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Welcome to the website home of the Rural Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers. Click on the menu items above or the links to the right to explore both the history and current efforts of the group.

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2019 RGSG Election Bios

Co-Chair

Dawn Drake

Dr. Dawn M. Drake is an associate professor of geography in the Department of History & Geography at Missouri Western State University in Saint Joseph, Missouri.  Her research interests include competitive advantage in the farm machinery industry and change for agriculture in high pressure development areas.  She published a book on the farm machinery industry in 2013 as a part of Business Expert Press’s Industry Studies Collection and is currently working on another book project related to global food shortages.  Dr. Drake is the current Secretary/Treasurer of the Rural Geography Specialty Group, serving in that capacity since 2011.  Prior to that, she served as Student Representative for four years.

DIRECTORS

Director – East Lakes Region

Director – Middle States/Mid-Atlantic Region

Larry Kleitches

Dr. Larry Kleitches is running to be your Middle States/Mid-Atlantic Region Director.  He currently works for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown as their Skills Development Coordinator for the Martha & Mary House, the secular homeless shelter for Cambria County, PA.  Larry is completing a term as the Southeast Region Director, and is still the chair of the RGSG Networking Committee.  He additionally serves as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Landscape Specialty Group.  Larry thanks you for your attention and asks you to please remember to vote.

Director – Southeast Region

Director – Southwest Region

Director – Canada

Laura Taylor

Laura is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto. She studies the urban-rural fringe and exurbia where planning, development, and conservation priorities in Ontario’s countryside are incredibly uneven. She is co-editor of two books, A Comparative Political Ecology of Exurbia and Landscape: Planning, Environmental Management and Landscape Change with Patrick Hurley (2016) and The Ideology of Nature: Green Sprawl (2013) with Kirsten Valentine Cadieux. Laura co-edited a special issue of the international journal Planning Practice & Research (2010) reviewing successes and challenges in contemporary greenbelt planning. She has written articles on Toronto’s greenbelt experience in several scholarly and professional journals, most recently “The future of greenbelts” in The Routledge Companion to Rural Planning (2019).

 

Laura is a member of Ontario’s Greenbelt Council. She is an active member of the Ontario Climate Consortium, linking land-use planning and climate change action. She earned her PhD in historical and cultural geography from the University of Toronto and has been a registered professional planner with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute since 1996. She is a member of Lambda Alpha International, the American Planning Association, and the Canadian and American Associations of Geographers. She maintains an active consulting practice in the greater Toronto area.

 

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

Matthew Fahrenbruch

Matthew (Matt) L. Fahrenbruch is a Doctoral Candidate of geography in the Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science at the University of Kansas, and was a 2017/2018 Fulbright IIE Student to Nicaragua. His research interests focus broadly on the impacts of globalization on rural communities with a regional focus on Central America. His dissertation focuses on the boom-and-bust natural resource economy of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. The dissertation seeks to understand the political, economic, and biophysical factors that led to the rapid expansion and collapse of artisanal jellyfish fisheries on the coast between 2013 and 2015. Matt has also worked on projects in Central America related to tourism development and indigenous territoriality, and he has published both in English and Spanish in the Journal of Latin American Geography, Wani Revista del Caribe Nicaragüense, Routledge (Book Chapter), Cartographica, and the Revista Geográfica de América Central. Matt has served his department on several committee assignments and as the Vice-President and President of the Graduate Student Organization. He is a long term member of the Latin America Specialty Group and Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers. He is excited to be involved with the Rural Geography Specialty Group to network and collaborate more broadly with others interested in rural topics.

