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Bryan, Joe

Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. Bryan's research is focused on indigenous politics in the Americas, with a particular emphasis on land claims and participatory mapping. His work uses qualitative methods to engage the connections between resources, rights, and race, and contributes broadly to the fields of development studies, political ecology, and critical cartography.


  • critical cartography, participatory mapping, Indigenous politics in the Americas, political ecology, development geography, human rights


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courses taught

  • GEOG 3742 - Place, Power, and Contemporary Culture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Examines the relationship between places, power, and the dynamics of culture. Explores how the globalization of economics, politics, and culture shapes cultural change. Looks at how place-based cultural politics both assist and resist processes of globalization. Recommended prerequisite: GEOG 1962 or GEOG 1982 or GEOG 1992 or GEOG 2092.
  • GEOG 3812 - Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    Introduces the geography of Latin America, focusing on the lands and peoples of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Examines regional and national culture, history, environment, and population, as well as ongoing environmental and socioeconomic changes. Recommended prerequisite: GEOG 1962 or GEOG 1972 or GEOG 1982 or GEOG 1992 or GEOG 2092.
  • GEOG 3930 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Provides an academically supervised opportunity for advanced geography or environmental studies majors to work in public and private organizations on projects related to the student's career goals and to relate classroom theory to practice. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.
  • GEOG 4812 - Environment and Development in South America
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Presents theoretical approaches to the links between environment and development in Latin America and focuses on analytical discussion of contemporary (and controversial) issues in sustainable development in South America. Examines social, ecological, economic, and political forces influencing the use of natural resources. Recommended prerequisite: GEOG 1962 or GEOG 1982 or GEOG 1992 or GEOG 2092 or GEOG 3812 or GEOG 3422 or ANTH 3110 or PSCI 3032.
  • GEOG 5152 - History and Theory of Geography
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    History of ideas and institutions that have shaped contemporary geographic inquiry. Examines the evolving relations among human geography, physical geography, environment-society relations, and geographic information processing. Designed to situate graduate student research within major subfields and intellectual currents of geography.
  • GEOG 5632 - Development Geography
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Provides an overview of development policy and practice, surveying foundational works in Development Studies as well as critical interventions. Required for Graduate Certificate in Development Studies. Same as GEOG 4632.
  • GEOG 5662 - Seminar: Topics in Economic Geography
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2024
    Covers selected topics emphasizing faculty specialties. Topics vary with instructor. Check with department for semester offerings. May be repeated up to a total of 6 credits hours.
  • LAMS 1000 - Introduction to Latin American and Latinx Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Focuses on the main topics of Latin American and Latinx Studies, exploring them through interdisciplinary approaches. Core course of the Latin American and Latinx Studies Certificate.


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