Departmental Faculty

Kevin Anchukaitis

Associate Professor

Chair, Global Change Graduate Interdisciplinary Program

  • Climatology and Paleoclimatology
  • Dendrochronology
  • Earth systems geography

Jeffrey Banister

Director, Southwest Center

Associate Research Social Scientist

Research Professor

Greg Barron-Gafford

Associate Professor

Associate Director of the Community and School Garden Program

  • Climate variability & change
  • Water-energy-food nexus
  • Climate change adaptation
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Laurel Bellante

Assistant Professor of Practice

Director, Food Studies Degree Program

Assistant Director, Center for Regional Food Studies

Stephano Bloch

Stefano Bloch

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, Graduate Program in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory

  • Cultural geography
  • Critical criminology
  • Ethnographic research and writing
Gary Christopherson

Gary Christopherson

Associate Professor of Practice

Director, Center for Applied Spatial Analysis

  • Geographic information systems and science
  • Near Eastern archeology
  • Spatial analysis
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Andrew Comrie

Director, School of Geography, Development & Environment


  • Climate and health/disease vectors
  • Climate variability of the Southwest
  • Higher education leadership & management
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Andrew Curley

Assistant Professor

  • indigenous geography
  • resources and development
  • water rights and infrastructure
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Tom Evans


  • Coupled human-natural systems
  • Environmental governance
  • Food and water security

Andrea K. Gerlak


  • Water governance and policy
  • Global environmental policy
  • Groundwater management
JP Jones III

John Paul Jones III

Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Professor of Geography

Douglass Building, Room 200W
Jason Jurjevich

Jason Jurjevich

Associate Professor of Practice

  • Population geography
  • Migration and mobility
  • Urban geography

Mark Kear

Assistant Professor

  • Financial geography
  • Urban geography
  • Biopolitics
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Yoga Korgaonkar

Assistant Professor of Practice

  • Urban hydrology
  • Green infrastructure
  • Hydrologic modeling
Diana Liverman

Diana Liverman

Regents' Professor

  • Climate impacts
  • Vulnerability and adaptation
  • Political economy and political ecology

Chris Lukinbeal

Associate Professor

Director of GIST Programs

  • Cultural geography
  • Cartography
  • Visual culture
Sallie Marston

Sallie Marston


Director, Community and School Garden Program

Jennifer Mason

Assistant Professor of Practice

Orhon Myadar

Associate Professor

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Lise Nelson

Associate Professor

  • Migration and citizenship
  • Feminist geography
  • Critical development studies
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Dereka Rushbrook

Associate Professor of Practice

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Fernando Sanchez

Assistant Professor of Practice

Coordinator, MS-GIST & P-GIST

  • Spatial statistical methods
  • Geospatial technologies
  • GIS applications

Katherine Snyder


Director, Master's Program in Development Practice

Beth Tellman

Assistant Professor (Starting in August 2021)

  • Human-Environment interactions and global change
  • land use and flood risks
  • vulnerability

Willem van Leeuwen

Professor, SGDE and SNRE

Director, Arizona Remote Sensing Center

Chair, Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis GIDP

  • Remote sensing
  • Earth System Resources
  • Science and decision making
 Margaret Wilder

Margaret Wilder

Associate Professor

School of Geography, Development & Environment (SGDE) and Center for Latin American Studies (LAS)

Affiliated Faculty, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy

Executive Committee, Arid Lands Resource Sciences (ALRS)

  • Critical human-environment
  • Political ecology
  • Water governance

Connie Woodhouse


  • Climatology
  • Science and decision making
  • Water resources