Research Areas

People, Place, and Identity

The human geography program at the University of Georgia is ranked in the top 20 programs in North America, and its faculty has been ranked as themost productive of any department in the nation.

More reasons why we're ranked so high

  • Urbanization and community processes
  • Social and environmental justice
  • Political participation and resistance
  • Migration and transnationalism
  • Globalization and workers
  • Nature and society

The research interests of the Human Geography faculty focus upon how economic, political, and social practices are shaped by place and location and how, in turn, such practices shape the ways in which economic, political, and social landscapes are produced. Although members of the faculty engage in empirical research upon a wide range of issues using a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches, they share a critical engagement with issues of social justice.

Faculty members conduct research in the areas of urbanization and community processes, social and environmental justice, political participation and resistance, migration and transnationalism, globalization and workers, and nature and scociety. The Human Geography faculty have conducted research in North America, the Czech and Slovak Republics, South Africa, Tanzania, Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ecuador, India, and China. The Human Geography program at the University of Georgia is ranked in the top 20 programs in North America, and its faculty has been ranked as the most productive of any department in the nation.

The Human Geography faculty has close linkages with several other departments and centers on campus, including the School of Public and International Affairs, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the African Studies Institute, the Women's Studies Institute, the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Sociology. Faculty members are also heavily involved in international education, running study abroad programs in Paris, Tanzania, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Australia, Croatia, and Egypt. Such programs involve both traditional classroom learning and service learning activities.

Human geography faculty members and their research interests

The Human Geography faculty consists of Drs. Andrew Herod, Nik Heynen, Steven Holloway, Hilda Kurtz, Amy Ross, Fausto Sarmiento, Amy Trauger, and Joshua Barkan.

Barkan, Joshua

Associate Professor

Research Interests

critical social theory; legal and economic geography; corporations and sovereignty; globalization and state theory

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Herod, Andrew J.

Distinguished Research Professor, Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology

Research Interests

Labor, Political Economy, Economic, Social Theory, and Qualitative Methods

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Heynen, Nik

Professor

Research Interests

Urban Geography, Urban Political Ecology; Environmental Justice; Urban Social Movements; Studies of Race, Class, Gender; Science and Technology Studies; Hunger/Food Studies

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Holloway, Steven R.

Professor and Department Head

Research Interests

Urban, Race and Racialization, Inequality, Housing, Labor, Urban Nature

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Kurtz, Hilda E.

Professor

Research Interests

Environmental justice, politics of scale, gender and social movements

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Ross, Amy J.

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Human rights and wrongs, international justice, geographies of justice, international institutions and the global civil society, genocide, the spatiality of violence.

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Sarmiento, Fausto O.

Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator

Research Interests

Neotropical mountains, biogeography, political ecology and cultural landscapes

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