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Alumni News

Doctoral Alumni

Safaa Karaki Aldwaik, MA '07, MA '10, PhD '12 has received the ESRI SAG Award 2015 for her GIS work with the City of Ramallah, Palestine. Safaa received her award from ESRI's president Mr. Jack Dangermond during the ESRI User Conference 2015 in San Diego on Wednesday, JUly 22, 2015. She is the Director of Geographic Information Science and Information Technology Department at Ramallah Municipality, Palestine.

Stephen Young, PhD '96, Prof. of Geography at Salem State University and his colleague Prof. Paul Kelly of the Biology Department at Salem State have their work Macro or Micro? Challenging our Perceptions of Scale featured in a special exhibit currently running this summer through September 30, 2015 at the Museum of Science Boston.

Andrew Schiller, PhD '01 was recently featured in the for his expanding business Location, Inc. on the addition of three new employees and the relocation of his company to the Shrewsbury Street business district. Location, Inc, involves big data assisting people to find the best place to live when relocating their families. Andrew started Location, Inc. while at Clark University.

Cindi Katz, PhD '86 received the James Blaut Memorial Award at the 2015 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in Chicago for scholarship, mentorship, and activism and delivered the Blaut Memorial Lecture.

Anthony Bebbington, PhD '90 and Director of the GSG, was awarded the 2015 AAG Distinguished Scholarship Honors for his "exceptional record of scholarly achievement and policy relevance in the fields of development studies, natural resource management, and sustainable livelihoods."

Connie L. Johnston '13 is a finalist for the J. Warren Nystrom Best Paper award for 2015 (presentation by finalists at the Chicago AAGs). A fund established by former AAG Executive Director J. Warren Nystrom supports an annual prize for a paper based upon a recent dissertation in geography.

Ann Oberhauser, PhD '88, Professor of Geography at West Virginia University, has been recognized by OECD, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Social Institutions and Gender Index for her work on women's rights and gender issues on the global stage.  Dr. Oberhauser is co-editor of Global Perspectives on Gender and Space: Engaging Feminism and Development, a book exploring the link between gender and global development.

Michele Masucci, PhD '87 has been named Vice Provost of Research at Temple University.

Hong Jiang, '97 has been named Director, Department of Geography, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Menzie McEachern, '05 was named Director of Petroleum Resources, Government of Northwest Territories, Canada

Director of the Graduate School of Geography, Anthony Bebbington,  PhD '90, as well as Marco Millones, PhD '11, Director of the Center for Geospatial Analysis at William and Mary, were invited to Peru at the invitiation of the Peruvian government to to present the results of their research funded by Oxfam

Jeffrey Mitchell, PhD '96 has been named the new director of the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

Tom Koch PhD '71 was recently asked about the Ebola outbreak epidemic in Liberia.  Tom's book, Disease Maps, has made him an expert in world disease epidemics.  read more

Alice Hovorka PhD '03 was the 2014 Jan Monk Distinguished Professor Lecturer. This speaker series honours Jan Monk's contributions to feminist geography. Each year a distinguished professor is invited to the University of Arizona (March 2014 in Tucson) to discuss the ever-evolving frontiers of feminist geography. Past speakers have included Melissa Wright, Richa Nagar, Cindi Katz, (PhD '86), Banu Gökariksel, Susan Hanson (Distinguished University Professor Emerita and past director GSG), Katherine Gibson, (PhD '81) and Julie Graham, (PhD '84). In addition, speakers present the Gender Place and Culture Jan Monk Distinguished Lecture at the meeting of the Association of American Geographers (April 2014 in Tampa Florida). The lecture is then published Gender Place and Culture (early 2015).

Megan Blake PhD '01 - At the University of Sheffield, UK was recently appointed to the editorial board of the Annals of the AAG (Association of American Geographers).

