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New Books for Geographers: Fall 2023

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The AAG compiles a quarterly list of newly published geography books and books of interest to geographers. The list includes a diversity of books that represents the breadth of the discipline (including key sub-disciplines), but also recognizes the work which takes place at the margins of geography and overlap with other disciplines. While academic texts make up most of the books, we also include popular books, novels, books of poetry, and books published in languages other than English, for example.

Some of these books are selected for review in the AAG Review of Books. Publishers are welcome to contact the AAG Review of Books Editor-in-Chief Debbie Hopkins, as well as anyone interested in reviewing these or other titles.

Activist Feminist Geographies, edited by Kate Boyer, Latoya Eaves and Jennifer Fluri (Bristol University Press 2023)

Asylum: A Memoir & Manifesto by Edafe Okporo (Simon & Schuster 2022)

The Avoidable War: The Dangers of a Catastrophic Conflict between the US and Xi Jinping’s China by Kevin Rudd (PublicAffairs Books 2022)

Black Earth Wisdom: Soulful Conversations with Black Environmentalists by Leah Penniman (Harper Collins 2023)

Black Everyday Lives, Material Culture and Narrative: Tings in de House, by Shawn-Naphtali Sobers (Routledge, 2023)

Border Witness: Reimagining the US-Mexico Borderlands Through Film by Michael Dear (University of California Press 2023)

Carbon Sovereignty: Coal, Development, and Energy Transition in the Navajo Nation by Andrew Curley (University of Arizona Press 2023)

Central Asia’s Economic Rebirth in the Shadow of the New Great Game by Djoomart Otorbaev (Taylor & Francis 2023)

The Common Camp: Architecture of Power and Resistance in Israel–Palestine by Irit Katz (University of Minnesota Press 2022)

Criminal Cities: The Postcolonial Novel and Cathartic Crime by Molly Slavin (University of Virginia Press 2023)

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper Collins 2022)

Discard Studies: Wasting, Systems, and Power by Max Liboiron and Josh Lepawsky (MIT Press 2022)

Environmental Politics and Policy in Aotearoa New Zealand, edited by Maria Bargh and Julie L MacArthur (Auckland University Press, 2022)

Evelyn Hofer: Eyes on the City by Gregory J. Harris, April M. Watson, Evelyn Hofer, Rand Suffolk, Julián Zugazagoitia, and Brandi T. Summers (Distributed Art Publishers 2023)

Fixer-Upper: How to Repair America’s Broken Housing Systems by Jenny Schuetz (Brookings Institution 2022)

Gentrification Trends in the United States by Richard Martin (Routledge 2023)

Geographies of Digital Exclusion: Data and Inequality by Mark Graham and Martin Dittus (Pluto Press 2022)

Geopolitics and Democracy: The Western Liberal Order from Foundation to Fracture by Peter Trubowitz and Brian Burgoon (Oxford University Press 2023)

The Globalization of Wheat: A Critical History of the Green Revolution by Marci Baranski (University of Pittsburgh Press 2023)

Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City by Shante Paradigm Smalls (New York University Press 2022)

His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa (Penguin Publishing 2022)

Homelessness in America: The History and Tragedy of an Intractable Social Problem by Stephen Eide (Rowman & Littlefield 2022)

Homelessness Is a Housing Problem: How Structural Factors Explain U.S. Patterns by Gregg Colburn and Clayton Page Aldern (University of California Press 2022)

A House for the Struggle: The Black Press and the Built Environment in Chicago by E. James West (University of Illinois Press 2022)

Human Security and Sustainable Development in East Africa by Jeremiah O. Asaka and Alice A. Oluoko-Odingo (Taylor & Francis 2022)

Jakarta: The City of a Thousand Dimensions, by Abidin Kusno (NUS Press, 2023)

The Journey from Prison to Community: Developing Identity, Meaning and Belonging with Men in the UK by Jo Shingler and Jennifer Stickney (Routledge 2023)

Lively Cities: Reconfiguring Urban Ecology, by Maan Barua (University of Minnesota Press, 2023)

Losing Eden: An Environmental History of the American West by Sara Dant (University of Nebraska Press 2023)

