University of Wisconsin–Madison

Cathy Day

Graduate student (Ph.D.)

Education

M.S., Geography, UW-Madison, 2011


M.A.T., Secondary Science Education, Cornell University, 2003


B.A., French and Environmental Science, University of Kansas, 1998

Research Areas

Impacts of global change on agriculture, agricultural insurance, arid/semi-arid agriculture, farm/rural livelihoods, political ecology, agricultural history

Current Research

My interests center around how global change influences agricultural systems and how humans perceive and deal with climatic shifts within a complex social-economic context. For my master's degree, I researched the vulnerabilities of farmer livelihoods to climate change in Niger's Sahel zone. My current work examines how the nexus of institutions, social context, and environmental change shapes farmer decisions in the southwestern United States. By examining the network of factors that contribute to farmers' choices, I plan to determine which elements of those networks may be most important for producing farm landscapes that sustain both farmer livelihoods and ecological health.

Courses Taught

Lecturer: 


Geography of Africa South of the Sahara, New Mexico State University, spring 2017


Geography of Wisconsin (online), University of Wisconsin-Madison, spring 2017


World Regions in Global Context, University of Wisconsin-Madison, fall 2017 and summer 2017


Head Teaching Assistant:


GEOG 339: Environmental Conservation, fall 2013, spring 2014


Teaching Assistant:


GEOG 340: World Regional Geography (online), fall 2014, spring 2015


GEOG 339: Environmental Conservation, fall 2012


AFR ST/GEOG/HIST/SOC/AFR LANG 277: Survey of Africa, summer 2012


GEOG 139: Resources and People, spring 2012, spring 2013


GEOG 120: Introduction to Physical Geography, spring 2010


GEOG 101: Introduction to Human Geography, fall 2009

Recent Publications

Day, C. and L. Naughton-Treves. (2012). Lessons from Early Efforts to Secure Land Tenure within Forest Carbon Management Projects. Introduction to: Lessons on Land Tenure, Forest Governance and REDD+. Case Studies from Latin America, Africa and Asia. L. Naughton- Treves and C. Day (editors). University of Wisconsin, Madison, Land Tenure Center. Link - Chapter One


Edited volume: L. Naughton- Treves and C. Day (editors). (2012). Lessons about Land Tenure, Forest Governance and REDD+. Case Studies from Latin America, Africa and Asia. University of Wisconsin- Madison, Land Tenure Center. Link

Awards and Honors

Trewartha/Odebolt Conference Travel Grant, UW-Madison Geography, 2017

Trewartha/Odebolt Conference Travel Grant, UW-Madison Geography, 2016

Student Research Travel Grant, UW-Madison Graduate School, 2016

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award

2015 Innovation in Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014

Trewartha Conference Travel Grant, 2014

Trewartha Conference Travel Grant, 2013

Trewartha Research Grant, 2012

Trewartha Conference Travel Grant, 2011

FLAS Fellow in Arabic - Academic Year, U.S. Dept. of Ed/UW-Madison African Studies, 2010

FLAS Fellow in Hausa - Summer, U.S. Dept. of Ed/UW-Madison African Studies, 2010

Trewartha Research Grant, 2010

E. Lawrence Palmer Award, Cornell University Department of Education, 2003

Contact Information

Email: ctday@wisc.edu