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Showcasing the latest achievements, accolades, research, events and stories from the Department of Geography and Urban Studies  in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University.
Jacob Shell Book

Transportation and Revolt (MIT Press) by Dr. Jacob Shell

GUS Faculty Dr. Jacob Shell has recently published a new book titled Transportation and Revolt: Pigeons, Mules, Canals, and the Vanishing Geographies of Subversive Mobility (MIT Press, 2015).  In this book, he argues that political regimes have historically associated certain modes of transportation with revolt or subversive activities and have responded by acting to destroy or curtail those modes of…
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Neighborhoods in the periphery Colleen

PhD Candidate Colleen Hammelman Receives Research Award

Colleen Hammelman is the recipient of the James J. Parsons Ph.D. Award from the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (CLAG). This award provides $1,300 to support one-month of fieldwork in Medellin, Colombia, on her project Connecting for survival: Understanding the spatial implications of migrant women’s survival strategies in Medellín, Colombia. Building on fieldwork in Medellin…
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First Ever White House Mapathon

On May 21st, the White House hosted it’s first ever Mapathon, focusing on humanitarian aid, US parks and power outages. Check out their video on


Professor David Bartelt, 1944-2015

David W. Bartelt PhD July 31, 1944 – May 15, 2015 We at the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University are greatly saddened by the death of our friend and colleague, David Bartelt on May 15, 2015.  David retired in 2012 after thirty-two years on the faculty at Temple University, but remained…
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Alan Wiig and Michele Masucci

New PhD Alan Wiig Offered Tenure-Track Position

Recent PhD graduate Alan Wiig has accepted a tenure track faculty position as an Assistant Professor in Community Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston, focusing on urban economic development. Alan recently defended his dissertation titled “After the Smart City: Global Ambitions and Urban Policymaking in Philadelphia. His publications include ” IBM’s smart city as techno-utopian policy mobility”…
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Dr. Allison Hayes-Conroy Awarded NSF CAREER Grant

GUS Faculty Dr. Allison Hayes-Conroy has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation  Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant for a project entitled “Mapping the Role of Somatosenses in Youth-Based Creative Activity and Community Engagement.” The award is for $449,730 from June 1, 2015-May 31, 2020, during which time  Dr. Hayes-Conroy will be working in Medellín and Bogotá,…
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2015 awards

Undergraduate Awards

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 award recipients! Departmental Awards Carolyn Adams Award in Geography and Urban Studies Kalie Mackey and Michelle Stanley Henry N. Michael Prize in Geography and Urban Studies Jonathan Szczesniak Patrick Stocking Memorial Prize Kamol Sarker Delaware Valley Geographical Association Award Samantha Johnson Environmental Studies Award Katherine Ament Geography and Urban Studies Department Award…
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Meet a GUS Senior: Jonny Szczesniak

Jonny Szczesniak first became interested in geography while studying at the Community College of Philadelphia. After taking human geography and environmental science classes there, when he enrolled at Temple, it was a logical transition into the Geography and Urban Studies major. During the Fall semester of his senior year, Jonny took both a GenEd on…
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