The Making of a Smart City in Korea: The Quest for E-Seoul by Hojeong Lee, Jaehyeon Jeong, and Joong-Hwan Oh (Rowman & Littlefield 2023)

Mapping The Nation: Navigating Complex Challenges by Esri (Esri 2022)

Mapping Urban Regeneration: City Life Experiences in Yunnan, China by Ali Cheshmehzangi (Springer 2023)

Markets, Capitalism and Urban Space in India by Anirban Acharya (Routledge 2023)

Net Zero, Food and Farming: Climate Change and the UK Agri-Food System by Neil Ward (Routledge 2022)

New Global Cities in Latin America and Asia: Welcome to the Twenty-First Century by Pablo Baisotti (University of Michigan Press 2022)

The Overlooked Americans: The Resilience of Our Rural Towns and What It Means for Our Country by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett (Basic Books 2023)

Policing Gun Violence: Strategic Reforms for Controlling Our Most Pressing Crime Problem by Anthony A. Braga and Philip J. Cook (Oxford University Press 2023)

Political Children: Violence, Labor, and Rights in Peru by Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland (Stanford University Press 2023)

The Politics of Community-making in New Urban India by Ritanjan Das and Nilotpal Kumar (Routledge 2023)

Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond (Crown Publishers 2023)

Race, Racism and the Geography Curriculum by John Morgan and David Lambert (Bloomsbury Publishing 2023)

Redesigning the Unremarkable by Evonne Miller and Debra Flanders Cushing (Taylor & Francis 2023)

Remembering Enslavement: Reassembling the Southern Plantation Museum by Amy E. Potter, Stephen P. Hanna, Derek H. Alderman, Perry L. Carter, Candace Forbes Bright, and David L. Butler (University of Georgia Press 2022)

Resettled Iraqi Refugees in the United States: War, Refuge, Belonging, Participation, and Protest by Jared Keyel (Berghahn Books 2023)

The Silences of Dispossession Agrarian Change and Indigenous Politics in Argentina, by Mercedes Biocca (Pluto Press, 2023)

Small World: A Novel by Jonathan Evison (Penguin Publishing 2022)

Smoking the Bible by Chris Abani (Copper Canyon Press 2022)

The Sovereign Trickster: Death and Laughter in the Age of Duterte by Vicente L. Rafael (Duke University Press 2022)

Suburbia in the 21st Century: From Dreamscape to Nightmare? By Paul Maginn and Katrin B. Anacker (Routledge 2022)

Tenacious Beasts: Wildlife Recoveries That Change How We Think about Animals by Christopher Preston (MIT Press 2023)

The Treeline: The Last Forest and the Future of Life on Earth by Ben Rawlence (St. Martin’s Press 2022)

Turning up the Heat: Urban political ecology for the climate emergency, edited by Maria Kaika, Roger Keil, Tait Mandler and Yannis Tzaninis (University of Manchester Press, 2023)

Ukraine and Russia: From Civilized Divorce to Uncivil War, 2nd Edition by Paul D’Anieri (Cambridge University Press 2023)

Urban Climate Justice: Theory, Praxis, Resistance, edited by Jennifer L. Rice, Joshua Long, and Anthony Levenda (University of Georgia Press, 2023)

The violence of Britishness: Racism, borders and the conditions of citizenship, by Nadya Ali (Pluto Press, 2023)

Wandering with Intent: Essays by Kim Mahood (Scribe Publications 2022)

We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops, and Corruption by Justin Fenton ( Penguin Publishing 2022)

Women Reclaiming the City: International Research on Urbanism, Architecture, and Planning by Tigran Haas (Rowman & Littlefield 2023)

Workers and Democracy: The Indonesian Labour Movement, 1949–1957, by John Ingleson (NUS Press, 2022)

Working-Class Queers: Time, Place and Politics, by Yvette Taylor (Pluto Press, 2023)

Zoned Out! Race, Displacement, and City Planning in New York City, Revised Edition by Tom Angotti and Sylvia Morse (New York University Press 2023)


Annual Meeting 2024 – Hawaiian Resources

Beautiful aerial view of spectacular Na Pali coast, Kauai, Hawaii

Implement and Advocate the Spirit of Reciprocity

Several efforts are underway at AAG to address perspectives on a broad range of environmental, political, and historical topics including Indigenous ecological knowledge and sovereignty at the 2024 Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

As we approach the Annual Meeting dates, AAG is actively seeking opportunities to support the community work of our hosts during AAG 2024, in ways that will be intentional, reciprocal, and meaningful.

