Faculty Research

Geography Anthropology Faculty Research Books Publications

Department of Geography and Anthropology faculty are actively involved in research and creative activity in their fields of study. For example, faculty are conducting research studies and field work in places around the globe. Faculty are also presenting research studies and publishing research manuscripts within the many sub-fields of geography and anthropology. Faculty members are continually engaged with local, regional, national, and international associations, conferences, and publications to expand and extend knowledge in many areas of anthropology, archaeology, geography, and geographic information science (GIS). Many faculty also cultivate engaging research experiences with students as well as community-engaged research with individuals and organizations locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. 

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Faculty Publications

The following are examples of publications by Department of Geography and Anthropology Faculty. 

  • Abraham, Shinu Anna, Praveena Gullapalli, Teresa P. Raczek, and Uzma Z. Rizvi, eds. Connections and Complexity: New Approaches to the Archaeology of South Asia. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. 

    Adebayo, Akanmu G., Jesse J. Benjamin, and Brandon D. Lundy, eds. 2014. Indigenous Conflict Management Strategies: Global Perspectives. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

    Adebayo, Akanmu G., Brandon D. Lundy, Jesse J. Benjamin, and Joseph Kingsley Adjei, eds. 2015. Indigenous Conflict Management Strategies in West and Central Africa: Beyond Right and Wrong. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

    Gatrell, Jay D., Ryan R. Jensen, Mark W. Patterson, and Nancy Hoalst-Pullen, eds. 2016. Urban Sustainability: Policy and Praxis. New York: Springer. 

    Hoalst-Pullen, Nancy and Mark W. Patterson, eds. 2020. The Geography of Beer: Culture and Economics. New York: Springer.

    Hoalst-Pullen, Nancy and Mark W. Patterson. 2017. National Geographic Atlas of Beer: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer. Washington, DC: National Geographic Books. 

    Hoalst-Pullen, Nancy and Mark W. Patterson, eds. 2010. Geospatial Technologies in Environmental Management. New York: Springer. 

    Houk, Brett A., Barbara Arroyo, and Terry G. Powis. 2020. Approaches to Monumental Landscapes of the Ancient Maya. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida. 

    Loyd, Jenna M., Matt Mitchelson, and Andrew Burridge, eds. 2012. Beyond Walls and Cages: Prisons, Borders, and Global Crisis. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press. 

    Lundy, Brandon D., Akanmu G.Adebayo, and Sherrill Hayes, eds. 2018. Atone: Religion, Conflict, and Reconciliation. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

    Lundy, Brandon D., ed. 2013. The Art of Anthropology / The Anthropology of Art. Knoxville, TN: Newfound Press.

    Lundy, Brandon D., and Solomon Negash, eds. 2013. Teaching Africa: A Guide to the 21st-Century Classroom. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

    Majumder, Sarasij. 2018. People's Car: Industrial India and the Riddles of Populism. New York: Fordham University Press. 

    Patterson, Mark, and Nancy Hoalst-Pullen, eds. 2014. The Geography of Beer: Regions, Environment, and Societies. New York: Springer. 

    Powis, Terry G., Sheldon Skaggs, and George J. Micheletti. 2020. An Archaeological Reconstruction of Ancient Maya Life at Pacbitun, Belize. Oxford: BAR Publishing.

    Sen, Debarati. 2017. Everyday Sustainability: Gender Justice and Fair Trade Tea in Darjeeling. Albany, NY: SUNY Press. 

    Shinde, Vasant, Teresa P. Raczek, and Gregory L. Possehl, eds. 2014. The Excavations at Gilund: The Artifacts and Other Studies. Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 

  • Lundy, Brandon D. 2014. Monitoring Conflicts of Interest: Social Conflict in Guinea-Bissau’s Fisheries. In Indigenous Conflict Management Strategies: Global Perspectives. Akanmu G. Adebayo, Jesse J. Benjamin, and Brandon D. Lundy, eds. Pp. 151-165. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

    Lundy, Brandon D. 2013. Cabral and Freire: The Importance of Cultural Capital in Re-Building a Successful Education System in Guinea-Bissau. In Claim No Easy Victories: The Legacy of Amilcar Cabral. Firoze Manji and Bill Fletcher Jr., eds. Pp. 365-378. Dakar: CODESRIA/Daraja Press.

    Lundy, Brandon D. 2012. The Involution of Democracy in Lusophone West Africa. In Managing Conflicts in Africa’s Democratic Transitions. Akanmu G. Adebayo, ed. Pp. 119-140, 191. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

    Lundy, Brandon D. 2012. Making Africa Accessible: Bringing Guinea-Bissau into the University Classroom. In Building Bridges in Anthropology: Understanding, Acting, Teaching and Theorizing. Robert Shanafelt, ed. Pp. 147-174. Knoxville, TN: Newfound Press.

    Lundy, Brandon D. 2012. Spiritual Spaces, Marginal Places: The Commodification of a Nalú Sacred Grove. In Contested Economies: Global Tourism and Cultural Heritage. Sarah Lyon and Christian Wells, eds. Pp. 121-142. Lanham, MD: Altamira Press.

