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Below is a directory of current faculty in the Geography Department. Click on the name or photo of the faculty member for more information about that individual.

Lawrence Band
Voit Gilmore Distinguished Professor
Office: Saunders 307
work(919) 962-3921 (phone)
Watershed hydrology, ecology & geomorphology, GIS, remote sensing
Stephen Birdsall
Office: Saunders 223
work(919) 962-3918 (phone)
Social, landscapes & values, North America
Xiaodong Chen
Assistant Professor
Office: Saunders 319-C
work(919) 843-6326 (phone)
Human-environment interactions, systems modeling and simulation, conservation ecology, environmental policy, GIS, China
Altha Cravey
Associate Professor
Office: Saunders 309
work(919) 962-5157 (phone)
Latin America, social theory, third world development
Michael Emch
Professor and Chair
Office: Saunders 326
work(919)843-1010 (phone)
Medical geography, spatial epidemiology, health & environment, GIS
Clark Gray
Assistant Professor
Office: Saunders 308
work(919) 962-3876 (phone)
Population, environment and development; survey and statistical methods
Banu Gökarıksel
Associate Professor
Office: Saunders 307
work(919) 843-5835 (phone)
Cultural, feminist political geography; religion, secularism, pluralism; identity and subject formation; bodies and embodiment; Turkey, the Middle East
Elizabeth Havice
Assistant Professor
Office: Saunders 324
work(919) 962-3414 (phone)
Political economy, political ecology, international development, commodity studies, agrarian studies, environmental politics, natural resources, property, corporate power, science studies
Scott Kirsch
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Office: Saunders 306
work(919) 962-3874 (phone)
Historical, cultural, & political geography; history of science; social theory
Chip Konrad
Associate Professor
Office: Saunders 305
work(919) 962-3873 (phone)
Climatology, climate change, meteorology
Christian Lentz
Assistant Professor
Office: Saunders 319B
work(919) 843-7359 (phone)
Development, state formation, nationalism, nature-society relations, agrarian studies, Southeast Asia
Jun Liang
Lecturer and GIS Technician
Office: Saunders 218
work(919) 962-3872 (phone)
GIS, Programming, Cartography, Urban Modeling, Remote Sensing
Nina Martin
Associate Professor
Office: Saunders 224
work(919) 962-3916 (phone)
Urban geography, global cities, civil society, migration, labor markets and economic development
Aaron Moody
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Office: Saunders 211
work(919) 962-5303 (phone)
Conservation, Landscape Ecology, Biogeography, Remote Sensing, GIS
Elizabeth Ann Olson
Associate Professor
Office: Saunders 225
work(919) 962-6816 (phone)
Development practices; normativity and moral geographies; participatory methodologies; religion and secularization; youth, class and precarity.
Lauren Persha
Assistant Professor
Office: Saunders 319-A
work(919) 843-4497 (phone)
Conservation and development, social-ecological systems, institutional analysis, environmental governance, forest ecology, political ecology, East Africa
John Pickles
Earl N. Phillips Distinguished Professor of International Studies
Office: Saunders 219
work(919) 962-3919 (phone)
Globalization, economic geography, regional development, post-socialism, social and cultural theory, counter-cartographies.
Alvaro Reyes
Assistant Professor
Office: Saunders 217
work(919) 962-3922 (phone)
Political Geography, Black Geographies, Racialization and Socio-Territorial Movements in the Americas, Decolonization, and Critical Theory.
Diego Riveros-Iregui
Assistant Professor
Office: 327 Saunders Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
work(919) 962-6814 (phone)
Ecohydrology, watershed hydrology, biogeochemistry, land-atmosphere interactions, tropical hydrology, climate and land use/land cover change
Sara Smith
Assistant Professor
Office: Saunders 222
work(919) 962-3875 (phone)
Political, cultural, and feminist geography; intimacy, territory, and bodies; health politics; geopolitical subject formation; Ladakh; Jammu and Kashmir; South Asia
Conghe Song
Office: Saunders 310
work(919) 843-4764 (phone)
Remote sensing, ecological modeling, forest ecosystems, land-cover/land-use change and climate change impacts on ecosystem functions, and GIS
Gabriela Valdivia
Assistant Professor
Office: Saunders 315
work919-962-3871 (phone)
Latin America; environment, identity and governance; critical resource geography; political ecology
Stephen Walsh
Lyle V. Jones Distinguished Professor
Office: Saunders 318
Department of Geography
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
work(919) 962-3867 & (919) 962-0927 (phone)
Human-Environment Interactions, Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Simulation Models
Erika Wise
Assistant Professor
Office: Saunders 325
work(919) 843-4762 (phone)
Climatology, dendrochronology, water resources
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