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Department of Geography


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
Assistant 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
Director of Undergraduate Studies; Professor

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

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

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

Meredith DeBoom
Assistant Professor

Degree: Ph.D. 2018, University of Colorado–Boulder
Research: Political geography, resource politics, human rights, Sub-Saharan Africa
Contact: Callcott 212 | | (803) 777 5234

Kirstin Dow
Director, CISA; Professor

Degree: Ph.D. 1996, Clark University
Research: Human dimensions of environmental change, environmental hazards, environment and development
Contact: Callcott 213 | | (803) 777-2482

Jean Taylor Ellis
Director of Graduate Studies; Associate Professor — jointly appointed with School of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

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

Diansheng Guo
Associate Professor

Degree: Ph.D. 2003, Pennsylvania State University
Research: GIScience, big data analytics, spatial datamining, information visualization, urban and health data analysis
Contact: Callcott 305 | | (803) 777-2989

Conor M. Harrison
Assistant Professor — jointly appointed with School of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

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

Degree: Ph.D. 1987, University of South Carolina
Research: Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, hazards
Contact: Callcott 327-A | | (803) 777-8976

David Kneas
Assistant 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

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) 777-5234

Kirsten Lackstrom
Research Assistant Professor

Degree: Ph.D. 2015, University of South Carolina
Contact: Callcott 207 | | (803) 777-3463

Zhenlong Li
Assistant Professor

Degree: Ph.D. 2015, George Mason University
Research: GIScience, spatial computing, big data analytics, geo-cyberinfrastructure/cyberGIS
Contact: Callcott 320 | | (803) 777-4590

Amy Mills
Associate Professor

Degree: Ph.D. 2004, University of Texas
Research: Cultural landscapes and historical memory, urban cultures, place and identity, gender and urban space, nationalism and modernity, Middle East
Contact: Callcott 226 | | (803) 777-5688

Jerry Mitchell
Director, Center for Excellence for Geographic Research; Research Associate Professor

Degree: Ph.D. 1998, University of South Carolina
Research: Environmental hazards, tourism, geographic education
Contact: Callcott 113 | | (803) 777-2986

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
Chair; Professor

Degree: Ph.D. 1998, University of Colorado - Boulder
Research: Migration, multiculturalism, citizenship, religion, Lebanon
Contact: Callcott 106 | | (803) 777-4970

Cuizhen (Susan) Wang

Degree: Ph.D. 2004, Michigan State University
Research: Remote sensing, satellite time-series analysis, bio-environmental change
Contact: Callcott 310 | | (803) 777-5867