    McDaniel, Paul N., Susan B. Harden, Heather A. Smith, and Owen J. Furuseth. 2017. “Increasing Immigrant Settlement and the Challenges and Opportunities for Public Education in Charlotte, North Carolina.” In US Latinization: Education and the New Latino South. Edited by Spencer Salas and Pedro R. Portes. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

    Patterson, Mark W., and Nancy Hoalst-Pullen. 2009. "Local Government Use of GIS in Comprehensive Planning." In: Gatrell J.D., Jensen R.R. (eds) Planning and Socioeconomic Applications. Geotechnologies and the Environment, vol 1. Dordrecht: Springer. 

    Patterson, Mark W.Nancy Hoalst-Pullen, and Sam Batzli. 2020. Migration and the Evolving Landscape of U.S. Beer Geographies. In Fermented Landscapes: Lively Processes of Socio-Environmental Transformation. Edited by Colleen C. Myles. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. 

    Patterson Mark W., Nancy Hoalst-Pullen, and W. B. Pierson. 2016. "Sustainability Attitudes and Actions: An Examination of Craft Brewers in the United States." In: Gatrell J., Jensen R., Patterson M., Hoalst-Pullen N. (eds) Urban Sustainability: Policy and Praxis. Geotechnologies and the Environment, vol 14. New York: Springer.

    Plaisance, Michelle, Elizabeth Morrell, and Paul N. McDaniel. 2015. “Technicolor Education in the New South: Moving Beyond Black and White.” In Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: School Desegregation and Resegregation in Charlotte. Edited by Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, Stephen Samuel Smith, and Amy Hawn Nelson. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

    Slinger-Friedman, Vanessa. 2018. Using Active and Applied Pedagogies to Develop Sustainably Minded Citizens in Geography. In Environment and Pedagogy in Higher Education. Edited by Lucie Viakinnou-Brinson. Lanham: Lexington Books. 

    Tu, Jun. 2010. Exploring the Spatially Varying Impact of Urbanization on Water Quality in Eastern Massachusetts Using Geographically Weighted Regression. In: Hoalst-Pullen N., Patterson M. (eds) Geospatial Technologies in Environmental Management. Geotechnologies and the Environment, vol 3. Dordrecht: Springer. 

  • Akins, Edwin E II, Elizabeth Giddens, David Glassmeyer, Amy Gruss, Maria Kalamas Hedden, Vanessa Slinger-Friedman, and Matthew Weand. 2019. Sustainability Education and Organizational Change: A Critical Case Study of Barriers and Change Drivers at a Higher Education Institution. Sustainability, 11, 2: 501. 

    Auerbach, Benjamin M., Alice F. Gooding, Colin N. Shaw, and Adam D. Sylvester. 2017. The relative position of the human fibula to the tibia influences cross‐sectional properties of the tibia. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 163, 1: 148-157. 

    Bartels, RJ, Black, AW, Keim, BD. Trends in precipitation days in the United States. Int J Climatol. 2020; 40: 1038– 1048. https://doi.org/10.1002/joc.6254 

    Day, Terence, I-Chun Catherine Chang, Calvin King Lam Chung, William Doolittle, Jacqueline Housel, and Paul N. McDaniel. 2020. "The Immediate Impact of COVID-19 on Post-Secondary Teaching and Learning." Professional Geographer.

    Furuseth, Owen, Heather Smith, and Paul N. McDaniel. 2015. “Belonging in Charlotte: Multi-Scalar Differences in Local Immigration Politics and Policies.” Geographical Review 105, 1 (January): 1-19.

    Giraldo, Mario A., Paula Jackson, and Wayne Van Horne. 2015. Suburban Forest Change and Vegetation Dynamics in Atlanta, USA. Southeastern Geographer, 55, 2: 193-213. 

    Gilliland, JM, Black, AW, Durkee, JD, Murley, VA. A climatology of high‐wind events for the eastern United States. Int J Climatol. 2020; 40: 723– 738. https://doi.org/10.1002/joc.6233 

    Harden, Susan B., Paul N. McDaniel, Heather A. Smith, Emily Zimmern, and Katie E. Brown. 2015. “Speaking of Change in Charlotte, North Carolina: How Museums Can Shape Immigrant Receptivity in a Community Navigating Rapid Cultural Change.” Museums and Social Issues 10, 2: 117-133. 

    Hayes, Sherrill, Brandon D. Lundy, and Maia Carter Hallward. 2016. Conflict-Induced Migration and the Refugee Crisis: Global and Local Perspectives from Peacebuilding and Development. Special Issue on “Addressing Contemporary Migrant and Refugee Challenges: Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Perspectives,” Journal of Peacebuilding and Development 11(3):1-7.

    Hoalst-Pullen, N., J. Gatrell and M.W. Patterson. 2021. Applied Geography: A Problem-Solving Approach. Applied Geography. 

    Hoalst-Pullen, Nancy, Mark W. Patterson, and Jay D. Gatrell. 2011. Empty spaces: neighbourhood change and the greening of Detroit, 1975–2005. Geocarto International, 26, 6: 417-434. 

    Hoalst-Pullen, Nancy, Vanessa Slinger-Friedman, Harry R. Trendell, Mark W. Patterson. 2013. Spatial and temporal patterns of an ethnic economy in a suburban landscape of the Nuevo South. Southeastern Geographer 53 (3), 310-327.

