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Full name: Patrick Alles
Degree Program: Ph.D.  (Human Geography)

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Previous degrees and universities: B.S. Michigan State University; M.A Wayne State University
Primary Advisor: Dan Knudsen

Full name: Jimmy Andrade
Degree Program: M.A. (Human Geography)

Office: Student Bldg. 304
Office Phone:812-855-4109
Email: jhandrad

Full name: Lynette Anigbo
Degree Program: M.A. (Human Geography)

Office: SB 017
Office Phone:812-856-1226
Email: lanigbo

Previous degrees and universities: BA, Indiana University
Primary Advisor: Professor Dan Knudsen

Full name: Angela Babb
Degree Program: M.A. (Human Geography)

Office: SB210
Office Phone: 812-855-2237
Email: ababb

Previous Degrees and Universities:  BS, Indiana University

Primary Advisor: Daniel Knudsen
Research Interest:  Community Food Security, Urban Food Deserts, Local Food Networks

Full name: Kate Bishop
Degree Program: Ph.D. (Human-Environment Interaction)

Office: SB210
Office Phone: 812-855-2237
Email: cpbishop

Previous degrees and universities:BA, French, Bates College, 1998; MA, Anthropology, Indiana University, 2011

Research Interests:  West Africa, material culture, technology transfer, development, political ecology
Thesis Topic (dissertation and previous theses titles):  African Occasional Textiles
Primary Advisor:  Professor Rebecca Lave

Fellowships, grants, honors etc.:  Center for the Study of Global Change FLAS for the study of Portuguese (2008/9, 2009/10, 2010/11); Mathers Museum Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship (2009); Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (2010); Office of the Vice President of International Affairs Summer Pre-Dissertation Travel Grant (2011)


Full name: Rebecca Clouser
Degree Program: Ph.D. (Human Geography)

Office: Student Bldg. 304
Office Phone: 812-855-4109
Email: rclouser

Rebecca ClouserPrevious degrees and universities: M.A., Earth Science, Ball State University; B.A., Telecommunications at Ball State University
Research interests: development, cultural geography, landscape, Latin
America (Guatemala), emotional geographies, fear
Thesis topic: (dissertation and previous theses titles): Dissertation (in progress): Interrelations between Fear and Development Work in Guatemala: A Multi-Perspective Analysis
Primary Advisor: Dr. Jim Biles/ Dr. Dan Knudsen
Fellowships, grants, honors etc.:
College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Year Fellowship (2011)
Alumni Associate Instructor Teaching Award (2011)
Latin American Fellowship, Office for the Vice President of International Affairs, Indiana University (2011)
John H. Edwards Fellowship, Indiana University (2009-2010)
National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (2010-2011)
Summer Foreign Language Areas Studies Fellowship for the Study of the K’iche’ language (Summer 2008)
Tinker Field Research Grant (Summer 2008)
International Enhancement Grant, Office of International Programs, Indiana University (Summer 2008)
Indiana University Department of Geography Departmental Graduate Fellowship Award (Spring 2008)
Indiana University Geography Department Chairman’s Graduate Student Recognition Award for Outstanding Academic Performance (2008, 2009)

Extracurricular interests: Graduate Student Representative for Faculty Meetings (2008-2009), Geography Department, Indiana University; Department of Geography Colloquium Committee member (Fall 2009), Indiana University; Organizational committee member for Landscape, Place, and Space Conference, Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference (Spring 2008 and Spring 2009), Indiana University

Full name: Edgar Espinoza
Degree Program: Ph.D. (GIS)

Office: Student Bldg. 304
Office Phone:812-855-4109
Email: edgaespi

Full name: Hamed Gholizadeh
Degree Program: Ph.D. (GIS)

Office: MSB II 344A
Office Phone:812-855-4109
Email: hgholiza

Full name: Leif Hagglund
Degree Program: M.A. (Human-Environment Interaction)

Office: SB 017
Office Phone: 812-856-1226
Email: lahagglu

Leif Hagglund Previous degrees and universities: BA Indiana University (Fine Arts)
Research interests: Human/Urban Ecology, Sustainable Systems, Economy
Thesis topic: Ecological Footprints, Sustainability, and the Urban Landscape
Primary Advisor: Charles Greer
Extracurricular interests: Music, Homesteading, Culture

Full name: Kari Hicks
Degree Program: M.A. (Human-Environment Interaction)

