2020 Spring Newsletter cover of laptop with photo of coronavirus

2020 Spring Newsletter Published

June 21, 2020

The 2020 Spring Newsletter has been published and is available for viewing. The newsletter is filled with department news, alumni updates, and articles by faculty and students. Contents: Message from the Department Chair, pg 2 ​Mara Goldman: Reaction to Coronavirus, pg 3 Page Hartwell: An Undergraduate's Perspective on COVID-19, pg...

2018 Fall Newsletter Cover

2018 Fall Newsletter Published

Dec. 13, 2018

The 2018 Fall Newsletter has been published and is available for viewing. The newsletter is packed with department news, alumni updates, and student and faculty articles. Contents: Bill Travis : Message from the Chair, pgs 2-3 von Dreden Stacey Fellowship Winners, pgs 4-6 Mark Serreze : Climate Change Becomes Persona...

Elephants passing by African field with African onlookers

GEOG 3422 Political Ecology

‘The environment’ figures dominantly in our daily lives and academic pursuits—from concerns over climate change and biodiversity loss, to energy policy and agricultural development. Yet we rarely stop to consider how environmental concerns are tied to specific contexts, histories, and power struggles. In this class we do just that, through...

Mara Goldman’s research cited in a story in The Atlantic

Sept. 11, 2015

The story is about a reality TV show in Tanzania that showcases women’s empowerment. Goldman’s paper, written together with Jani Little (CU-Boulder, IBS), is cited in the final paragraph of the story: "What Kibona is referring to—“empowerment”—is exceedingly difficult to define and measure. In a recent paper on NGO work...

Conservation efforts might encourage lion-hunting

Aug. 9, 2013

To many observers, East Africa's Maasai pastoralists hunt lions for two distinct reasons: to retaliate against lions that kill livestock or to engage in a cultural rite of passage. But that binary view reflects mistranslations of Maasai terms and simplification of their cultural traditions and their relationship with wildlife, a...

Drought-squeezed African Maasai suggest climate-change strategies

Aug. 6, 2013

The devastating drought of 2009 in northern Tanzania generated new coping strategies by Maasai people, suggesting that Maasai with more money and social connections are better able than their poorer, less-connected neighbors to endure extreme events such as drought and, potentially, climate change, a team of University of Colorado Boulder...