I am currently involved in two main areas of work, feminist/gender studies and projects related to graduate education in geography. The feminist work is both geographic and interdisciplinary.My long-term research looks at the ways in which gender has shaped the development of geographic institutions and women's experiences within them. I also find it very interesting to examine how feminist geography has been situated internationally. Working with Gender Commission of the International Geographical Union I have been able to pursue this research while establishing collaborations and friendships in a number of parts of the world.
The interdisciplinary work reflects my association with the Southwest Institute for Research on Women, which I directed for over two decades. There projects addressed women's employment, education, health, and culture. They involved collaborations across the Southwest and in northwestern Mexico with researchers and community agencies. At SIROW we also encouraged science-math education for girls and bringing women's studies and international studies together.
Much of my work in geography education has been concerned with university teaching and graduate education. I have contributed to the Geography Faculty Development Alliance, which mentors early career faculty, and currently co-principal investigator for the Association of American Geographer's (AAG) EDGE projects that are researching career opportunties and professional development for MA and PhD students. We are also creating resources for departments and students. At the University of Arizona, I co-ordinate a professional development course for graduate students that connects with my work for EDGE.
The work with the AAG also reflects my long-term connections in its activities. I was privileged to serve as AAG President in 2001-2002 and now as a Senior Fellow I am coordinating a program to engage retired geographers in support of the profession.