Officers

If you wish to contact one of our officers, please use the form on our contact us page.

Chair: Ana Sanchez-Rivera- University of Maryland

Ana is a first generation student that comes from an economically disadvantaged family. Ana is also
a product of the public education system, and English is her second language.
Ana completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, with a
double in Psychology and Geography. After graduating from UPR, Ana decided to pursue graduate
studies in Geography and obtained her Masters in Multicultural Geography from SUNY Binghamton.
Currently, Ana is a Ph.D. candidate in Human Geography at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Vice-Chair: Mia Renaud- Northeastern University

Mia Renauld, vice chair, is a Sociology PhD student at Northeastern University who describes herself as a “a geographer in sociologist’s clothing” due to her concentration on spatial and scalar analyses of environmental and social issues. Her research aims to rethink environmental justice to explore multiple components of its production, including regional race formation, corporate-community relations, governance, and social movements. Renauld got involved with AAG in 2016 when she was presented with the Professional Development Award and has since organized paper panels for AAG.

Treasurer: Deborah Ayodele- Arizona State University

Deborah is a PhD Candidate in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. She received her M.A. in geography from Arizona State University and her B.Sc. in geography from the University of Lagos. Her broad research interests are in human-environment interactions and issues of global change, with specialization in water resource governance. Her current research investigates scalar issues in water governance, and the role of power in sustainability transitions. Deborah serves as Treasurer on GSAG’s board.

Secretary: Maël Le Noc- Texas State University

Maël Le Noc is a PhD student in Geography at Texas State University working under the supervision of Alberto Giordano. He grew up in France and received his master’s degree in Geography from Texas State University in May 2016. His main research interests include historical GIS and the Geography of the Holocaust, with a focus on family separations.

Community Builder:John Ponstingel- Binghamton University

John Ponstingel is an MA student from Binghamton University. His research interests include: Race and Ethnicity, Urban Geography, Population Geography and Urban Planning/Sustainability.

Community Builder: Jon Magee- University of Georgia

Jon Magee is an MA student in Geography at the University of Georgia. He studies non-profits and community organizing around social justice, especially in the area of food and agriculture. As a community builder for GSAG he hopes to foster conversations around mental health in academia. He is also a member of the AAG’s Mental Health Task Force.

Council Representative: Christopher Hair- University of Southern Mississippi 

Chris Hair is a Ph.D. student at the University of Southern Mississippi.  Chris would consider himself primarily a human/cultural geographer but he is also very interested in physical geography and the relationship between humans and their environment. Chris’s region of interest is Latin America, and his research focuses on the changing dynamics of small-scale contemporary agriculture in Ecuador.  He is also interested in landscapes, repeat photography, political ecology, and sUAS remote sensing. Chris has been a member of GSAG for over a year now and has enjoyed the opportunity to meet other graduate students and discuss research, as well as the building and development of a graduate community.

Board Member: Brian Williams- University of Georgia 

Brian Williams is a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Georgia.  His dissertation project is a political ecology of race and pesticides in the shift from plantation agriculture to contemporary agro-industry in the US South.

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