Office: Student Bldg. 017
Office Phone:812-856-1226
Email: karhicks

Full name: Zuoning Jiang
Degree Program: Ph.D. (Geographic Information Science)

Office: MSB II, Rm. 342A
Office Phone: 812-855-6004
Email: jiang4

Zuoning JiangPrevious degrees and universities: B.S., Geology, Jilin University, China, 2007; M.S., Earth Sciences, IUPUI, 2009
Research interests: Remote sensing modeling of vegetation water content, evapotranspiration, and photosynthesis processes.
Fellowships, grants, honors etc.: 2009-Travel Fellowship, Graduate School, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis ($800); 2009-Travel Award, School of Science Graduate Student Council, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis ($600);
2007-2009-Dr. Arthur Mirsky Fellowship, School of Science, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Full name: Sara Johnson
Degree Program: M.S. (Climate and Environmental Change)

Office: SB 017
Office Phone: 812-856-1226
Email: sej6

Previous degrees and universities: B.S. from University of Oklahoma, B.A. from Kean University
Primary Advisor: Scott Robeson

Full name: Will Levin
Degree Program: M.A. (Human-Environment Interaction)

Office: SB 017
Office Phone: 812-856-1226
Email: wlevin

Previous degrees and universities: B.A. from Reed College
Primary Advisor: Rebecca Lave

Full name: Frank Marshalek
Degree Program: Ph.D. (Human Geography)

Office: N/A
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Email: fmarshal

Frank MarshalekPrevious degrees and universities: B.A. with Honors in Psychology and Sociology from Indiana University, Master of Public Affairs, IU.
Research interests: Political Economy of Latin America, Political Economy of the European Union
Thesis topic: (dissertation and previous theses titles): "Cuban Economic Reform: Small Businesses, Informal Networks, Remittances and Household Decision-Making"
Primary Advisor: Dennis Conway
Extracurricular interests: Foreign Languages, Travel, Sports

Full name: Trevis Matheus
Degree Program: M.S. (Climate and Environmental Change)

Office: MSB II
Office Phone:
Email: tmatheus

Full name: Paul McCord
Degree Program: Ph.D. (Human-Environment Interaction)

Office: Student Bldg. 017
Office Phone: 812-856-1226
Email: pamccord

Full name: Cameron P. Meyer
Degree Program: M.A. (Human Geography)

Office: Student Bldg. 210
Office Phone: 812-855-2237
Email: cpmeyer

Cameron P. MeyerPrevious degrees and universities: B.A. Geography from Oklahoma State University, 2008
Research interests: Outdoor Recreation, Cultural Identity, Landscape Creation and Change
Thesis topic: (tentative): Mountain Biking as a Driver of Place Creation
Primary Advisor: Dan Knudsen
Fellowships, grants, honors etc.: John F. Rooney Scholarship for the Outstanding Junior in the Dept. of Geography, Spring 2008
Extracurricular interests: Mountain biking, cooking, drinking good beer & listening to good music

Full name: Michael D Perkins

Degree Program: Ph.D. (Human-Environment Interaction)

Office: Student Bldg. 304
Office Phone: 812-855-4109
Email: micdperk

Michael D. Perkins Previous Degrees and Universities:  BS, Environmental Science, Morehead State University, 2005; MA, International Affairs, Ohio University, 2008

Research interests: Agroecology, Restoration Ecology, Political Ecology, Social Justice, Tropical Forests
Primary Advisor: Dr. Rinku Roy Chowdhury
Extracurricular interests: Climbing, Cooking, Chess

Full name: Curtis Pomilia
Degree Program: M.A. (Human-Environment Interaction)

Office: Student Bldg. 107
Office Phone: 812-856-1226
Email: czpomili

Previous degrees and universities: BA, Indiana University
Primary Advisor: Rebecca Lave

Full name: Susan Powell
Degree Program: M.A. (Human-Environment Interaction)

Office: Student Bldg. 210
Office Phone: 812-855-2237
Email: suspowel

Susan Powell Previous degrees and universities: MLS, Indiana University, 2010; BA, Geology, Oberlin College, 2004
Research interests: political ecology of natural resource extraction; Mongolian environmental issues; geospatial metadata; transportation systems
Thesis topic: (tentative): small-scale gold mining in Mongolia
Primary Advisor: Rebecca Lave
Fellowships, grants, honors etc.: 2009-10 & 2010-11 Academic Year FLAS recipient
Extracurricular interests: hiking, baking, gardening