Explore the resources below to learn more about how to visit Hawai’i with the spirit of reciprocity.

In light of the devastating wildfires, join in supporting recovery efforts

Preparing for the Honolulu 2024 Annual Meeting

Between July and March, the AAG will be hosting a virtual learning series featuring Hawaiian speakers and perspectives with a new approach that connects the conference more strongly to the place where it is held.

View the series
Aloha Aku, Aloha Mai: Aloha Given, Aloha Received

This session illuminated Hawaiian ecological insights and perspectives on how to live in harmony with the environment; exploring ways that those views may align or differ from the perspectives of others; and discussing how to foster reciprocity among our Kānaka hosts and our members, discipline, and the AAG.

Key takeaways for self-reflection:

  • How can the field trips (or land engagements) and events outside of the main conference engage with local communities in a generative and thoughtful way, avoiding being burdensome to community groups?
  • How can we make the presence of indigenous voices impactful and felt throughout the conference?
  • Are there ‘reminding,’ engaging rituals that conference goers could participate in individually or in small or large groups on site to help regularly take us into a different kind of place mentally, emotionally, even spiritually, for that brief time, that would reinforce the values and experiences sought by everyone involved and, like the circles of people holding hands, will remain with us after the conference?
  • Are there opportunities to engage children and young people in the conference?
Watch now
Kumulipo: Hawaiian Explication of Creation

Lean in! Tune in! This webinar explored the story of the creation of Pele’s home in Hawai’i, or the Kumulipo: the Hawaiian understanding of the world as interconnected and intimate across all forms of being and nature. Leahi Hall and Kekuhi Kealiikanakaole of Hālau ʻŌhiʻa present this to you all in narrative and poetic chant form. It is an honored gift to receive one of Hawaiʻiʻs Koʻihonua as welcome into this island consciousness.

Key takeaways for self-reflection:

  • Although the language may be different and the presentation in poetry & story, rather than data or maps, the Kumulipo reflects recorded observations and conclusions about the same planetary elements that are studied by geographers everywhere. How does this align or differ with your understanding or research? What might you want to do or hear at the conference to better understand your field from the perspective of the host culture?
  • “Man is not the center of all things.” Hmm, is that a universal concept?
  • “Human kind is not the center of all relationships.” Hmm, is that a universal concept?
  • We encourage you to express Mele Komo /Mele Moʻokū upon your arrival to Maui for the conference. Both chants are a request for permission as you enter into the energy of the island and an introduction of the places and features you will be among and that sustain your life.
  • For pronounciation and practice, view the webinar recording for guidance from Kekuhi and Leahi.
Watch now
Hawai‘i Habitation: Consequences of Human Values

For millenia, land in Hawai‘i was organized into wao (realms) that align with spiritual principles and support ecosystem services, as well as water, food, and reproduction cycles. Human habitation and activities were subordinated to foster environmental sustainability.
Join Konia Freitas, past director of the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i – Mānoa; and Mark Kawika McKeague, AICP, principal & director of Cultural Planning G70, for a discussion of traditions of Polynesian voyaging, discovery and settlement which were disrupted and transformed by radically different norms, practices and territorial designs of non-Polynesian settlers beginning in the 18th century.

Key takeaways for self-reflection:

  • How has the land where the conference is located changed throughout time and history? How can I acknowledge and respect the land during my visit?
  • How have foundational Hawaiian principles and practices been preserved and passed down today, whether that is through art, music, architecture etc.?
  • How should visitors approach language politics and use of the Hawaiian language when visiting?
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Islands and Agriculture: The coevolution of agroecological systems and society in Hawai‘i

The Hawaiian Islands are commonly referenced as one of the most ecologically diverse locations on planet Earth, a fact commonly highlighted in conservation and natural ecosystem science. Yet, we often fail to take the next step in acknowledging and understanding the intensive cultural and knowledge-based adaptations of Native Hawaiians as they made use of highly diverse landscapes traversing multiple ecotones.

