Marissa Isaak

About Marissa Isaak

Marissa is a Ph.D. candidate in Geography with special interests in water governance, political geography, political ecology, science and technology studies, and the Middle East.  She is now conducting field research toward her dissertation.  In previous years, she has held a research positions at the Institute of the Environment and the Water Resources Research Center.

Marissa's dissertation research is supported by a Pruitt Fellowship from the Society of Women Geographers, she has an Israel Scholar Award from AICE, and was featured as a WRRC Student Spotlight.

Marissa is currently living in Brooklyn, NY.

Research Interests

Marissa's current research interests include: political geography, water governance, Middle East geography, science and technology studies, feminist theory, desalination, climate change adaptation.

Past research topics include: landscapes of militarism, identity formation through civics education.

Selected Publications

Hardwick, Susan W., Rebecca Marcus and Marissa Isaak. 2010. Education and national identity in a comparative context. National Identities. 12(3):253-268.

Pallant, Eric, Clive Lipchin, and Marissa Isaak. 2007. Introduction.  In Integrated Water Resources Management and Security in the Middle East, ed. Clive Lipchin, Eric Pallant, Danielle Saranga and Allyson Amster. Springer E-Books. Dordrecht: Springer.

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Contact Information

Marissa Isaak


M.A. in Geography from University of Oregon

B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Claremont McKenna College

Dissertation Title

Working title: Water From Water: Sustainable Desalination in the Promised Land?

Courses Taught

Courses Taught and Designed as Instructor of Record:

- Intro to Geography: spring 2017 at Hunter College, CUNY

- Water Science and Society: fall 2016 at Hunter College, CUNY

- Intro to Geography: fall 2016 at Hunter College, CUNY

- Intro to Human Geography: spring 2015 at Medgar Evers College, CUNY

- World Regional Geography: summer 2014 online at University of Arizona

- Political Geography: summer 2011 at University of Arizona

- Geography of U.S. and Canada: summer 2008 at University of Oregon


Courses Taught as Teaching Assistant:

- Introduction to Human Geography

- Geography of U.S. and Canada

- Population and the Environment

- Science and Policy of Watershed Management

- Geography of Pacific Asia