Rob Krueger, PhD '01 was recently named Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Instititute (WPI). read more

Ruth Fincher PhD '80 has the rare honor and distinction among Geographers to be named a Member of the Order of Australia.  Ruth was recognized during 2014 Australia Day Honours for her dedication to the promotion of geography. read more 

Christine (Chrys) Rodrigue PhD '87 a professor of geography at California State University, Long Beach teaches a class called The Geography of Mars and will celebrate this Thanksgiving Day November 28, 2013 as Red Planet Day.  read more

Vernon Domingo, PhD '80 was featured in the National Council for Geographic Education Newsletter in January 2013 for his work spreading the importance of teaching geography in our schools.  Vernon and his team of students from Bridgewater will bring their successful outreach program called EarthView to Clark University in October 2013 for the Annual Meeting of NESTVAL (New England St. Lawrence Valley Geographic Society) the regional arm of the AAG.  For more on EarthView  For more on NESTVAL 2013

Harvey Neo '07 became Editor of Geoforum in March 2013

Rinku Roy Chowdhury '03 was honored at Indiana University as Outstanding Junior Faculty in March 2013. The award will support cross-continental analyses of coastal mangroves in Mexico and Bangladesh. Read more

Bobby Wilson, PhD '74 a professor in the department of geography at The University of Alabama, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Presidential Achievement Award, given by the Association of American Geographers, for his career-long dedication to anti-racist scholarship in geography. read more

Daniel Weiner, PhD '87 has just been appointed Vice Provost of Global Affairs and Professor of Geography at the University of Connecticut. Dan begins his new post August 1, 2012.

Tim Hudson, PhD '80, Became Chancellor of Arkansas State University on May 1, 2012. read more

Paul Robbins, PhD '96 Became Director of The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus in April 2012. read more

Forrest Cason, PhD '89 is now the CFO of The Mental Health Corporation of Denver.

Richard B. Erickson, AB 54, AM 59, has been elected to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Mr. Erickson received his training in geography at Clark and began his very long career in the emerging field of regional planning in 1958. For 37 years of his career he served as the executive director of the Southeastern Connecticut Regional Planning Agency/Council of Governments. Since retiring from full-time practice in 1998, he has worked as a planning consultant. He currently is serving as the interim executive director of the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region, which deals with economic development. read more

Laurence R. Simon, PhD, Professor of International Development at Brandeis University is being honored for 40 years of service in the world of development at a Symposium and dinner on February 7, 2012. read more Dr. Simon received his PhD at Clark University Graduate School of Geography in 1990. He currently directs Brandeis University Center for International Development and the Sustainable Development Graduate Programs. He launched Oxfam America’s work in Central America and the Caribbean and served as its first director of policy analysis. He founded and was president of the American Jewish World Service; was a strategic planner to a World Bank/UNDP poverty alleviation project in Sri Lanka; and a senior advisor to the start-up of He is a specialist in post-harvest losses and land reform and worked extensively in Central America, southern and eastern Africa and South Asia.

Farron Roboff, MA '77 recently became Senior Vice President of Royal Properties corporate real estate company in Bronxville, NY. Farron received her master's in geography from Clark. read more

Dr. Paul Kariya, PhD '87 Executive Director of Clean Energy BC will return to Clark on March 1, 2012 as part of the Marsh Speaker Series. Marsh

Waquar Ahmed '07 has accepted a tenure-track, Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Joseph F. Pierce '11 has accepted a tenure-track position, Assistant Professor, Florida State University

Ania Cieslik '11 has accepted a three-year post-doc position at the Globaldivercities project of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Germany. Her position is based in New York, where she will be affiliated with the CUNY Graduate Center. Ania will be working with Steven Vertovec and Nancy Foner.

Mary Lawhon ' 11 has accepted a position as a post doctoral researcher with the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town working on the project Alcohol Control, Poverty and Development in South Africa.

Zachary Christman ' 10 has accepted a 3-year Visiting Assistant Professor, Middlebury College, VT

Hamil Pearsall '09 has accepted a Tenure-track position, Assistant Professor, Temple University, PA

Mohan Seetharam '07 received a new post as General Planner IV, Department of Commerce Planning Division in American Samoa

A new book co-edited by Prof. Richard Peet, Amitabh Kundu and Waquar Ahmed '07 titled "India's new economic policy: a critical analysis" (2011) has been published by Routledge New York, and reprinted by Rawat New Delhi.

