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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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. 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.
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.
Patterson, Mark, and Nancy Hoalst-Pullen, eds. 2014. The Geography of Beer: Regions, Environment, and Societies. New York: Springer.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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., 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, 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.
Other Publications and Reports
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Applied Geography, edited by Dr. Nancy Hoalst-Pullen, is a journal devoted to the publication of research which utilizes geographic approaches (human, physical, nature-society and GIScience) to resolve human problems that have a spatial dimension. These problems may be related to the assessment, management and allocation of the world's physical and/or human resources. The underlying rationale of the journal is that only through a clear understanding of the relevant societal, physical, and coupled natural-human systems can we resolve such problems.
Contact: Dr. Nancy Hoalst-Pullen.
Archaeology Lab and Archaeological Field Experiences
Contact: Dr. Terry Powis or Dr. Teresa Raczek.
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: Dr. Jason Rhodes, Dr. Paul McDaniel, or Prof. Uli Ingram.
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.
Geographic Information Science (GIS) LabContact: Prof. Uli Ingram.
Contact: Dr. Bradley Suther.
Georgia Immigration Research Network
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.
Osteology Field SchoolContact: Dr. Susan Kirkpatrick Smith.
Physical Anthropology LabContact: Dr. Alice Gooding or Dr. Susan Kirkpatrick Smith.
Skeletal Variation Lab
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. The 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.