Noa Lincoln explores coevolution through the lens of agriculture, as a fundamental way in which humans and their environments interact. The application of agroecological systems over time and across space are summarized, along with their manifestations on social, cultural, and knowledge systems, and is concluded by emphasizing the pathways of island cultures have tremendous value to offer the world in terms of understanding the transition to sustainability for our “Island Earth.”

Key Takeaways for Self-Reflection

  • What historical or contemporary data do we have to understand the upper boundaries so precisely? Are any of the maps or data online for public access?
  • How have modern industrial methods influenced the analysis of soil fertility and island age?
  • When lines are drawn for environmental performance, how is that different than the post-contact society of drawing lines to create land-use districts and zoning designations?
  • How do we continue to disrupt false binaries, and possibly romanticism, that mainland people may oppose of Hawaiian history and current ecologies?
Watch now
Troubling the “American Lake”: Archipelagic Perspectives on Militarization in Oceania

In the context of great power competition between the United States and China, this webinar will help to situate Hawaiʻi within the U.S. geopolitical “pivot” to the Pacific region from the perspective of the islands confronting hyper-militarization. Join our five panelists as they provide brief reports on the state of militarization and resistance in their respective islands: Okinawa, Guåhan (Guam), Chamoru (of the Mariana Islands), Northern Marianas, and Hawaiʻi.

Key Takeaways for Self-Reflection

  • Given the diversity of political relationships between the respective islands and the US Military, what tangible actions for solidarity and political transformation does the panel imagine? What is the path to change political statuses?
  • Do indigenous people see tourists as another threat, as a chance, or both?
  • What are the next steps for a desired state?
  • What are groups or organizers we can follow, learn from, and support in the work of demilitarization and de-occupation of the areas discussed?
Watch now


ʻĀina In the mother tongue, ‘āina refers to that which feeds, that being the land and its produce, as well as the sea and the all the things from it we can collect and harvest to sustain our selves with.

Haole — Foreigner, not from Hawai‘i

Ho‘okipa To entertain or treat hospitably

Iwi human remains (bones)

Kinolau — lau: many bodies of manifestations; kino: body

Koʻi-honua — A creation chant, the carving of earth at many scales

Kuleana responsibility

Kūpuna Grandparent or ancestor

Mālama — Give back

Mana — Spiritual energy of power or strength

Mo‘opuna grandchildren

Kanaka — Native Hawaiian

Kuleana — Responsibility; especially personal and distinct contribution to a community

‘Okina — An actual consonant in ʻŌlelo Hawai, the Hawaiian language, that creates a glottal stop to recognize that a consonant that was once present in a word has been dropped over the years and will always separate two vowels and never two consonants.

  • ʻĀina Aloha Economic Futures Declaration: “drafted by a group of Native Hawaiian community members who came together organically after separate discussions brought forth common sentiments regarding the need to have Native Hawaiian voices, values, and experiences influence the economic recovery for our ʻāina aloha.”
    — Consider adding your name to the supporters of the ʻĀina Aloha Economic Futures initiative via their Google form.
  • ʻĀina Aloha Economic Futures Huliau Action Agenda: high-level framework of community-defined actionable goals intended to guide the development and prioritization of more specific proposals
  • ʻĀina Aloha Economic Futures Assessment Tool for Policies, Projects, and Programs: This tool advances the values set forth in the ‘Āina Aloha Economic Futures Declaration. This assessment also embodies key ideas in the Huliau Action Agenda, which incorporated comments from over 200 participants who helped to develop it.
  • Hawaii Conservation Alliance Conference: This conference envisions thriving, abundant lands and seas with native Hawaiian ecosystems actively cared for by generations of stewards, steered by excellent science, Hawaiian values, and practice. The alliance provides unified leadership, and collaborative action to conserve and restore native ecosystems and the unique biodiversity of the Hawaiian Islands. Past selective recordings of sessions are available to view at leisure

