University of Wisconsin–Madison

Laura Lawler

Graduate student (PhD)


M.S. University of Wisconsin-Geography (2016)

B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 2008
Concentration: Environmental Studies, Development Studies, Visual Art

University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, July-December 2006
Concentration: Development Studies, Kiswahili Language

Research Areas

I came to people-environment geography from a broad interest in how articulations of environmental and social problems made by those in power (e.g. governments, funding and scientific institutions) get translated into policy and programs that impact marginalized people and their environmental relations. My Masters work examines the political nature of agricultural entrepreneurial training for refugees resettling in the US. I am interested in the transformation of agricultural and economic perceptions and practices and how diverse economies and new agricultural livelihoods are forged as people migrate to market-led regulatory environments.

Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant, UW-Madison
Environmental Conservation: Geog 339 (Spring 2017)
Introduction to Human Geography: Geog 101 (Spring & Fall 2016)
Resources and People: Geog/Environmental Studies 139 (Fall 2014-Fall 2015)

Awards and Honors

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, 2016-2021 Trewartha Graduate Research Award, UW-Madison, 2015 Morris Udall Scholarship for Environmental Studies, The Udall Foundation, 2006

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Geography
550 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706