    Horn, Sherman W. III, Terry G. Powis, and David M. Penderagast. 2020. Of Watery Rocks and Slumbering Crocs: Reassessing Middle Preclassic Occupation at Altun Ha and Lamanai, Belize. Journal of Field Archaeology

    Howard, Logan and Smith, Susan Kirkpatrick. 2017. Periosteal Reaction and Signs of Stress Found in Skeletal Remains from Ierapetra, Crete. Georgia Journal of Science, 75, 1.

    Huang, Shunsheng, Jun Tu, et. al. 2018. Contamination Assessment and Source Identification of Heavy Metals in River Sediments in Nanton, Eastern China. International Journal of Environmental Research, 12: 373-389. 

    Kalamas Hedden, M., R. Worthy, E. Akins, Vanessa Slinger-Friedman, and R.C. Paul. 2017. Teaching sustainability using an active learning constructivist approach: Discipline-specific case studies in higher education. Sustainability 9 (8), 1320.

    King, Adam, Terry G. Powis, Kong F. Cheong, Bobi Deere, Robert B. Pickering, Eric Singleton, and Nilesh W. Gaikwad. 2018. Absorbed Residue Evidence for Prehistoric Datura Use in the American Southeast and Western Mexico. Advances in Archaeological Practice, 6, 4: 312-327. 

    Lartey, Kezia, and Brandon D. Lundy. 2017. Policy Considerations regarding the Integration of Lusophone West Africa Immigrant Populations. Border Crossing 7(1):108-121.

    Lopes, Jessica, and Brandon D. Lundy. 2014. Secondary Diaspora: Cape Verdean Immigration to the Southeastern United States. Southern Anthropologist 36(2):70-102.

    Lundy, Brandon D. 2018. Challenging Adulthood: Changing Initiation Rites among the Balanta of Guinea-Bissau. African Studies 77(4).

    Lundy, Brandon D. 2016. Rïm’s Unrest: Issues of Secrecy and the Multivalent Use of a Nalú Traditional Shrine Piece. African Arts 49(4):70-79.

    Lundy, Brandon D. 2015. Trading on the Margins: Locating Continuities of Exchange in Guinea-Bissau. African Identities 13(2):111-128.

    Lundy, Brandon D. 2014. Negotiating Development: Valuation of a Guesthouse Project in Southern Guinea-Bissau. Journal of International and Global Studies 6(1):72-89.

    Lundy, Brandon D. 2012. Ethnic Encounters and Everyday Economics in Kassumba, Guinea-Bissau. Ethnopolitics 11(3):235-254.

    Lundy, Brandon D. 2012. Playing the Market: How the cashew ‘commodityscape’ is redefining Guinea-Bissau’s countryside. Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFÉ) 34(1):33-51.

    Lundy, Brandon D. 2011. Dearly Deported: Social Citizenship of Undocumented Minors in the US. Migration Letters 8(1):55-66.

    Lundy, Brandon D., and Akanmu Adebayo. 2016. Introduction: Sustainable Livelihoods, Conflicts, and Transformation. Special Issue on “Sustainable Livelihoods and Conflict,” Journal of Global Initiatives 10(2):1-8.

    Lundy, Brandon D., and Kezia Darkwah. 2018. Measuring Community Integration of Lusophone West African Immigrant Populations through Needs Assessment, Human Security, and Realistic Conflict Theory. Journal of International Migration and Integration.

    Lundy, Brandon D., and Kezia Lartey. 2017. Deciding to Stay: Bissau-Guinean Labour Migrants in Cabo Verde, West Africa. In The Migration Conference 2017 Proceedings, Fethiye Tilbe, Elif Iskender, and Ibrahim Sirkeci, eds. Pp. 548-560. London: Transnational Press London.

    Lundy, Brandon D., Kezia Lartey, and Raul Mendes Fernandes. 2016. The Integrity of Women in Building a Nation: The Case of Guinea-Bissau. Journal of Global Initiatives 11(1):51-68.

    Lundy, Brandon D., Mark Patterson, and Alex O’Neill. 2017. Drivers and Deterrents of Entrepreneurial Enterprise in the Risk Prone Global South. Economic Anthropology 4(1):65-81.

    Lundy, Brandon D., Garefino, Allison C., Cleaver, Brenda L., Dumett, Danielle, Godwin, Kaitlyn, Haile, Agazeet, Hasse, William P., Seigler, Alexandria, Smith, Kathleen B., Zingleman, Nicholas A. 2020. "Project- and Human-Centered Teaching and Learning: Diplomacy Lab and the Expanded Public Charge Rule for New Cabo Verdean Immigrants." Teaching and Learning Anthropology, 3, 1: 52-60. 

    Majumder, Sarasij. 2014. Development through paper deals: space and politics of value in peri-urban India. Dialectical Anthropology, 38, 2: 173-188. 

    McDaniel, Paul N. 2018. "Shared Humanity, City Branding, and Municipal Immigrant Integration Initiatives in the Southeastern United States." Southeastern Geographer, 58, 3: 250-281.  

    McDaniel, Paul N. and Anita I. Drever. 2009. “Ethnic Enclave or International Corridor?: Immigrant Businesses in a New South City.” Southeastern Geographer 49, 1 (February): 3-23.

