Students and Faculty Attend AAG Annual Meeting in Washington

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Students and Faculty Attend AAG Annual Meeting in Washington

Posted on April 10, 2019

Numerous faculty and students from the Department attended the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) in Washington, DC, from April 3-7. In addition to strong representation at the meeting, a number of students and faculty were recognized for their work or elected to leadership positions.


Joyce Clapp (Ph.D. candidate) received the best dissertation proposal award from the Ethnic Geography Specialty Group (EGSG) for her project entitled “Space is Freedom, Place is Security: An Intersectional Study of Queer Placemaking.” Joyce’s advisor is Dr. Sultana.   

Nastaran Pourebrahim (Ph.D. candidate) placed third in the John Odland Award competition, which is given by the Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SAM) specialty group.  She also received student travel awards from the Applied Geography Specialty Group (AGSG) and the Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SAM) specialty group. Nastaran’s advisor is Dr. Sultana.

Elected to leadership positions
Michele Abee (Ph.D. candidate) elected Secretary/Treasurer of the History of Geography Specialty Group

Jenny Berggren (Ph.D. student) elected as chair of the student paper competition of the European Specialty Group

Dr. Corey Johnson elected president of the European Specialty Group.

Dr. Wenliang “Will” Li elected Faculty Director for the AAG Remote Sensing Specialty Group

Josh Merced (Ph.D. student) elected to the following positions:
Secretary of the Graduate Student Affinity Group
Graduate Student Representative for the Study of the American South Specialty Group
Director At-Large for the Wine, Beer, and Spirits Specialty Group

In addition, Dr. Aaron Allen (Director of Environment & Sustainability) received AAG enrichment funds to attend the meeting as a non-geographer.

We are proud of all of these accomplishments as well as the large and visible contingent of UNCG geographers at the meeting!