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Goldman, Mara J. Associate Professor


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  • I am a feminist political ecologist with a focus on the knowledge politics related to conservation and development interventions. My work explores epistemological and ontological questions associated with natural resource management, climate change adaptation, and wildlife conservation. Specific research projects focus: the politics of participation and knowledge regarding wildlife conservation practice in Tanzania and India; changing resource governance, knowledge, and ecologies in pastoral communities as related to climate change and institutional changes in semi-arid rangelands; and the gendered dynamics of resource access and wildlife conservation interventions. I have worked for two decades with pastoral Maasai communities in Tanzania and Kenya and am just beginning a new collaborative project on the gendered of wildlife conservation in Tanzania, Namibia and India.


  • Critical political ecology of conservation and development, politics of knowledge and participation surrounding conservation and development interventions, changing pastoral landscapes and adaptive capacities as related to climate change and social change, politics of climate change knowledge, Gendered dimensions of conservation and development


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courses taught

  • GEOG 1962 - Geographies of Global Change
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Familiarizes students with a geographic understanding of conflicts around the globe and of economic, political and cultural globalization. Analyzes the relationship between global forces, regions and local interests in contemporary territorial and geopolitical tensions and conflicts, emphasizing issues such as nationalism, migration, labor and natural resources. