Department News Highlights (Academic Year 2017-2018)


  • In March 2018, we updated our department name to The Department of Geography and Environment 
  • Our department is ranked 26th in the U.S. in the 2018 World University Rankings


  • New hires: Lisa Kelley joined the Dept. as part of the College of Social Sciences' Sustainability cluster
  • Promotions: Reece Jones and Dr. Qi Chen are promoted to full professor 


  • Brandon Rossi won the 2018 Bowers Memorial Award, which is given to the outstanding graduating BA student each year. 
  • Kerrie Littlejohn, PhD, won the 2018 Wiens Memorial Award, which is given to the outstanding graduating MA or PhD student each year. 
  • Azmeary Ferdoush, PhD candidate, won the 2018 Outstanding Graduate Publication Award for his paper "Seeing Borders through the Lens of Structuration" in Geo Politics Journal.
  • Katie Taladay, PhD student, won the 2018 ASPRS Pacific SW Chapter Scholarship.

UH Geography and Environment PhD Candidate Laura Williams was awarded the RCUH Graduate Fellowship and the AAUW Honolulu Branch Scholarship to support her dissertation research on resettled refugee and peri-urban agriculture in Portland. Congrats, Laura!

UH Geography and Environment alumni Dr. Jack Kittinger is profiled here for his work on sustainable seafood @peopledseas

UH Geography and Environment PhD student Laura Williams was elected as the student rep for the AAG Food and Agriculture Specialty group. Congrats, Laura!

PhD candidate Jacob Henry has a book review in the latest issue of the Journal of Namibian Studies on Amukugo's "Democracy and Education in Namibia and Beyond." Jacob's research examines the geographies of schooling and development

On the Big Island today making plans for our revived geography field school

UH Geography and Environment PhD candidate Henry Szadziewski wrote an op-ed in the Honolulu @StarAdvertiser on Uyghur scholars in China @henrykszad

UH Geography and Environment Professor Reece Jones published a new article in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space: "Rethinking Borders, Violence, and Conflict: From Sovereign Power to Boderscapes as Sites of Struggle" with Chiara Brambilla

UH Geography and Environment MA Student Myles Ritchie's research on exceptional trees in Hawai'i is featured in @atlasobscura

Recent PhD graduate @benschrager will be a JSPS postdoc at the University of Kyoto in the Philosophy of Agricultural Science Lab in the fall. Congrats, Ben!

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