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Exclusively for alumni, the Department of Geography newsletter features alumni and department updates, as well as event information. If you are one of our alumni, update your contact information with the GW Office of Alumni Relations to start receiving this and other exclusive alumni benefits. 

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Geography Department News

A road in the Irkutsk region of Russia is built on thawing permafrost with logs used to stabilize frozen ground. The horizon and

Arctic Researchers Partner with Indigenous Communities

Vera Kuklina, a research professor in Columbian College’s Department of Geography, will lead a team of researchers in a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded investigation of the shifting Arctic landscape’s impact on Indigenous peoples and local communities. The GW team will work with researchers from Alaska Pacific and Arizona State Universities and the Universities of Alaska Fairbanks, New Hampshire and Northern Iowa. The scientists will also partner with Alaskan and Russian residents directly dealing with the consequences of climate change.

Photos of Moses Kansanga and Aman Luthra

Geography Department Welcomes New Faculty

Dr. Moses Kansanga is a critical geographer whose research focuses on questions at the intersection of sustainable food systems and natural resource management from a political ecology perspective. Dr. Aman Luthra’s research interests include political ecology, Marxist political economy, urban planning and development studies.
Dorn C McGrath

In Memoriam: A Tribute to GW Geography Professor Emeritus Dorn C. McGrath, Jr 

It is with great sadness that the Department of Geography announces the death of Professor Emeritus Dorn C. McGrath, Jr. on January 25, 2021.  Professor McGrath taught for 35 years at GW, first in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and later in the Department of Geography. He chaired the Department of Geography from 1996 to 2003. Read the full Dorn McGrath Tribute.
Students at the 2018 Mapathon

Geography Students Chart Next Generation of Mappers

GW’s YouthMappers are leading new national initiatives to train students in mapping technology and expand opportunities for women in the geospatial community.
Amy MacKinnon and Natalie O'Dell

Joseph Dymond Award 2021

Congratulations to our inaugural Joseph Dymond Award recipients, Amy MacKinnon and Natalie O'Dell!


Special Events

2017 many Mapathon participants coding around a table


Hosted by a student group, Mapathons are held at least once each semester to contribute to international aid efforts. Using open-source mapping software, participants help map areas that are identified as at risk for or have recently experienced disasters. All members of the GW community are invited to join a Mapathon event — no experience required. 

Learn More About Mapathons

A group of GW and other students holding a trophy at the 2019 Geography Bowl

Geography Bowl

The American Association of Geographers hosts the annual World Geography Bowl, a quiz tournament featuring teams of undergraduate and graduate students from schools across the Mid-Atlantic region. The winning team and individuals win prizes, and all participants receive a travel stipend to offset expenses. 

Visit the Department of Geography Facebook page to see upcoming events and read recaps of past competitions and prizes. Contact the department to participate.



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