Full name: Philip David Roth
Degree Program: Ph.D. (Human Geography)

Office: N/A
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Email: pdroth

Philip David Roth Previous degrees and universities: B.A. Anthropology, Grinnell College (1990); Masters in Regional Planning, UNC-Chapel Hill (1992)
Research interests: Transport Geography and Policy, Urban Geography and Planning, Discrete Choice Modeling, Activity Modeling
Thesis topic: (dissertation and previous theses titles): Activity Scheduling and Travel Demand
Primary Advisor: Bill Black
Extracurricular interests: Geek stuff: Children's science projects, "The Big Bang Theory", science fiction, computer RPG

Full name: Amy Savener
Degree Program: Ph.D. (Human Geography)

Office: Student Bldg. 210
Office Phone: 812-855-2237
Email: savener

Amy Miller GrayPrevious degrees and universities: Master of Community Planning, University of Cincinnati; Bachelor of Arts, University of Arizona
Research interests: tourism in impoverished areas, effects of rapid growth, demographic change
Thesis topic: (dissertation and previous theses titles): Indigenous Control of Tourism in Kuna Yala, Panama
Primary Advisor: Dan Knudsen
Extracurricular interests: Travel, genealogy, language, historiography, autobiography

Full name: Jacob Schumacher
Degree Program: M.A. (Human-Environment Interaction/GIS)

Office: SB 017
Office Phone: 812-856-1226
Email: jacschum

Jacob Schumacher Previous degrees and universities: B.A.'s in Geography & History from Indiana University
Research interests: Sustainable transportation, Urban geography, Food sovereignty, GIS
Thesis topic: (dissertation and previous theses titles): Bicycle infrastructure
Primary Advisor: Dr. Tom Evans
Extracurricular interests: Biking, reading, traveling, music, ultimate frisbee

Full name: Nitasha Sharma
Degree Program: Ph.D. (Human-Environment Interaction)

Office: Student Bldg. 304
Office Phone: 812-855-4109
Email: nitashar

Full name: Nicholas Ryan Vaughn
Degree Program: Ph.D. (Human-Environment Interaction)

Office: Student Bldg. 210
Office Phone: 812-855-2237
Email: nrvaughn

Nicholas Ryan VaughnPrevious degrees and universities: M.A. in Geography, California State University, Fullerton; B.A. in Geography, California State University, Fullerton
Research interests: Human-Environment Interaction, Economic Geography, Political Ecology
Thesis topic: Current research: Agave tequilana production in West-Central Mexico
Masters' Thesis Title: The Emergence of Vietnam as a Leading Coffee Producer
Primary Advisor: Dr. Rinku Roy Chowdhury
Extracurricular interests: reading, hiking, and playing with my dog.

FULL NAME: Elizabeth S. Vidon

DEGREE PROGRAM: Ph.D. (Human Geography)

Office: N/A
Office Phone: N/A
Email: evidon

Previous degrees and universities: BA, Appalachian State University;
MA York University
Research interests: Landscape and Identity, Indigenous populations, Inuit of the Nunavut Territory, Influence of ‘modern’ society on relationships between indigenous peoples and the land, Landscape change, Intergenerational conflict among the Inuit
Thesis topic: Intergenerational Conflict and the Land: Processes of Identity Change Among the Inuit of Iqaluit
Primary Advisor: Dr. Dan Knudsen
Fellowships, grants, honors etc.: Geography Department Alumni Associate Instructor Teaching Award, Indiana University Geography Department Chairman’s Graduate Student Recognition Award, Women in Science Program (WISP) Indiana University Travel Grant, The World is our Classroom: Transforming Introductory Human Geography. Indiana University Office for Professional Development, $75,000. With O. Dwyer., Increasing Students’ Conceptualization, Visualization, and Comprehension Skills: An Examination of “The GeoWall” and its Uses in 100 Level Classrooms. Indiana University Office for Professional Development, $5000.
Extracurricular interests: Traveling, hiking, skiing, rock climbing, learning new languages, reading, kayaking, skydiving, spending lots of time in Yummersville.

Full name: Lei Xu
Degree Program: Ph.D. (Human Geography)

Office: N/A
Office Phone: N/A
Email: xul

Previous degrees and universities: B.S. Civil Aviation University of China, M.A. Indiana University
Research interests: Migration and gender equality; demography and population study, especially, Spatial demography; education inquiry; cross culture training and adaptation
Primary Advisor: Dennis Conway