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Zuni Map Art @ DC AAG

Please find information regarding the RGSG-sponsored exhibit by clicking on the link below:

Zuni Map Art Flyer

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Call for Nominations: Rural Geography Specialty Group

The Rural Geography Specialty Group has several offices that are open for nominations this year and we are seeking motivated individuals that are interested in serving their discipline through the work of the Rural Geography Specialty Group.  Terms are three years in length, with the exception of student representative, which is a two-year position.  You can run for multiple terms as a RGSG officer.  For more information on the duties of RGSG officers or to be added to the 2019 ballot, please email Secretary/Treasurer, Dawn M. Drake at ddrake4@missouriwestern.edu

You may self-nominate or nominate someone else for the positions below.  Nominations will close at the RGSG Business Meeting at the AAG Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on Friday April 5, 2019 (11:45am-1:00pm in room 8219 Park Tower Suites in the Marriott, Lobby Level)

Open Positions:

Co-Chair

Director – East Lakes Region

Director – Middle States/Mid-Atlantic Region

Director – Southeast Region

Director – Southwest Region

Director – Canada

Student Representative

The Rural Geography Specialty Group promotes research and education related to contemporary rural landscapes, societies, and economies in the developed and developing world. Specialty group members conduct research across an array of topics, including agriculture; land use; environmental governance; population; rural health, crime, and poverty; food systems; indigenous peoples; and rural restructuring processes.

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Dawn Drake
Missouri Western State University
ddrake4@missouriwestern.edu
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Spring 2019 Newsletter

Dear Rural Geography Specialty Group members,
We are currently assembling the Spring 2019 RGSG Newsletter.

Please email any contributions to rgsgnews@gmail.com by 1 March 2019. Potential contributions include, but are not limited to:

  • articles recently published on rural geography topics that you would like to see listed
  • similarly for books on rural geography topics published or with release dates coming up
  • similarly for any blogs or digital projects you would like to share
  • announcements of any upcoming conferences, workshops, or events relevant to RGSG members (both invitations to attend events already scheduled and calls for submissions are welcome)
  • CFPs for upcoming special journal issues, edited volumes, or blogs/digital projects
  • a brief (250-500ish word) profile of current research or highlights from recent field work related to rural geography
  • fieldwork photos with brief, descriptive captions (could be submitted with or independently of a written profile).
Thank you!
Lisa P.
RGSG Communications
@rgsgnews on twitter
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Poster Session

The January 31, 2019 poster abstract deadline is fast approaching!!  Please consider a poster for #aagDC and submit an abstract to our Rural Geography Specialty Group Poster Session.

Session Description: The Rural Geography Special Group (RGSG) promotes research and education related to agriculture, rural development, and rural land use. This poster session is open to anyone (student, faculty, professional, etc.) whose poster is focused on a topic germane to rural geography. The large Poster Hall at the DC AAG will be divided into several Specialty-Group themed poster sessions that will occur simultaneously during one of the large poster sessions (Day/Time TBD). RGSG Chair, Chris Laingen, will be the organizer of this for our group. If you’d like to participate, register for the meeting and submit your abstract as you would normally. The only additional step is that you need to reach out to ME (crlaingen@eiu.edu) to ensure you’re included in the RGSG-themed session. A simple email with a copy of your abstract/PIN number will suffice.

Participation as a poster presenter offers many benefits:

  • Save money! poster presenters can opt for the discounted registration fee

  • Present in a lively and dynamic venue with one-on-one interactions.

  • Reach a large audience – the poster hall will host over 100 posters at a time, which will be sure to draw many attendees.

  • Extra time to prepare an abstract – poster submission deadline is January 31, 2019

  • The Poster Hall is a great place to make new connections and network with fellow attendees

  • Your poster can live online. Posters in the Abstract Gallery can be seen before, during, and after the meeting. Share the link to your poster on your CV and social media!

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2018 RGSG Election – Candidate Bios

RGSG Members –

Elections are coming in a little more than a week.  Below, please find the bios of the candidates on this year’s ballot.  Thank you to all that were willing to run and serve.

On or about next Friday, April 27th, all RGSG members who were in good standing on April 1, 2018 will receive an email link to vote for the 2018-2019 officers.

If you have any questions, please contact me.  Thanks,

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Dawn M. Drake
Missouri Western State University
ddrake4@missouriwestern.edu

 

Secretary/Treasurer

Dawn Drake

Dr. Dawn M. Drake is an associate professor of geography in the Department of History & Geography at Missouri Western State University in Saint Joseph, Missouri.  Her research interests include competitive advantage in the farm machinery industry and change for agriculture in high pressure development areas.  She published a book on the farm machinery industry in 2013 as a part of Business Expert Press’s Industry Studies Collection and is currently working on another book project related to global food shortages.  Dr. Drake is the current Secretary/Treasurer of the Rural Geography Specialty Group, serving in that capacity since 2011.  Prior to that, she served as Student Representative for four years.

