Garrett Nelson Postdoctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows

Garrett is a historical geographer who became interested in studying the connection between social life and landscape transformation after taking courses on the history of landscape architecture as a Social Studies major at Harvard College. Garrett spent a year studying transitional urban planning in post-socialist Albania before completing a master’s degree in Landscape and Culture at the University of Nottingham as a UK Fulbright Scholar. He then completed a doctoral dissertation at the University of Wisconsin–Madison which focused on debates about what kinds of “unit” areas are best suited for the political and technical work of planning.

Our Nation's Health Care System

It’s now common to refer to health plan members and patients alike as “health care consumers,” and to talk about the trend toward consumerism in U.S. health care. But what does that really mean — and is this mindset a good one to embrace? - See more at: https://blog.highmark.com/our-nations-health-care-system-a-conversation-with-abigail-neely/#sthash.SzYVx4XK.dpuf

Geography Welcomes Treva Ellison

Treva Ellison is an inter-disciplinary scholar whose research focuses on criminalization, carceral geographies, and social movements in the United States with an emphasis on gender and sexuality. Treva’s writing appears in places such as Transgender Studies Quarterly, Feminist Wire, and Scholar and Feminist Online. Treva is currently working on their manuscript project, Towards a Politics of Perfect Disorder: Carceral Geographies, Queer Criminality, and Other Ways to Be, which historicizes the production of and resistance to queer criminality in Los Angeles in order to examine the dynamic interplay between criminalization, identity politics, and place-making. Treva earned their doctorate in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California in 2015.

New Postdoctoral Fellow Patricia Lopez

Tish Lopez is a postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography.  Her work emerges at the intersections of health and development, citizenship, and militarism. In particular, she investigates the ways in which citizenship, through health and development and military interventions, has been transnationalized, or, unmoored from its traditional framing through the state. While health and development programs are often understood to be apolitical, in her work, she argues that they are deeply political and disrupt citizens’ rights to make claims on or through their own governments. The majority of her work has focused on U.S. and international military interventions in Haiti over the past 100 years, with special focus on the first occupation of Haiti (1915-1934) and the immediate aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. She is currently finalizing a co-edited volume with Kathryn A.

Dartmouth to Offer a New Course: “#BlackLivesMatter”

In a new spring-term course, Dartmouth students will investigate questions of race, inequality, and violence that arose last summer following the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

The class, called “10 Weeks, 10+ Professors: #BlackLivesMatter,” will be taught by close to 20 faculty from about a dozen departments and could be a model for future cross-disciplinary courses.

“The benefit of this course is that we will be able to offer a comprehensive look at one topic across a wide range of disciplines,” says Denise Anthony, a sociology professor and the vice provost for academic initiatives, who will be among the course faculty. “This course could be a template for future multidisciplinary classes on subjects such as terrorism, the brain, the Arctic, and the financial crisis.”

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New #BlackLivesMatter Class

The school will offer a course this spring titled “10 Weeks, 10+ Professors: #BlackLivesMatter,” examining structural violence against communities of color. The lessons in the pilot course will be split into 15 sections that span more than 10 academic departments, including — but not limited to —  anthropology, history, women’s and gender studies, mathematics and English, according to The Dartmouth.

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Wetlands Restoration: A Give and Take Proposition

Wetlands giveth and wetlands taketh away. On one hand, wetlands are a sink, locking up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. On the other, wetlands release methane, another greenhouse gas. Jaclyn Hatala Matthes studies this duality, its causes, effects, and potential solutions.

“We are trying to measure the tradeoffs between CO2 (carbon dioxide) uptake and methane release when you are restoring wetlands,” says Matthes, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program.

Matthes, who joined Dartmouth on July 1, came to Hanover after a year as a postdoc at Boston University following her PhD work at the University of California, Berkeley. Her enthusiasm for Dartmouth is scarcely contained. “This is my dream job—a fantastic institution, well supported, and the students are motivated and interested in environmental issues.

Indigenous Confluence: The Role of Indigenous Peoples in River Stewardship & Sustainable Futures

Coleen Fox (along with Professors Nick Reo and Dale Turner) participated in a research project called 'Indigenous Confluence: The Role of Indigenous Peoples inRiver Stewardship & Sustainable Futures'. The research project brings together representatives from Walpole Island First Nation, Waikato-Tanui (a Maori tribe from New Zealand), and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians to investigate the role of traditional ecological knowledge in river restoration.  The projects being carried out by the indigenous communities range from dam removals and pollution abatement to fisheries restoration.  The three communities met in Northern Michigan and Ontario in early September, and they will all travel to New Zealand later this year.