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Department of Geography

Our People

The Department of Geography's full-time faculty members have teaching and research expertise that spans the discipline, including geographic information science, physical and environmental geography, environment-society studies, and human geography. Our faculty are also leaders and participants in a range of interdisciplinary programs and centers across campus, including the Environment and Sustainability Program and the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies.



Jessica Barnes
Associate Professor — jointly appointed with School of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Degree: Ph.D. 2010, Columbia University
Research: Environment, resource politics, water, development, Middle East
Contact: Callcott 221 | | (803) 777-9945

Gregory J. Carbone

Degree: Ph.D. 1990, University of Wisconsin
Research: Weather and climate
Contact: Callcott 327-B | | (803) 777-0682

Austin Crane

Degree: Ph.D. 2021, University of Washington
Research: global inequality, development, migration, borders, law, humanitarianism
Contact: Gambrell Hall, Room 251-E  | | (803) 777-4551

Susan L. Cutter
Carolina Distinguished Professor; Director, Hazards Vulnerability & Resilience Institute

Degree: Ph.D. 1976, University of Chicago
Research: Environmental hazards and risks, environmental policy, natural resources
Contact: Callcott 312 | | (803) 777-1590

Carl Dahlman
Professor, Director of the Walker Institute

Degree: Ph.D. 2001, University of Kentucky
Research: Political geography, critical geopolitics, migration, southeast Europe, Middle East
Contact: Callcott 305 | |

Meredith DeBoom
Assistant Professor

Degree: Ph.D. 2018, University of Colorado–Boulder
Research: Political geography, resource politics, human rights, Sub-Saharan Africa
Contact: Callcott 125 | | (803) 777-4605

Kirstin Dow
Professor; Director, CISA; Carolina Trustees Professor

Degree: Ph.D. 1996, Clark University
Research: Human dimensions of environmental change, environmental hazards, environment and development
Contact: Callcott 325 | | (803) 777-2482

Jean Taylor Ellis
Professor; Interim Associate Dean for Student Success and Engagement, The Graduate School

Degree: Ph.D. 2006, Texas A&M University
Research: Aeolian and coastal geomorphology, coastal management and hazards, sediment transport
Contact: Callcott 229 | | (803) 777-1593

Dean Hardy
Assistant Professor — jointly appointed with School of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Degree: Ph.D., 2016, University of Georgia
Research: Political ecology, hazards geography, environmental justice studies, and critical race theory
Contact: EWS 514 | | (803) 777-7593

Conor M. Harrison
Associate Professor — jointly appointed with School of Earth, Ocean, and Environment; Director of Undergraduate Studies

Degree: Ph.D. 2014, University of North Carolina
Research: Economic geography, political economy, energy, environmental sustainability
Contact: Callcott 111 | | (803) 576-6010

April Hiscox
Associate Professor

Degree: Ph.D. 2006, University of Connecticut
Research: Boundary layer meteorology, land-air interactions, forest meteorology, aerosol dispersion
Contact: Callcott 212 | | (803) 777-6604

Michael E. Hodgson
Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Degree: Ph.D. 1987, University of South Carolina
Research: Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, hazards
Contact:  Callcott 322 | | (803) 777-8976

Yuhao Kang
Assistant Professor

Degree:  Ph.D. 2023, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Research: GIScience, geospatial data science, place-based GIS, GeoAI, cartography, urban computing, social sensing
Contact:  Callcott 320 | | (608) 770-2098

David Kneas
Associate Professor — jointly appointed with School of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Degree: Ph.D. 2014, Yale University
Research: Political ecology, historical ethnography, Latin America
Contact: Callcott 326 | | (803) 777-1308

Robert Kopack

Degree: Ph.D. 2020, University of Toronto
Military landscapes, defense industries and security, the Cold War, industrial development/deindustrialization, energy policy, environmental history, social justice, former Soviet Union
Callcott 106 |

John A. Kupfer

Degree: Ph.D. 1995, University of Iowa
Research: Biogeography, landscape ecology, public land and water management, spatial analysis
Contact: Callcott 220 | | (803) 777-6739

Jerry T. Mitchell
Professor; Chair

Degree: Ph.D. 1998, University of South Carolina
Research: Environmental hazards, geography education, Latin America
Contact: Callcott 127 | | (803) 777-5234

Cary J. Mock

Degree: Ph.D. 1994, University of Oregon
Research: Synoptic climatology, climate change, historical and quaternary environments
Contact: Callcott 211 | | (803) 777-1211

Caroline Nagel
Professor; Director of Graduate Studies

Degree: Ph.D. 1998, University of Colorado - Boulder
Research: Migration, multiculturalism, citizenship, religion, Lebanon
Contact: Callcott 226 | | (803) 777-5234

Tara Plewa Remington

Degree:  Ph.D. 2009, University of South Carolina
Research: GIS

Catherine C. Studemeyer
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Degree: Ph.D. 2013, University of South Carolina
Research: Political geography, youth identity, Eastern Europe
Contact: Close-Hipp, Suite 381 | | 803-777-4186

Cuizhen (Susan) Wang

Degree: Ph.D. 2004, Michigan State University
Research: Remote sensing, satellite time-series analysis, bio-environmental change
Contact: Callcott 327-A | | (803) 777-5867

Sicheng Wang
Assistant Professor

Degree:  Ph.D. 2021, Rutgers University
Research:  Planning, public policy, transportation technologies
Contact:  Callcott 213 |

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