    McDaniel, Paul N., Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez, and Jordyne Krumroy. 2019. "From Municipal to Regional Immigrant Integration in a Major Emerging Gateway: Planning a Welcoming Metro Atlanta." Papers in Applied Geography, 5, 1-2: 140-165.

    McDaniel, Paul N., Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez, and Qingfang Wang. 2019. "Immigrant Integration and Receptivity Policy Formation in Welcoming Cities." Journal of Urban Affairs, 41, 8: 1142-1166. 

    McDaniel, Paul N., Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez, and Anna Joo Kim. 2017. "Receptivity and the Welcoming Cities Movement: Advancing a Regional Immigrant Integration Policy Framework in Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia." Papers in Applied Geography, 3-4: 355-379. 

    McDaniel, Paul N. and Heather A. Smith. 2017. "Receptivity's Construction in Public Schools: A Component of Immigrant Integration in an Emerging Gateway." Journal of International Migration and Integration, 18, 4: 1061-1081. 

    Mitchelson, Matthew L. 2017. Relational vulnerability and the research process with former prisoners in Athens, Georgia (USA). Social & Cultural Geography, 18, 7: 906-926. 

    Mitchelson, Matthew L. 2014. The production of bedspace: prison privatization and abstract space. Geographica Helvetica, 69, 5: 325-333. 

    Mitchelson, Matthew L. 2013. Research Note—The Urban Geography of Prisons: Mapping the City's "Other" Gated Community. Urban Geography, 33, 1: 147-157. 

    Moates, Lindsey R., Greg J. Hansen, Patrick Severts, and Terry G. Powis. 2010. Troup Factory: Archaeological Investigations of a Nineteenth Century Mill Site in LaGrange, Georgia. Georgia Journal of Science, 68, 2: 104-118. 

    Page, Dan, Mark W. Patterson, and Kay Reeve. 2006. Modern Migration in Ghana and Mali: A Comparison of Urban Migration Patterns. Journal of Global Initiatives, 1, 1. 

    Patterson, Lynn, and Vanessa Slinger-Friedman. 2012. Writing in Undergraduate Geography Classes: Faculty Challenges and Rewards. Journal of Geography 111 (5), 184-193.

    Patterson, Mark W., Kay Reeve, and Dan Page. 2007. Integrating Geographic Information Systems into the Secondary Curricula. Journal of Geography, 102, 6: 275-281. 

    Patterson, M.W., and N. Hoalst-Pullen. 2022. 10 Miles from a Brewery: Population Demographics and Beer Consumption Patterns in the United States. Food Fermentation and Drink (Special Issue). In: The Geographical Bulletin. 63(1)31-38. 

    Powis, Terry G., George J. Micheletti, Kaitlin Crow, Sheldon Skaggs, Norbert Stanchly, Nicaela Cartagena, and Jeffrey A. Powis. 2019. Early Maya Ceremonial Architecture at Pacbitun, Belize. Latin American Antiquity, 30, 4: 836-842.

    Powis, Terry G., Ann Cyphers, Nilesh W. Gaikwad, Louis Grivetti, and Kong Cheong. 2011. Cacao use and the San Lorenzo Olmec. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108, 21: 8595-8600. 

    Powis, Terry G., Emiliano Gallaga Murrieta, Richard Lesure, Roberto Lopez Bravo, Louis Grivetti, Heidi Kucera, Nilesh W. Gaikwad. 2013. Prehispanic Use of Chili Peppers in Chiapas, Mexico. PLOS One. 

    Powis, Terry G., Jason Whatley, Mary T. Lumsden, Joseph Powell, Patrick Severts, Ron Hobgood, and James Page. 2007. Defining a Civil War battlefield: recent archaeological investigations at the Pickett's Mill State Historic Site, Paulding County, Georgia. Georgia Journal of Science, 65, 4: 148-160. 

    Raczek, Teresa P. 2011. Mobility, Economic Strategies, and Social Networks: Investigating Movement in the Mewar Plain of Rajasthan. Asian Perspectives, 50, 1: 24-52. 

    Raczek, Teresa P., Prabodh Shirvalkar, Esha Prasad, and Lalit Pandey. 2020. The Rise and Fall of a Parallel-Walled Structure: Assessing the Site Sequence at Pachamta. Radiocarbon, 62, 1: 157-168. 

    Raczek, Teresa P., Namita S. Sugandhi, Prabodh Shirvalkar, and Lalit Pandey. 2011. Researching a Living Site: Articulating the Intersection of Collaboration and Heritage in a Transnational Village. Archaeological Review from Cambridge, 26, 2. 

    Rodriguez, Darlene Xiomara and Paul N. McDaniel. 2019. “Community-Based Participatory Research as a Tool for Improved Understanding and Practice of Newcomer Integration.” Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 23, 2: 3-19.

    Rodriguez, Darlene Xiomara, Paul N. McDaniel, and Matthew Tikhonovsky. 2020. "Human Services Providers’ Perspectives on Refugee Resettlement in the United States Before and After the 2016 Presidential Election." Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies.

    Rodriguez, Darlene Xiomara, Jessica Hill, and Paul N. McDaniel. 2020. "A Scoping Review of Literature About Mental Health and Well-Being Among Immigrant Communities in the United States.." Health Promotion Practice

    Rodriguez, Darlene Xiomara, Paul N. McDaniel, and Gianni Bisio. 2019. "'FU': One Response to the Liminal State Immigrant Youth Must Navigate." Law & Policy, 41, 1: 59-79.

