Dr. Selima Sultana


Dr. Selima Sultana

Selima Sultana



Urban and Transportation, Urban/Transport GIS, Race/Ethnicity, S. Asia


Ph.D., University of Georgia


A native of Bangladesh, Dr. Selima Sultana (PhD, 2000, Geography, University of Georgia) is a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies of Geography at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG). Her research foci are in the area of Urban and Transportation Geography interested in the commuting/travel patterns of individuals, households, and among different race/ethnic groups, focusing on how people negotiate the conflicting demands of household responsibilities and the changing urban settings of their lives. Dr. Sultana has authored an edited book and more than 40 scholarly articles and her work has appeared in leading geographical journal such as the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, The Professional Geographer, Journal of Transport Geography, Transport Policy, Tourism Geographies, Urban Geography, Urban Studies, Growth & Change, Southeastern Geographer, and in London School of Economics and Political Science’s (LSE) blog website. Her research has been supported by the Department of Transportation through the University Transportation Center of Alabama, Center for Sustainability at Auburn University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Guilford County Child Development.  Prior to appointment at UNCG, Dr. Sultana was an Assistant Professor at Auburn University. Dr. Sultana is currently working on several projects including transportation related energy use and Greenhouse Gas Emission, housing issues among immigrants, a book (co-authored with Dr. Joe Weber) on the National Parks. In sum, her research interests are in the following areas:

  • Commuting/Travel patterns and behaviors
  • School transportation
  • Sustainable urban form/Land Use
  • Accessibility and Transportation equity
  • Transportation and Energy
  • Geography of Race/Ethnicity
  • National Parks

Courses Taught

GES 302 – Urban Geography: Land Use
GES 304 – Introduction to Transportation Analysis
GES 322 – Research Methods in Geography
GES 412/612 – Geography of Livable Cities
GES 622 – GIS Applications in Urban Planning
GES 631 – Transportation Planning
GES 702 – Research Design