Emily Yeh works on issues of development, environment, and the relationship between nature and society, broadly defined. Her regional expertise is in Tibetan areas of China. She has conducted field research on property rights, conflicts over access to natural resources, environmental history, emerging environmentalisms, nature and nation, transnationalism, and the political economy and cultural politics of development and landscape transformation in Tibet. She has also worked on the cultural politics of identity and race in the Tibetan diaspora, and on interdisciplinary projects investigating the vulnerability of herders to snowstorms and the determinants of grassland degradation in Tibet. Her newer work concerns the politics of Chinese infrastructural development.
nature-society geography, political ecology, human geography, development studies, environmental governance, identity, cultural politics, indigeneity
GEOG 3822 - Geography of China
Surveys the world's most populous country, examining physical and historical geography, urbanization and regional development, agriculture, population, energy, and the environment. Seeks to situate China's development in a broader Asian and global context. Recommended prerequisite: GEOG 1962 or GEOG 1972 or GEOG 1982 or GEOG 1992 or GEOG 2092.
GEOG 5161 - Research Design in Geography
Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
The human section reads and discusses contemporary research philosophies and methodologies in human geography. Practices the development of research proposals and presentation of research ideas and results. The physical section reads and discusses contemporary research philosophies and methodologies in physical geography (climatology, geomorphology, biogeography, and soils geography). Practices the development of research proposals and presentation of research ideas.
GEOG 5632 - Development Geography
Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
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 5652 - Introduction to Social Theory
Surveys theoretical paradigms in the social sciences. Includes canonical works from the history of the social sciences as well as contemporary theorists. Appropriate for beginning to advanced graduate students doing qualitative research.
GEOG 6402 - Seminar: Political Ecology
Critically examines the politics of human-environment relationships across cultures and societies. Focuses on environmental degradation, change and management from the perspectives including political economy, cultural politics, STS and post structural theory. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.