    Rodriguez, Darlene Xiomara, Paul N. McDaniel, and Marie-Dominique Ahebee. 2018. "Welcoming America: A Case Study of Municipal Immigrant Integration, Receptivity, and Community Practice." Journal of Community Practice, 3: 348-357. 

    Ryan, Eden J.C. and Smith, Susan Kirkpatrick. 2017. How One Skeleton Opens the Window into the Daily Lives of Romanized Cretans. Georgia Journal of Science, 75, 1.

    Sen, Debarati. 2011. Speech Genres and Identity: The Place of Adda in Bengali Cultural Discourse. Journal of Emerging Knowledge on Emerging Markets, 3. 

    Sen, Debarati, and Sarasij Majumder. 2015. Narratives of risk and poor rural women’s (dis)-engagements with microcredit-based development in Eastern India. Critique of Anthropology, 25, 2. 

    Sen, Debarati, and Sarasij Majumder. 2011. Fair Trade and Fair Trade Certification of Food and Agricultural Commodities: Promises, Pitfalls, and Possibilities. Environment and Society 9, 1: 29-47. 

    Skaggs, Sheldon, Terry G. Powis, Clara R. Rucker, and George Micheletti. 2016. An Iterative Approach to Ground Penetrating Radar at the Maya Site of Pacbitun, Belize. Remote Sensing, 8, 10. 

    Slinger-Friedman, Vanessa, and Lynn Patterson. 2016. Using Online Journals and In-Class Note Cards for Reflective and Responsive Teaching and Learning. College Teaching 64 (1), 38-39.

    Slinger-Friedman, Vanessa, and Lynn Patterson. 2013. Improving online interactive modules: An iterative design model. International Journal on Advances in Life Sciences Volume 5, Number 3 & 4, 2013.

    Slinger-Friedman, Vanessa, and Lynn Patterson. 2012. Writing in geography: Student attitudes and assessment. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 36 (2), 179-195.

    Slinger-Friedman, Vanessa, Tamara Powell, Garrett Smith, and Matt Mitchelson. 2015. Lessons learned and future prospects for online program creation and delivery: A case study from geography. Proceedings of the International Conference on e-Learning–ICEL, 279-286.

    Smith, Garrett C., Mark W. Patterson, and Harold R. Trendell. 2000. The Demise of the Longleaf-Pine Ecosystem. Southeastern Geographer, 40, 1: 75-92. 

    Smith, Susan Kirkpatrick, Brandon D. Lundy, and Cheyenne Dahlmann. 2017. High-Impact Practices in Anthropology: Creating a Bridge between Liberal Arts and Neoliberal Values. Georgia Journal of Science 75(2):1-14.

    Sugandhi, Namita, Teresa P. Raczek, Prabodh Shirvalkar, Charles K. Brummeler, and Lalit Pandey. 2015. Methods and Problems in the Site Census Approach: A View from Mewar through Archaeology and Ethnohistory. Heritage: Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies in Archaeology, 3: 163-179. 

    Suther, Bradley E., David S. Leigh, George A. Brook, and LinHai Yang. 2018. Mega-meander paleochannels of the southeastern Atlantic Coastal Plain, USA. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 511: 52-79. 

    Tu, Jun. 2013. Spatial Variations in the Relationships between Land Use and Water Quality across an Urbanization Gradient in the Watersheds of Northern Georgia, USA. Environmental Management, 51, 1: 1-17. 

    Tu, Jun. 2011. Spatial and temporal relationships between water quality and land use in northern Georgia, USA. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, 8, 3: 151-170. 

    Tu, Jun, and Wei Tu. 2018. How the relationships between preterm birth and ambient air pollution vary over space: A case study in Georgia, USA using geographically weighted logistic regression. Applied Geography, 92: 31-40. 

    Tu, Wei, Jun Tu, and Stuart Tedders. 2014. Estimating neighbourhood-level socio-economic effect on preterm births using a multilevel approach: a case study in Georgia, USA. Annals of GIS, 20, 3: 181-191. 

    Weber, Jennifer, and Terry G. Powis. 2014. Assessing Terrestrial Laser Scanning in Complex Environments: An Approach from the Ancient Maya Site of Pacbitun, Belize. Advances in Archaeological Practice, 2, 2: 123-137. 

    Williamson, Kenneth. 2015. Some things cannot be separated: intersectionality in the lives of black women activists in Salvador, Brazil. African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, 8, 1: 86-101.

    Williamson, Kenneth, and Karen Brown. 2014. Collective Voices: Engagement of Hartford Community Residents through Participatory Action Research. The Qualitative Report, 19, 36.

    Zarillo, Sonia, Nilesh Gaikwad, Claire Lanaud, Terry Powis, Christopher Viot, Isabelle Lesur, Olivier Fouet, Xavier Argout, Erwan Guichoux, Franck Salin, Rey Loor Solorzano, Olivier Bouchez, Hélène Vignes, Patrick Severts, Julio Hurtado, Alexandra Yepez, Louis Grivetti, Michael Blake & Francisco Valdez. 2018. "The use and domestication of Theobroma cacao during the mid-Holocene in the upper Amazon." Nature Ecology and Evolution.  