We hope that you will join us in offering support to the residents and their families on Maui, nearby islands, and the mainland after the devastating wildfires consumed the historic town of Lahaina, the former Royal Capital of Hawai‘i. We have provided a list of local rescue and recovery efforts and foundations:

  • The Maui Strong Fund is currently being used to help aid communities affected by the Maui Wildfires. You can donate online, or you can send a check to Hawai‘i Community Foundation, 827 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI, 96813. Make checks payable “Hawai‘i Community Foundation”.
  • Maui Food Bank is accepting both physical drop-off donations at various locations across Maui as well as online monetary donations on its website.
  • The Salvation Army is providing food and resources to those in need, and it is accepting Maui donations on its Hawaiʻi site.
  • Maui Mutual Aid Fund is a local effort run by volunteers looking to get funds and support to vulnerable residents, such as kūpuna (elderly), those with physical disabilities, renters and individuals without insurance.
  • Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement is matching up to $1 million in donations for Maui fire victims as of Thursday night. Learn more
  • The Maui Humane Society expects an influx of animals who need help as wildfires have displaced thousands. The group is currently accepting online donations.
  • Baby 2 Baby, a non-profit organization, is getting ready to send supplies for babies and children who have been affected by the Maui fires. Visit their website for more information or to donate.

Geography Awareness Week 2023

Bowie State University Professor Sumanth Reddy captures nine of his students in an action pose as they explore Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. Credit: Sumanth Reddy
Bowie State geography students tour one of several national parks. Credit: Sumanth Reddy

What we mean by ‘place’ is a crossroads, a particular point of intersections of forces coming from many directions and distances.”

Rebecca Solnit, 2023 AAG Honorary Geographer



The Power of Place

To geographers, place is defined as a space that has been made meaningful by people and connections. Places can be sites of belonging or exclusion; safety or danger; commerce and activity or repose and reflection. Certainly, places imply witness: can a place even be a place if no one at all is there or knows it?

The work of seeing, understanding, and knowing places is the work of geographers. Our work, by necessity, is wide-ranging but always situated in relation to place. As this year’s AAG Honorary Geographer Rebecca Solnit put it in her talk at the AAG annual meeting, “If a field of expertise can be imagined as an actual field, then…I love geography because [it] trespasses across a lot of hedges and fences and borders in its vast encompassing of so many crucial things.”   Watch the recording

Now more than ever, as we contemplate the rapid change wrought on the Earth by human-caused activities, and as human settlements cover roughly half of Earth’s land surface, and as we confront the pressing need to embed habitat, plant, and animal life in our notions of place, we must examine our connections and our shared responsibility to care for places together. Understanding geography is a crucial part of fulfilling our responsibility to places.

Take part in National Geography Awareness Week: The Power of Place, November 13-17, 2023. Help AAG tell the world about how vital the field of geography is to understanding where we are right now, and where we can go. Use our map to find out about GeoWeek events and happenings where you are, and all over the world.


Get Involved!

This year, help AAG celebrate the impact that geographers have on the world. We invite you to take part in Geography Awareness Week. Here are a few ways to get involved right now: 

  • Become a GeoAdvocate. Get GeoWeek information and see your name listed below. Sign up now
  • Be a Promotional Partner. Promotional Partners are organizations interested in helping spread the word about GeoWeek. We provide you with information and public acknowledgment of your partnership. Sign up now 
  • Help Us Publicize Your Events. Add your work to our map. From mapathons to mentoring events, from webinars to community meet-ups, we want to know how geography is showing up where you are. Share your work with us

Connect with our Core Partners

AAG is pleased to collaborate with the following organizations and institutions to create information resources for Geography Awareness Week. 

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Council Meeting Minutes – March 2023


Program Profile: California State University Long Beach

Group photo of CSULB MSGISci students
Group photo taken by a drone of MSGISci students at the River Ridge Ranch field site (with Scott Winslow, UAV and GIS Lab Manger front left and Dr. Wechsler front 2nd from left).

