG members.
Nominations: Please include the complete name and address of the nominee and a brief (500 word maximum) description of the reasons why your nominee should be selected. Digital submissions are encouraged. Send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org with Harold Rose Award as the subject line. Alternately, nominations can be sent to: Association of American Geographers, attn: AAG Harold Rose Award, 1710 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20009-3198.
About the Award: This award honors Harold M. Rose, who was a pioneer in conducting research on the conditions faced by African Americans. Rose received his PhD at Ohio State University in 1960, whereupon he began a joint appointment in the departments of Geography and Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He has devoted his career to expanding the discipline of geography into anti-racist scholarship, an area that had been virtually ignored. Rose conducted research on the black Ghetto, blacks and Cubans in Miami, and the quality of life in black communities, especially the exposure of many black communities to high rates of homicide. He also conducted research on black residential mobility and interregional migration. Rose became the first black president of the AAG in 1976. In 1977, he voiced the need to expand research into the experiences of blacks in his presidential address entitled “The Geography of Despair”. Harold Rose’s work reminds us that it is possible for scholars to go beyond theoretical understanding of racism and other social practices to engage actual communities and to make a difference in human life.
Note: See also President's Column, AAG Newsletter (47):5.
Dr. Bobby M. Wilson's career exemplifies the principles for which the Harold M. Rose Award was established. Wilson’s path-breaking research agenda examines the socio-spatial dialectics of race and class in the United States, and he demonstrates not only how racism perpetuates inequality but also how capitalism, in its structural dependence on inequality, perpetuates racism. His multi-scalar studies America’s Johannesburg and Race and Class in Birmingham are rooted in his own experiences. In childhood he struggled to understand why his mother’s best job opportunities were hundreds of miles from home. Later on, as a doctoral student at Clark University, he consolidated his direct experience under the theoretical frame of historical materialism. Generations of students of Wilson’s work have learned how struggle might be better organized and developed. His leadership roles as a geographer, researcher, writer, teacher, mentor and community resource are the reasons why the AAG is pleased to recognize Bobby Wilson with this award
Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore's tireless commitment to political activism, exploring complex racial and class formations, uneven development, and the African diaspora has changed the epistemological terrain of human geography as well as other cognate disciplines. Dr. Wilson Gilmore has said that her work explores both "the dire and the hopeful." Asking crucial questions about the ways movement and labor reconfigure and reshape landscapes of both production and consumption, Dr. Wilson Gilmore's career demonstrates a lifelong commitment towards asking how individuals employ power in ways that enhance life opportunities rather than guaranteeing premature death. Given her important anti-racist and anti-sexist research agenda, she is a fitting awardee for the Harold M. Rose Award.
The late Donald R. Deskins, Jr., professor emeritus of sociology and urban geography at the University of Michigan. In his highly productive career, he made important scholarly contributions to our understanding of racial dynamics in American society. He was also known as a demanding, but compassionate mentor, including to many individuals from under-represented backgrounds. His leadership inspired more grographers of color to pursue geography as a career choice. His research and active contributions honored and reflected the career of Harold M. Rose.