  • Hoalst-Pullen, N., and Patterson, M.W. 2022. Food, Fermentation and Drink. The Geographical Bulletin. 63(1). https://www.gammathetaupsilon.org/the-geographical-bulletin/2020s/volume63-1/index.html 

    Hoalst-Pullen, N., and Patterson, M.W. 2021. Geographies of Beer, Wine, and Spirits. In Douglas Richardson (Editor-in-Chief), Noel Castree (Co-Editor), Michael F. Goodchild (Co-Editor), Audrey Kobayashi (Co-Editor), Weidong Liu (Co-Editor), Richard A. Marston (Co-Editor) (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. Wiley. http://www.aag.org/cs/encyclopedia 

    Hoalst-Pullen, N. 2019. The Community Food Forest Handbook: How to Plan, Organize and Nurture Edible Gathering Places eds. by Catherine Bukowski and John Munsell (review). Special Issue on Wild Foods. In: Southeastern Geographer. 59(1): 99-102. 

    Day, Terence, I-Chun Catherine Chang, Calvin King Lam Chung, William Doolittle, Jacqueline Housel, and Paul McDaniel. 2020. "Post-Secondary Teaching and Learning in a Pandemic." In Summer Series on Questions of Geo-Ethics and Human Rights Highlighted by COVID-19 Conditions. Edited by Coline Dony and Emily Fekete. Washington, DC: American Association of Geographers. June 25, 2020.

    Kerr, Juliana, Paul McDaniel, and Melissa Guinan. 2014. Reimagining the Midwest: Immigration Initiatives and the Capacity of Local Leadership. Chicago, IL: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

    McDaniel, Paul N. 2020. “Across This Land: A Regional Geography of the United States and Canada, Second Edition, by John C. Hudson (review).” Southeastern Geographer 60, 4: 362-365.

    McDaniel, Paul N. 2020. “Book Review: Shifting Boundaries: Immigrant Youth Negotiating National, State, and Small-Town Politics.” International Migration Review 54, 1: 316-318.

    McDaniel, Paul N., and Rob Paral. 2020. A Global Welcome: Metro Chicago’s Approach to Immigrant Inclusion. Chicago, IL: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. 

    McDaniel, Paul N. and Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez. 2020. "Immigration Integration." Public Health Post. March 12, 2020.

    McDaniel, Paul N., Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez, and Anna Joo Kim. 2018. "Creating a Welcoming Metro Atlanta: A Regional Approach to Immigrant Integration." Atlanta Studies. April 26, 2018.

    McDaniel, Paul. 2016. Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Welcoming Cities: Lessons from Chicago, Dayton, and Nashville. Washington, DC: American Immigration Council.

    McDaniel, Paul. 2014. Revitalization in the Heartland of America: Attracting Immigrant Entrepreneurs for Economic Development. Washington, DC: American Immigration Council.

    Patterson, M.W., and Hoalst-Pullen, N. 2023. Geography of Beer. Oxford Bibliographies-Oxford University Press. https://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/page/289 

    Patterson, M.W.  and N. Hoalst-Pullen. 2022. Physical Geography Lab Manual: A StoryMap Approach for Landforms

    Rhodes, Jason. 2017. "Geographies of Privilege and Exclusion: The 1938 Home Owner’s Loan Corporation 'Residential Security Map' of Atlanta." Atlanta Studies. September 7, 2017.

    Rodriguez, Darlene Xiomara, Jessica Hill, and Paul N. McDaniel. 2020. "Immigrant Health is Public Health." Public Health Post. October 20, 2020.

Faculty Research in the News

The following are examples of faculty research highlighted in the news. 

Recent Faculty Research Media Highlights

Dr. Alice Gooding's Forensic Anthropology research featured on the April 24, 2020, episode of the Office of Research's Research with Relevance Friday Features:

Dr. Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Dr. Mark Patterson's beer geography research featured on the April 17, 2020, episode of the Office of Research's Research with Relevance Friday Features:

Dr. Vanessa Slinger-Friedman and Dr. Jason Rhodes sustainability work with the KSU Field Station featured in a communication student Spring 2020 senior capstone project:

Research Facilities and Collaborative Opportunities

Department of Geography and Anthropology faculty coordinate research labs, serve as editors of scholarly journals, and cultivate collaborative research opportunities. Learn more about these activities below, many of which present opportunities for student research experiences and engagement. 

  • Contact: Dr. Terry Powis or Dr. Teresa Raczek. 

  • The Biogeography Inventory Research and Dendrology Studies (BIRDS) is a consortium of faculty and students that work together to investigate how and why species exist where they do (both spatially and temporally). BIRDS members look at how geography plays a role in species distribution. Current research projects include the composition and structure of (sub)urban forests, as well as the geographies of fermentation and the origin of ingredients used in creating beer, wine and other fermentable appellations.

    The two BIRDS-related research labs include the Forest Inventory Research Plots (FIRPs), established within the KSU Arboretum and the KSU Field Station, as well as the KSU Tree Ring Lab, located on the KSU campus. While most findings are published and/or presented at conferences, a series of BIRDS-related maps can be found via the KSU Geospatial Sciences Mapping Portal.

    Contact: Dr. Nancy Hoalst Pullen

  • Contact: Dr. Alice Gooding or Dr. Susan Kirkpatrick Smith. 

