Department of Geography and Anthropology

Welcome to the Department of Geography and Anthropology. Our Department offers a diverse range of programs including degrees in Anthropology, Geography, and Geospatial Sciences, minors in Anthropology, Environmental Studies and Geography, and certificates in Geographic Information Sciences and Land Surveying (Stand-Alone and embedded). Our faculty conduct research on space and culture in our community and around the globe. They are passionate about sharing their research with undergraduates and invite students to join their projects as junior researchers. Through independent studies, internships, community-projects, study abroad, and student-led clubs, undergraduates in our programs acquire relevant skills and graduate to jobs that they love. They also gain an understanding of the complexity of our physical and cultural worlds today.

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New Faculty - Dr. Mostafa Arastounia

Mostafa new facultyDr. Mostafa Arastounia is a new Assistant Professor of Geospatial Sciences. He has received his PhD in Geomatics Engineering from University of Calgary (Canada) and completed his MSc in the same field from University of Twente (Netherlands). He has worked in industry as a survey lead, interim survey manager, and project manager in Canada. He currently teaches land surveying courses, and his research is primarily focused on automated processing of point clouds obtained from laser scanners and unmanned vehicles. 

Arastounia New Faculty

He has nine peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings in this field and has served as a guest editor, topic editor, reviewers board member, and reviewer of seven ISI journals. 

  • Dr. Vanessa Slinger-Friedman wins the 2022-2023 Sustainability: R.C. Paul Excellent in Sustainability Award

    2022-2023 Sustainability: R.C. Paul Excellence in Sustainability Award

    Dr. Vanessa Slinger-Friedman is recognized for her outstanding efforts toward promoting environmental sustainability in the educational and operational practices of the Kennesaw State University (KSU) Campus Community.

    To learn more about the R.C. Paul Excellence in Sustainability Award, and other Presidential Inclusive Excellence Awards, click here.

    • Christine Jacobs

      2022-2023 Advisor Student Choice Award

      Congratulations to Christine Jacobs, WINNER of the 2022-2023 Advisor Student Choice Award! Read what our students had to say about Christine's amazing contributions.

      For information about academic advising click here.

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        GSS Faculty Spotlight

         Patrick Devereux has been a part time facility member at KSU since 2019. After receiving both a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech, he spent 11 years working ... read more about our GSS faculty