Lisa Benton-Short

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Lisa Benton-Short

Professor of Geography

Global Equity and Social Justice


Office Phone: (202) 994-6188
2036 H St NW, Room 205 Washington, DC 20052

Office Hours
Zoom: Tuesdays 10:00am - 11:00am
In-person: Tuesdays 4:00pm - 5:00pm

and by appointment


Professor Lisa Benton-Short published an article about the role of the National Mall in presidential inaugurations in The Conversation. 

Professor Lisa Benton-Short was awarded the 2016 John Brinkerhoff Jackson Prize for her book The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space. She is only the second woman to win the award. The Jackson Prize was established to encourage and reward American geographers who write books about the United States which convey the insights of professional geography in language that is interesting and attractive to a lay audience. The Jackson Prize of the AAG is dedicated to encouraging the kind of thinking and writing to which J. B. Jackson devoted much of his life: to encourage Americans to look thoughtfully at the human geography of their own country and to convey that understanding to the public at large.

Monuments, Memorials and Public Space 
National Parks in Cities
Environmental Issues in cities
Urban Sustainability 
Cities and Immigration

GEOG 1001 - Human Geography
GEOG 2140 - Cities & Society 
GEOG 3143 - Urban Sustainability
GEOG 3810 - Building Cities
GEOG 6243 - Seminar on US Cities 
GEOG 6244 - Seminar on Urban Sustainability

Benton-Short, L.M. 2023. Sustainability and Sustainable Development: An Introduction. Rowman and Littlefield: New York.

Benton-Short, L.M. 2016. The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space. University of Toronto Press.

Benton-Short, L (editor).  2013. Cities of North America: Contemporary challenges in US and Canadian Cities.  Rowman and Littlefield: New York.

Benton-Short, L.M. and J.R. Short. 2013. Cities & Nature, Second Edition. New York: Routledge and London.

M. Price and Benton-Short, L.M. (editors) 2008. Migrants to the Metropolis: the Rise of Immigrant Gateway Cities. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.

Benton, L.M. and J.R. Short (editors). 2001. Environmental Discourses: a Reader. Oxford: Blackwell.

Benton, L.M. and J.R. Short. 1999. Environmental Discourses and Practice. Oxford: Blackwell.

Ph.D. (Syracuse)