  • The Bone Biomechanics Lab investigates sport as a model to understand human evolutionary adaptation. That is, we are interested in how the bones of modern people can be used to interpret how past peoples got their food and moved across the landscape.

    Lab Equipment: 

    Stratec pQCT XCT 3000 scanner- This CT scanner is designed to capture bone (fat and muscle to a lesser extent) imaging in the forearm and lower leg of living participants. We have also outfitted the scanner to image dry skeletal material, including crania. 

    Microscibe G2 Digitizer- A digitizer captures points in space for collecting metric data from three-dimensional objects. For example, craniometric measurements usually taken by hand with calipers can be gathered using the digitizer for increased accuracy, precision, and range of measurements.

    Avizo 3D Visualization and Analysis Software- Researchers have a dedicated workstation with Avizo. Current projects include building models of crania from CT scans and testing long bone cross-sectional geometry. 

    Osteometric Tools and Comparative Skeletal Collections- For effecient collection of bone measurements, SkeVar has osteometric boards and highly-calibrated spreading calipers available. We house a relatively large collection of skeletal remains for teaching, training, and comparative data collection.

    Contact: Dr. Alice Gooding.

  • Community Geography is a result of community-driven collaborations among faculty and students that utilize geographical thinking, analytic, and problem-solving skills to research, map, analyze, and provide fresh and insightful perspectives on issues of concern to communities in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia.

    Contact: Prof. Uli Ingram, Dr. Paul McDaniel, Dr. Jason Rhodes, Dr. Vanessa Slinger-Friedman. 

  • Economic Anthropology, edited by Dr. Brandon D. Lundy, is published by the Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) to make available research that is innovative and interdisciplinary and focused on economic and social life to serve scholars, practitioners, and general audiences. Contributors to the journal represent a wide range of disciplines including cultural anthropology, archaeology, sociology, demography, economics, ecology, geography, and history. In 2017, Economic Anthropology doubled its annual publication list from one to two: a theme-based issue pegged to the annual conference, and a new Open Submission issue representing a wide variety of research engaged with economy and society.

    Contact: Dr. Brandon D. Lundy.

  • The Kennesaw State Field Station, managed by the Office of Research, is a 25-acre property located along a tree-lined road parallel to Interstate 75 approximately two miles from the Kennesaw Campus. The mission of the Kennesaw State University Field Station is to provide a living laboratory for researchers, educators, and students, promoting an interdisciplinary learning environment conducive for experiential academic experiences and strategic collaborations within the university community and beyond. The KSU Field Station’s goal is to support safe and sustainable communities through research, education, and civic engagement, while also addressing the instructional and research needs of Kennesaw State University.

    Faculty in our department are partnering with the KSU Field Station on a variety of teaching, learning, and research opportunities, including a food forest and sustainability issues (Dr. Vanessa Slinger-Friedman and Dr. Jason Rhodes), the Forensic Anthropology Field Lab (Dr. Alice Gooding) and two Forest Inventory and Research Plots (Dr. Nancy Hoalst Pullen).

    Contact: Dr. Alice Gooding, Dr. Jason Rhodes, Dr. Vanessa Slinger-Friedman, Dr. Nancy Hoalst Pullen

  • The KSU Food Forest is a 1/3 acre sustainable permaculture plot that mimics a natural forest ecosystem and provides a model of sustainable cultivation. Planted with fruit and nut trees as well as perennial food plants, it facilitates research, training, classes, and community programs on equitable and sustainable urban/suburban food systems. Please visit the KSU Food Forest website for more information:


    Follow us on our social media:
    Instagram: @KSUFoodForest
    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA0TzG4cnIMcE4chuqfuzUw/featured

    Please contact Dr. Jason Rhodes (jrhode22@kennesaw.edu) and Dr. Vanessa Slinger-Friedman (vslinger@kennesaw.edu) if you are interested in research collaboration, professional development opportunities, or volunteer opportunities at the KSU Food Forest.

  • The mission of the Forensic Anthropology Field Lab (FAFL) is to provide opportunities in research, training, and service related to forensic anthropology and related disciplines. Our field lab includes a variety of open, wooded, and underground environments to facilitate cutting-edge research and training in clandestine grave recovery. The FAFL is part of KSU’s Skeletal Variation Research Group, which also includes the Bone Biomechanics Lab. These resources are available to students, researchers, and law enforcement agencies. Training courses for law enforcement and medicolegal professionals will begin in summer 2020. Please contact FAFL Director, Dr. Alice Gooding if you are interested in research collaboration or professional development opportunities. Please also e-mail Dr. Gooding if you are interesteed in volunteering at the Forensic Anthropology Field Lab (FAFL).

    Contact: Dr. Alice Gooding.

  • Forest Inventory and Research Plots (FIRPs) are a series of 50m x 50m long term (permanent) plots used to establish the composition and structure of (sub)urban forest stands. FIRPs are located within the KSU Arboretum (established 2008) and the KSU Field Station (established 2020). Plots are surveyed every 2-3 years, with all tree stems identified, measured and mapped. Faculty and students are welcome to work within these plots as members of BIRDS, via a DAR (GEOG 4100 or GIS 4100), or when taking Biogeography.