AAG staff recently sat down for a virtual interview with California State University Long Beach (CSULB) faculty members Dr. Suzanne Wechsler, professor and department chair; Dr. Lily House-Peters, associate professor and undergraduate advisor; and Dr. Paul Laris, professor and former department chair. When asked how their department demonstrated the value and relevancy of geography, a theme quickly emerged — actions speak louder than words.  Everything the department does is exemplary of demonstrating the importance of geography.

The department is keen on community engagement that provides research and learning opportunities for both students and faculty, adapts their program to ever-evolving geospatial technology and industry standards, and emphasizes the importance of field experience in the coursework across the program’s various concentrations. It’s obvious that CSULB’s Department of Geography is demonstrating the value and relevancy of geography daily, not only to their students, but to their university colleagues and local community members as well.

“One of the things that’s kept us going and relevant is that we’re always trying something…we’re constantly trying out and innovating,” says Laris. His response reflects the overall spirit of a department where innovation is the norm. As Wechsler puts it, being nimble and responsive is what has fostered the program’s success.

Professor and student perform field work with coastal sage scrub.
Professor Laris gives student Alexandra Trujillo a few tips on how to use a quadrat to sample coastal sage scrub vegetation at the PVP Land Conservancy.


Student and professor perform fieldwork together.
Student Cannon Hanson and Professor Laris prep a site for line transect sampling of coastal sage scrub habitat.


Creating stand-out programs to foster student success

Suzanne Wechsler has carried on this tradition in her current role as department chair where her responsibilities include directing the M.S. in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci) program. The M.S. was created 12 years ago when it was discovered that M.A. students were dropping out because they’d found work in the geospatial industry before they graduated. The problem was, that while students were obtaining excellent geotechnical skills within the M.A. program, they were taking internships that turned into the jobs they wanted, leaving them with little time or motivation, to complete their thesis. Wechsler and her colleagues realized there was a need to provide an analytical and application-based training for these students to fully prepare them for a career in the highly competitive geospatial industry, rather than the more theory-based approach of the M.A. program.

It’s about being agile and responding to the moment as best as possible, and you can’t do that without a core faculty that are dedicated and get along well…[and]…work together to…figure out how to address the moment.

—Suzanne Wechsler

The result is a vibrant graduate program which includes both a traditional Master of Arts (M.A.) and a Master of Science in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci) that received an Honorable Mention for the AAG’s Program Excellence Award in 2019, among other ranked achievements. Students can expect a small, yet strongly networked cohort environment, research and publishing opportunities with faculty that focus on local and global issues, and lectures from community leaders, activists and industry professionals to inform on current best practices and skills.  Research partnerships are built into seminars and culminating activities provide students with opportunities to gain specialized skills and competencies, and, for example, to investigate how issues such as social and environmental justice play out in community settings.

Wechsler adds that equally important to the research experiences we facilitate is the network and community we strive to develop while students are in our program, and after they graduate. With over 200 MSGISci graduates 96% of whom are working in the geospatial field, these networking opportunities are an especially important component of our program. We hope that by building a sense of community while students are here encourages them to stay connected and serve as a network and resource for future graduates.

CSULB students performing GPS data collection
MSGISci students prepare GPS units for data collection at the River Ridge Ranch study site in Springville, CA.


How campus visibility maintains relevancy

The value of geography is enhanced by interdepartmental relationships within the university, according to Laris. Geography faculty often collaborate on cross-listed courses with other departments or stay on the university radar through the reception of grants including an NSF REU. Additionally, some programs such as the M.S. in Geographic Information Science generate income, attract students to the university, ultimately highlight the discipline’s relevancy.

“…we’re [the geography department] a good team player,” says Paul Laris. But it’s Suzanne Wechsler  who places the credit for this success. “That’s largely due to leadership,” she says. “Paul was instrumental in fighting for geography’s place within the college.”

Building this highly felt presence within the university is something that has taken time, but it has become a win-win for the department. At the end of the day, the department leadership’s dedication has benefitted the students, faculty, and long-lasting relevancy of geography.

Put me in, Coach!

The department’s overall success reflects its outstanding faculty. To be successful, both Laris and Wechsler emphasize the importance of creating an environment where faculty are enriched and able to succeed. Drawing on their experiences, the department chair is tasked with the difficult balancing act of distributing teaching loads at a University with a heavy teaching load (12 units per semester) combined with research and service expectations.

