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Urban Geography

Christopher Willer

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I am a third year doctoral student in the Department of Geography.  I arrived in Kent in the Fall of 2014 after I completed my B.A. in History at SUNY Geneseo to pursue my M.A. in Geography at Kent (2016).

I consider myself a broadly trained geographer with a wide-range of interests.  However, my current work lies primarily within urban geography, GIS, and community planning.  More specifically, my dissertation, loosely titled A 'Place' on Main Street: the Geography of Place Marketing, Branding, and Promotion in downtown, examines the geography of the National Main Street Program and how its local programs market and brand small-city downtowns.

Teaching includes: Geography of U.S. & Canada, Cities & Urbanization, World Geography, and Physical Geography Lab

 

Master's thesis: “It Takes a Village”: Urban Change in the Elmwood Neighborhood, 1990-2016

Job Title

Ph.D. Student and Teaching Assistant

Job Department

Department of Geography

Campus

Kent

Office Location

445B McGilvrey Hall

Office Hours

TR 12:30-1:45 pm

Andria Lynn Blackwood

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My research primarily concerns the social structure of urban spaces and the role of neighborhoods in mediating a variety of outcomes linked to race, gender, social class, community capacity, and civic engagement.My research primarily concerns the social structure of urban spaces and the role of neighborhoods in mediating a variety of outcomes linked to race, gender, social class, community capacity, and civic engagement.

Job Title

Ph.D. Candidate

Job Department

Department of Geography

Campus

Salem

Office Location

Room 306A McGilvrey Hall

Phone

330-332-0361

Office Hours

11:00 am – 12:15 pm Mondays and Wednesdays

Sarah L. Smiley

Sarah Smiley

I am an urban geographer with research interests in water and development.  I use multiple qualitative methods including surveys, interviews, participant observation, spatial video, mental mapping, and archival research.  I am specifically interested in the ways that colonial legacies of segregation and inequitable housing and amenity provision affect everyday life in Sub-Saharan Africa.  My current research project analyzes what access to water really means.  In particular I explore how the price, availability, reliability, and quality of water along with the physical act of walking to collect it impact water access.  I am based at the Salem Campus where I teach a variety of Kent Core and Diversity Courses, and I also teach graduate courses on Water and Society and on African Cities on the Kent Campus.

Job Title

Associate Professor

Job Department

Department of Geography

Campus

Salem

Phone

330-337-4228

Fax

330-337-4122

Jennifer Mapes

Jennifer Mapes


Dr. Jennifer Mapes teaches Human Geography, Cartographic Design and Nature & Society.

Her primary research and teaching interest is connecting global and national change to local outcomes, with a focus on urban sustainability in small cities. Living in downtown Kent, Jen continues her work on small towns by studying the recent downtown redevelopment. She is writing a book called "The New American Small Town." The book will be based in part on her dissertation, which examined the effects of global contemporary change in small towns, connecting theoretical understandings of place and space to on-the-ground outcomes. As part of her research, she spent nine months in seven towns in the American West, interviewing local residents and key decision-makers to learn how their towns experience and react to socio-economic and environmental change.

Her current research and practice focus on the city of Kent, with a particular interest in its recent downtown redevelopment. In 2017, she was named Volunteer of the Year by Main Street Kent for her work on downtown map kiosks. Jen is currently working with the Map Library to create a community-accessibly GIS database of Kent and Northeast Ohio.

Job Title

Assistant Professor

Job Department

Department of Geography

Campus

Kent