    Contact: Dr. Nancy Hoalst Pullen

  • The Geographical Bulletin is a scholarly, double-blind peer-reviewed journal published twice a year by the Geography honor society Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU).  Additional special issues may also be published throughout the year. The scope and aims are broad, as articles concerning any area of geographical interest are solicited. Articles are solicited from researchers across the board, though the journal champions student-written and student-led research of high-quality. As part of GTU's wider mission, The Geographical Bulletin offers all articles free of charge, online, and open access to ensure accessibility for all, with authors retaining the copyright to their material.  

    Contact: Dr. Nancy Hoalst-Pullen or Dr. Mark Patterson.

  • Our state of the art GIS Lab includes 4 servers and 28 workstations. Each workstation has the following software installed: ArcGIS, ArcView, Erdas Imagine, Office 2007, as well as other software programs used in various GIS classes. In addition to the workstations there are 2 large format color plotters, 2 networked black & white Laser Jet printers, 1 networked color Laser Jet printer and a scanner. Students have access to a 3-D printer for projects and research opportunities. GIS students have 24/7 access to the secured lab.

    Contact: Prof. Uli Ingram. 

  • The Geomorphology Lab facilitates investigations into stream and river systems, soils, and paleoenvironments of the southeastern US, with current research centered around two main themes: 1) investigating stream and river response to environmental change, including past climatic change, and 2) using geomorphic techniques to evaluate rates and pathways of soil formation, assess causes of soil variability, and identify soil properties useful for geologic mapping applications.

    The Geomorphology Lab is housed in Room 108 of the KSU Visual Arts Building on the Kennesaw campus and is equipped for standard analysis of soil and sediment in support of faculty and student research related to this work. The lab contains a full size fume hood, sinks with hot and cold water, a top-freezer refrigerator, two sonic sifter sieving devices, multiple sieve sets, one analytical and two precision balances, three reciprocating shakers, two drying ovens, a benchtop muffle furnace, a centrifuge, a stereomicroscope, an ultrasonic bath, standard glassware, and other laboratory hardware. Field equipment includes various augers for soil sampling, a Russian peat corer, handheld GPS units, and surveying equipment.

    Contact: Dr. Bradley Suther

  • Founded in 2015, the Georgia Immigration Research Network (GIRN) brings together researchers and practitioners working on and interested in immigration and refugee research and policy as it relates to Georgia and the U.S. South.

    Contact: Dr. Paul McDaniel. 

  • Dr. Susan Kirkpatrick Smith regularly leads students in an Osteology Field School experience on the island of Crete in Greece. Dr. Smith has much experience in Greece, having worked for the Institute for the Study of Aegean Prehistory in Pacheia Ammos, Crete since 2007. She has supervised field schools or study abroad programs in Greece since 2006.

    Contact: Dr. Susan Kirkpatrick Smith. 

  • The goal of the Skeletal Variation Research Group (SkeVar) is to investigate bone-related questions and provide students and professionals with top-notch training, mentoring, and teaching. SkeVar members develop foundational knowledge in skeletal anatomy and human variation, and build transferable skills in experimental design, curation, and scientific writing.  

    SkeVar has two main disciplinary foci- static bone biomechanics and forensic anthropology. Students studying medicine, kinesiology, biology, or other clinical research learn to collect biometric data and CT scans from living participants. Students with an inclination towards osteology learn how to collect metric data from skeletal material and perform field research in clandestine grave recovery.

    The Skeletal Variation Lab includes a pQCT XCT 3000 scanner and workstation, space and equipment for data collection from skeletons, a digitizer for taking skull measurements, and a workstation for analysis and 3D modeling of bones. Student research out of the lab has been presented at the annual meetings of the American Association of Physical Anthropology, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and the Georgia Academy of Sciences. Those interested in using the lab's equipment and technologies for their own project or joining one of the research teams should contact Dr. Alice Gooding. T9he lab is located in the Social Sciences Building, room 3002. We welcome researchers from outside of the department and the university.

    Contact: Dr. Alice Gooding. 

  • The Tree Ring Lab (previously known as the Dendrochronology Lab and Tree Core Bank) houses dendrochronology field and laboratory equipment (Velmex, boom microscope and various size borers) as well as a series of tree cores from Georgia, Indiana, Ohio and the Great Smokies. This lab supports investigations into forest dynamics, and environmental and climate histories. Faculty and students are welcome to work within the lab as members of BIRDS, via a DAR (GEOG 4100 or GIS 4100), or when taking Biogeography.

    Contact: Dr. Nancy Hoalst Pullen

  • The Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network was established in 1991 by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of the University of Georgia. The objective of the AEMN is to collect reliable weather information for agricultural and environmental applications. Each station monitors air temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, solar radiation, wind speed, wind direction, soil temperature at 2, 4, and 8 inch depths, atmospheric pressure, and soil moisture every 1 second. Data are summarized at 15 minute intervals and at midnight a daily summary is calculated. A microcomputer at the Georgia Experiment Station initiates telephone calls to each station periodically and downloads the recorded data. The data are processed immediately and disseminated via the world wide web. Live data from the Kennesaw State University station is here.

    Students use data to support their forecast in the Weather Challenge Forecasting competition or Directed Applied Research (GEOG 4100 or GIS 4100) related coursework.

    Contact: Prof. Erinn Bariteau.