DIRECTORS

Director – At Large

Allison Brown

Allison Brown has over twenty years of experience providing business development services to international development projects. Her expertise is in strengthening market channels to support niche marketing, direct marketing, and export of high value and ultra-high value products including drug crops. Ms. Brown’s technical background combines horticulture, social science, business management, and geography. She has a long history of work on local food systems, farmer-to-consumer direct marketing, gardening for nutrition, and risk reduction. She has extensive experience in project scoping, design, and evaluation using a variety of methodological techniques. Ms. Brown regularly publishes scholarly papers on regional and local food systems, particularly farmers markets and small volume produce auctions. She also writes on the use of economic interventions in Counter Narcotics programming. She has been a member of AAG for over 15 years.

Director – East Lakes Region

No candidates

Director – Pacific Coast Division

Lisa Harrington

Dr. Lisa Harrington is a Professor at Kansas State University, where she has taught since 1994.  Prior positions were at Western Washington University, New Mexico State, Central Michigan, and Eastern Illinois.  She has served RGSG and its predecessor, CARLU (the Contemporary Agriculture and Rural Land Use SG) in a variety of capacities, including Board of Directors member, Chair, and Newsletter Editor.  She also served on the AAG Council for 5 years, has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Applied Geography Conferences, and has served on several NSF review panels.  Her primary interests in rural geography are related to natural resources management, land use, and sustainability.  Harrington is beginning three years of ‘phased retirement’ in August 2018, with her primary KSU duties being an online course on Natural Resources.  With this change, she is moving to the Pacific Northwest, where she has had a home and pursued research for over 20 years.  She is a member of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers.

Director – Southwest Region

No candidates

Director – West Lakes Region

Innisfree McKinnon

Dr. Innisfree McKinnon is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout where she does community engaged research in the local region along with continuing research in rural development and farmland preservation in Oregon. She is interested in engaging students at all levels in research and networking with other rural geographers around the West Lakes region and the nation. Dr. McKinnon is committed to making rural geography a sub-discipline that welcomes geographers from underrepresented groups and those from outside of the U.S.

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

Andrew Husa

Andrew Husa is a first year PhD student in Human and Historical Geography at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the direction of Dr. David Wishart. Along with being a proud student of UNL’s geography program, he is also a graduate fellow at the Center of Great Plains Studies. He also completed his Master’s at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, writing a thesis entitled A Historical Geography of Six and Eight-Man Football in Nebraska. Andrew’s current research is on successful small towns across Nebraska, including their demographic, economic, historical, and social characteristics.  His interests include small town geography and rural identity, and attachment to rural landscape. This love of the landscape has followed him since he was young, growing up on a farm outside of Liberty, Nebraska, a village of 76 people.

At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Andrew has served one year as the Geography Student Organization and Gamma Theta Upsilon’s Vice President and Treasurer. He also led efforts for the department’s participation in The Big Event, the university’s annual community service event, and served on the Student Planning Committee of the Campus-wide Workshops for Graduate Teaching Assistants. Beyond the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Andrew has served as a Regional Student Social Outreach Coordinator for Gamma Theta Upsilon, where he gained experience working with the group’s social media pages. Andrew is excited to be considered for the position of Rural Geography Specialty Group Student Representative.

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RGSG Student Poster Competition

Dear Geographers,

As students submit their work for the AAG poster deadline, please keep in mind the Rural Geography Student Poster Competition!  Click HERE for more information.

The Rural Geography Specialty Group announces the second year of its Student Poster Competition.  The Poster Competition is open to undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students whose work is related to a rural geography theme. Interested students must submit a poster abstract by the AAG deadline of February 14, 2018, and separately forward the accepted abstract to RGSG Awards Chair Cheryl Morse at cheryl.morse@uvm.edu.

Thank you!

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Cheryl Morse
University of Vermont
cemorse@uvm.edu
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