Tom Koch '71 NEW BOOK: In Disease Maps: Epidemics on the Ground (University of Chicago Press, 2012) Tom, a medical geographer, makes a new and important argument. It is in the mapping of individual cases of illness as group events that we have come to understand disease as a public thing affecting general populations. Maps become, in this telling, the workbench on which a collection of individual cases are combined to create a single health event, seen in place. It is thus in the mapping, and the environmental thinking it promotes, that theories about this or that disease (and health in general) are first formulated and then tested. The book covers the history of this way of knowing from the sixteenth century into the present. Tom Koch is a clinical ethicist, gerontologist, and medical geographer based in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada

Menzie McEachern, '05 has taken a position as Director -Strategic Initiatives for Albert Energy, Alberta Canada.

Ximena Rueda, '07 has taken a position as Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University, Dept. of Environmental Earth System Science beginning February 2011.

Eric S. Belsky, '88 has been appointed Managing Director of Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, effective July 1, 2010. In making this announcement, the Deans noted that Belsky is a nationally recognized scholar with great depth of experience in housing research, teaching, and public policy. He received his BA, master's degree, and PhD from Clark University.

Emma Archer, '01, has been appointed Principal Researcher in Climate Change at CSIR, Center for Scientific Research, in South Africa.

Katherine D. Gibson, '81 became Professorial Fellow at the University of Western Sydney.

Simon Batterbury’97 is still at University of Melbourne, but now Associate Professor and Director of the graduate Master of Environment program, with over 300 students. The program is unusual, being fully interdisciplinary, outside the Faculty structure, and growing rapidly.

Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo,PhD ’87 is this year’s winner of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship. Ibipo is a Prof at SUNY Cortland . Read more.

Dr. Paul Kariya, Ph.D. '87 has been appointed as Executive Director of The Independent Power Producer of British Columbia.

BA/MA GIS Alumni

Samuel Blanchard (BA'09/MA'10) accepted a position at UC Berkeley as a Staff Research Associate II in the College of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management. Sam is lead researcher for two projects: One an NSF grant project called "Spatial-temporal Dynamics of Coupled Greenhouse Gas and Energy Fluxes in the California Delta" and the second, is a CIRTUS funded grant. read more

Andrew Caiazzo (BA '09/MA '10) is a Geospatial Analyst for MDA Information System, Inc. In Maryland. Andrew will work on the GLobal Mapping Project in which they use Landsat TM/ETM+ data to create land cover maps for the entire globe.

David Hattis (BA '09/MA '10) - is a Research Analyst for AIR Worldwide, a consulting company that models risk for insurance companies. David's main role is to help develop a geospatial database of insurance exposures.

Rachel Shmookler (BA '09/MA '10) is a Junior Scientist at Applied SciencesAssociates, Inc., Cranston, RI. She uses geospatial techniques to process model outputs of oil spills in the marine system for the presence of surface, entrained, and shoreline oil. Rachel supports environmental data analysis for projects such as entrained oil tracking, coastal habitat assessments, and windfarm site planning, and develops data automation models in ArcGIS using VBA and Python. She is building off of the skills acquired from her undergraduate, graduate, and HERO experience at Clark University, and looks forward to working on future projects at ASA on habitat assessments, marine spatial planning, and water quality monitoring.

Undergraduate Alumni

John Mangiaratti '02 has recently accepted the position on assistant town manager in Westford, MA. Read the full article and see how he uses his Clark learned GIS skills on the job.

Jessie Cohen (Geography '03) was recently named the 2010 recipient of The Marie C. Malaro Excellence in Research and Writing Award at George Washington University. Jessie is one of three graduate students honored each year for excellence in research and writing in the field of Museum Studies.

Natalie Susmann '09 is currently enrolled at Tufts University as a master's degree candidate in classical archaeology. She continues to use the GIS skills she learned at Clark while working as a GIS research assistant and on GIS-related archaeology research projects.

Jonathan Penny '09 uses his Clark-acquired GIS skills daily as a GIS specialist at AMEC, an environmental-consulting company in Massachusetts.

Sam Boyd '09 is enrolled in Clark's fifth-year master's degree program in education.

Kaityln Sephton '09 is continuing her Clark education by pursuing Clark's fifth-year master's degree program in environmental science and policy.

Samuel Blanchard '09 continues to be a member of the geography department as a fifth-year master's degree candidate in GISc.