“I’m a sports guy,” Laris confesses with a smile. But with the confession comes an important analogy: “If your team’s going [to] do well, you’re only going to do as well as each of your players. If you put them in a position where they can do the best they can do, then maybe you’ll succeed in a place like Cal State Long Beach.”


trubel&co: Mapping Justice webinar

AAG hosted an informational webinar on Mapping Justice, an academic enrichment program from trubel&co, designed to introduce high school seniors from historically underrepresented communities how to use GIS to advance justice and liberation.

Geography department chairs, program leaders and others joined this webinar intended to support college student recruitment into geography. Hosts Nick Okafor and Alani Douglas provided an overview of Mapping Justice and partnership opportunities to help programs build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive student pipeline.



New Books for Geographers: Summer 2023

Summer scene with flowers, trees and grasses

The AAG compiles a quarterly list of newly published geography books and books of interest to geographers. The list includes a diversity of books that represents the breadth of the discipline (including key sub-disciplines), but also recognizes the work which takes place at the margins of geography and overlap with other disciplines. While academic texts make up most of the books, we also include popular books, novels, books of poetry, and books published in languages other than English, for example.

Some of these books are selected for review in the AAG Review of Books. Publishers are welcome to contact the AAG Review of Books Editor-in-Chief Debbie Hopkins, as well as anyone interested in reviewing these or other titles.

Advances in Scalable and Intelligent Geospatial Analytics: Challenges and Applications by Surya S Durbha, Jibonananda Sanyal, Lexie Yang, Sangita S Chaudhari, Ujwala Bhangale, Ujwala Bharambe, Kuldeep Kurte (Routledge 2023)

Aid and the Help: International Development and the Transnational Extraction of Care by Dinah Hannaford (Stanford University Press 2023)

Atlas of the Senseable City by Antoine Picon and Carlo Ratti (Yale University Press 2023)

Babyn Yar: Ukrainian Poets Respond By Ostap Kin (Harvard University Press 2023)

Bedouin Bureaucrats: Mobility and Property in the Ottoman Empire by Nora Elizabeth Barakat (Stanford University Press 2023)

Before Gentrification: The Creation of DC’s Racial Wealth Gap by Tanya Maria Golash-Boza (University of California Press 2023)

Beyond Straw Men: Plastic Pollution and Networked Cultures of Care by Phaedra C. Pezzullo (University of California Press 2023)

The Cactus Hunters: Desire and Extinction in the Illicit Succulent Trade by Jared Margulues (University of Minnesota Press 2023)

Carbon colonialism: How rich countries export climate breakdown by Laurie Parsons (Manchester University Press 2023)

Children of the Rainforest: Shaping the Future in Amazonia by Camilla Morelli (Rutgers University Press 2023)

City of Refugees: The Story of Three Newcomers Who Breathed Life into a Dying American Town by Susan Hartman (AK Press 2023)

The Common by Antonio Negri ( Polity Books 2023)

ECOLOGICAL NOSTALGIAS: Memory, Affect and Creativity in Times of Ecological Upheavals by Olivia Angé and David Berliner (Berghahn Books 2023)

Elemental: How Five Elements Changed Earth’s Past and Will Shape Our Future by Stephen Porder (Princeton University Press 2023)

End of the Road: Reimagining the Street as the Heart of the City by William Riggs (Bristol University Press 2023)

Enough to Lose by RS Deeren (Wayne University Press 2023)

Fighting for the River: Gender, Body, and Agency in Environmental Struggles by Özge Yaka (University of California Press 2023)

THE FUTURE OF GEOGRAPHY: How Power and Politics in Space will Change our World by Tim Marshall (Elliott & Thompson 2023)

Global Libidinal Economy by Ilan Kapoor, Gavin Fridell, Maureen Sioh, and Pieter de Vries (SUNY Press 2023)

God’s Country: Christian Zionism in America by Samuel Goldman (Pennsylvania University Press 2023)

Hostile Homelands: The New Alliance Between India and Israel by Azad Essa (Pluto Press 2023)

