Graduate Students

Danya Al-Saleh
Pronoun(s): she/her/hers
Email: dalsaleh@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Kris Olds, Sarah Moore
Interests: Higher education, oil and gas industry, ethnographic methodologies, West Asia and North Africa, geographical political economy, feminist geographies, urban geography

Gareth Baldrica-Franklin
Pronoun(s): he/him/his
Email: baldricafran@wisc.edu
Program: M.S. Cart/GIS
Advisor: Robert Roth
Interests: Critical cartography, storytelling, open source mapping, cartography and labor

Alicia Barceinas Cruz
Pronoun(s): she/her/hers
Email: barceinascru@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Elizabeth Hennessy and Michael Bell
Interests: political ecology, multispecies studies, agrarian change, transnational conservation, migration, action-oriented research, environmental justice, Latin America

Anna Beck
Email: anbeck@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Sarah Moore

Kallista Bley
Email: kbley@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Sarah Moore, Jenna Loyd

Kela Caldwell
Pronoun(s): she/her/hers
Email: kecaldwell@wisc.edu
Program: M.S.
Advisor: Jenna Loyd 
Interests: Black geographies, Feminisit geography, Critical refugee studies, Racial capitalism, Vulnerability 

Li Can
Email: 2014lican@tongji.edu.cn
Program: Ph.D.
Interests: World city network(system), Global Cities.

YuYing Chen
Email: chen449@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Jim Burt
Interests: Cartography/GIS

Erin Clancy
Email: eclancy2@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Sarah Moore, Keith Woodward
Interests: Feminist Health Geographies, Queer Geographies, Eating Disorders and disability, emotion/affect

Emily Diaz-Vallejo
Email: ejdiaz3@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Erika Marín-Spiotta

Shannon Dillard
Pronoun(s): she/her/hers
Email: sldillard@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Christian Andresen
Interests: Landscape-scale response to climate change in the Arctic including melting permafrost, thermokarst features, soil biogeochemistry, plant community dynamics, and altered surface hydrology.

Nicolle Etchart
Email: netchart@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Morgan Robertson, Lisa Naughton
Interests: Agrarian and environmental change, politics of climate change, Latin America. political ecology, political economy of development, social theory

David Fastovich
Email: fastovich@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Jack Williams

Anna George
Email: aegeorge2@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Jack Williams, Robert Roth
Interests: Climate change, paleoecology, interactive cartography, geosciences education, biogeography

Lauren Gerlowski
Pronoun(s): she/her/hers
Email: gerlowski@wisc.edu
Program: M.S.
Advisor: Kris Olds
Interests: Urban geography, creative geography, cultural geography, political economy, neoliberal policy 

Kramer Gillin
Pronoun(s): He
Email: kgillin@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Matt Turner
Interests: Pastoral mobility, land tenure, environmental governance, legal pluralism, Islamic law and economics, land use change, remote sensing, development, and "resource conflicts".

Caroline Griffith
Pronoun(s): She/her/hers
Email: cgriffith5@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Bill Cronon, Anna Andrzejewski 
Interests: Legal geography, landscape studies, environmental history, cartography

Chenxiao (Atlas) Guo
Email: atlas.guo@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D. in Geography
Advisor: Qunying Huang
Interests: Spatiotemporal Analytics; Cartographic Visualization; Social Media Data Mining; Natural Disaster Management  (bridging geospatial data science, cartography, and social good)

Dillon Haller
Pronoun(s): he/him/his
Email: djhaller@wisc.edu
Program: M.S. Cart/GIS
Advisor: A-Xing Zhu

Luke A. Hingtgen
Pronoun(s): he/him/his
Email: lhingtgen@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Sarah Moore
Interests: agrarian and peasant studies, agroecology, historical geographies of communism and marxism, racial capitalism, critical development studies, feminist geography, psychoanalysis

Sameera Ibrahim
Email: sibrahim5@wisc.edu
Program: M.S.

Kevin Inks
Email: inks@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Ian Baird

Alicia Adelle Iverson
Pronoun(s): she/her/hers
Email: aiverson3@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Robert Roth
Interests: Cartographic Design, Geographical Analysis, Narrative Mapping, Refugee Movements/Human Rights Crises

Yuhao Kang
Email: yuhao.kang@wisc.edu
Program: M.S. Cart/GIS
Advisor: Song Gao
Interests: Spatio-temporal Data Mining, Urban Computing, Affective Computing, Social Sensing.

Chase Kasmerchak
Pronoun(s): he/him/his
Email: cckasmerchak@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Erika Marín-Spiotta
Interests: Soil ecology and biogeochemistry, soil organic matter formation and storage, microbially-mediated nutrient transformations, soil geomorphology

Meghan Kelly
Pronoun(s): she/her/hers
Email: mkelly22@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Rob Roth
Interests: Feminist cartographies, cartography, visual storytelling, feminist geography, borders and political geography

Erin Kitchell
Email: ekitchell@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Matt Turner
Interests: Land tenure, land use and management in drylands, Sahelian agropastoral systems, urbanization in Africa, political ecology

Jake Kruse
Pronoun(s): he/him/his
Email: jikruse@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Song Gao
Interests: Spatial statistics, urban planning, conservation, farming and the environment, social sensing

Laura Lawler
Email: llawler2@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Morgan Robertson, Matt Turner
Interests: Political Ecology, environmental governance and governmentality, market-based conservation, carbon governance, livelihoods, Critical Development Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Climate Smart Agriculture, climate adaptation, vulnerability, land politics, resistance and social movements, visual methods and semiology, East Africa/Tanzania

Luke Leavitt
Email: ldleavitt@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Keith Woodward

Zhe Yu Lee
Email: zlee27@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Ian Baird, Morgan Robertson
Interests: political ecology; critical development studies; science and technology studies; environmental history; biopolitics; social studies of capitalism/neoliberalism; global environment/development governance; alter-globalization and agrarian social movements; Southeast Asia

Yunlei Liang
Email: yunlei.liang@wisc.edu
Program: M.S. Cart/GIS
Advisor: Song Gao
Interests: GIScience, transportation, human mobility, location-based social media data, urban planning

Xinyi Liu
Email: xliu636@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Qunying Huang
Interests: Cartography/GIS, social media, data mining

Henry Loope
Email: loope@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Joe Mason
Interests: Quaternary geology and geomorphology

Taylor McDowell
Email: tmcdowell2@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Joe Mason
Interests: Soil, Geomorphology, Climate Change

Siddharth Menon
Pronoun(s): he/him/his
Email: ssmenon@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Stephen Young
Interests:

International Development, Urban Studies, Environmental Politics, STS, Architecture & Environmental Design, Qualitative Research Methods

c nelson
Pronoun(s): they/them/theirs
Email: canelson@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Jenna Loyd, Kris Olds
Interests: feminist geography, abolition, racial capitalism, queer geographies, social movements, higher education

Chelsea Nestel
Email: nestel@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Robert Roth
Interests: Cartography, geography of the classical world, the spatial humanities

Bo Peng
Pronoun(s): he/him/his
Email: bo DOT peng AT wisc DOT edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Qunying Huang
Interests: Remote sensing, machine learning, computer vision

Jianxiang Qiu
Email: jqiu62@wisc.edu
Program: M.S. Cart/GIS
Advisor: A-Xing Zhu

Vignesh Ramachandran
Pronoun(s): he/him/his
Email: vramachandr9@wisc.edu
Program: M.S.
Advisor: Keith Woodward
Interests: Diaspora studies, tenant organizing and social movements, Black Atlantic/Indian Ocean studies

Jinmeng Rao
Email: jinmeng.rao@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Song Gao
Interests: Urban Computing, Geoprivacy, Trajectory Data Mining, Location-Based Services, Geovisualization

Jules Reynolds
Pronoun(s): she/her/hers
Email: jreynolds7@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Matt Turner
Interests: Political ecology, agroecology, climate change justice, community-engaged scholarship

Anika Rice
Pronoun(s): she | her | hers
Email: amrice2@wisc.edu
Program: M.S.
Advisor: Matt Turner & Lisa Naughton
Interests:

Agroecology, migration studies, feminist geography, participatory action research methodology, agrarian and environmental change, political ecology, land-based pedagogy, Latin America 

Meg Rondinelli
Pronoun(s): she/her/hers
Email: mrondinelli@wisc.edu
Program: M.S.
Advisor: Christian Andresen

Rebecca Rose
Pronoun(s): she/her/hers
Email: rmrose2@wisc.edu
Program: M.S./Ph.D.
Advisor: Annemarie Schneider, Asli Gocmen
Interests: Climate change adaptation, remote sensing, urban heat island effect

Karen Russ
Email: kruss@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Joe Mason
Interests: Climate change, paleoclimate, the response of the hydrological cycle to global warming

Sahil Sasidharan
Pronoun(s): he/him/his
Email: ssasidharan@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Stephen Young
Interests: Urban and political geography; biopolitics; informality, marginality and everyday life of cities in the global south; India

Nora Schlenker
Pronoun(s): she/her/hers
Email: nschlenker@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Jack Williams
Interests: Species response to climate change, biogeography, paleoecology, niche analysis, information science, spatial analysis, science communication

Akarath (Ake) Soukhaphon
Pronoun(s): he/him/his
Email: soukhaphon@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Ian Baird
Interests: Feminist political ecology, transboundary water politics, cultural landscapes, marginal histories, and heritage tourism in Southeast Asia; Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies

Seth Spawn-Lee
Email: spawn@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Holly Gibbs
Interests: Land Use, Agricultural Policy and Management, Carbon, Biogeochemistry

Clare Sullivan
Email: ccsullivan3@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Holly Gibbs

Laura Szymanski
Email: lszymanski@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Erika Marín-Spiotta
Interests: Physical geography: soil carbon stabilization, biogeochemistry, ecosystem dynamics

Sarah Tolbert
Email: stolbert2@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Lisa Naughton

Ruth Trumble
Pronoun(s): she/her
Email: rtrumble@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Robert Kaiser
Interests: Political geography, disaster preparedness, the poltiics of expertise, urban geography, Cold War urban planning, southeastern Europe, qualitative methods, disaster risk reduction, science and technology studies (STS), DRR infrastructure

Stepha Velednitsky
Pronoun(s): she/her, they/them
Email: stephanie.velednitsky@gmail.com
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Sarah Moore, Jenna Loyd
Interests: Labor migration, social reproduction, racial and intergenerational trauma, somatics, Israel/Palestine, Former Soviet Union

Jirapa (Jamp) Vongkusolkit
Email: vongkusolkit@wisc.edu
Program: M.S. Cart/GIS
Advisor: Qunying Huang
Interests: Machine learning, remote sensing, natural disasters

Samto Wongso
Email: Swongso@wisc.edu
Program: M.S./Ph.D.
Advisor: Asli Gocmen
Interests: Suburban neighborhoods and sprawl; urban sustainability; GIS and remote sensing

Meiliu Wu
Email: mwu233@wisc.edu
Program: M.S. Cart/GIS
Advisor: Qunying Huang
Interests: Big Data Mining, Social Media, Human Mobility, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Geovisualization

Allen Xiao
Email: hxiao35@wisc.edu
Program: Ph.D.
Advisor: Bob Kaiser, Matt Turner
Interests: African urbanism, identity & subjectivity, mobility & transportation, ethnicity & immigration, and Chinese in Africa

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