Human Migration and the Refugee Crisis: Origins and Global Impact by Eliot Dickinson (ABC-CLIO 2023)

Humane Ecologies: Eight Positions by Robert Wiesenberger (Yale University Press 2023)

Imagined Geographies in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Beyond by Dimitri Kastritsis, Anna Stavrakopoulou, Angus Stewart (Harvard University Press 2023)

Indigenous Ingenuity: A Celebration of Traditional North American Knowledge by Deidre Havrelock and Edward Kay (AK Press 2023)

Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy by Corinne Goria (Haymarket Books 2023)

Land Sickness by Nikolaj Schultz (Polity Books 2023)

Landscape and Authority in the Early Modern World by Stephen H. Whiteman (Pennsylvania University Press 2023)

The Left in China: A Political Cartography by Ralf Ruckus (Pluto Press 2023)

Life Beyond Waste: Work and Infrastructure in Urban Pakistan by Waqas H. Butt (Stanford University Press 2023)

MANAGING NORTHERN EUROPE’S FORESTS: Histories from the Age of Improvement to the Age of Ecology by K. Jan Oosthoek and Richard Hölzl (Berghahn Books 2023)

Mother Cow, Mother India by Yamini Narayanan (Stanford University Press 2023)

Musicology of Religion: Theories, Methods, and Directions by Guy L. Beck (SUNY Press 2023)

Not Too Late: Changing the Climate Story from Despair to Possibility by Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young Lutunatabua (Haymarket Books 2023)

Oh, Serafina!: A Fable of Ecology, Lunacy, and Love by Giuseppe Berto (Rutgers University Press 2023)

On-Board Processing for Satellite Remote Sensing Images by Guoqing Zhou (Routledge 2023)

On the Turtle’s Back by Camilla Townsend, Nicky Kay Michael (Rutgers University Press 2023)

One State: The Only Democratic Future for Palestine-Israel by Ghada Karmi (Pluto Press 2023)

Organized Environmental Crime: Black Markets in Gold, Wildlife, and Timber by Daan van Uhm (ABC-CLIO 2023)

Ottoman Passports: Security and Geographic Mobility, 1876-1908 by İlkay Yılmaz (Syracuse University Press 2023)

Paradoxes of Emancipation: Radical Imagination and Space in Neoliberal Greece by Dimitris Soudias (Syracuse University Press 2023)

The Practice of Collective Escape by Helen Traill (Bristol University Press 2023)

RE/SISTERS: A Lens on Gender and Ecology by Alona Pardo (Prestel Publishing 2023)

Religion and World Civilization: How Faith Shaped Societies from Antiquity to the Present by Andrew Holt (ABC-CLIO 2023)

Relocating the Sacred: African Divinities and Brazilian Cultural Hybridities by Niyi Afolabi (SUNY Press 2023)

Retail Ruins: The Ghosts of Post-Industrial Spectacle by Jacob C. Miller (Bristol University Press 2023)

Russia’s War by Jade McGlynn (Polity Books 2023)

Salvage Poetics: Post-Holocaust American Jewish Folk Ethnographies by Sheila E. Jelen (Wayne University Press 2023)

Shareholder Cities: Land Transformations Along Urban Corridors in India by Sai Balakrishnan (Pennsylvania University Press 2023)

Statelessness, governance, and the problem of citizenship by Tendayi Bloom and Lindsey N. Kingston (Manchester University Press 2023)

The Sun: Source of Light in Art by Ortrud Westheider (Editor), Michael Philipp (Editor), Daniel Zamani (Editor) (Prestel Publishing 2023)

Syncretic Shrines and Pilgrimages: Dynamics of Indian Nationalism by Karan Singh (Routledge 2023)

War Remains: Ruination and Resistance in Lebanon by Yasmine Khayyat (Syracuse University Press 2023)

Waste of the World: Consumption, Economies and the Making of the Global Waste Problem by Nicky Gregson (Bristol University Press 2023)

A World Without Soil: The Past, Present, and Precarious Future of the Earth Beneath Our Feet by Jo Handelsman (Yale University Press 2023)


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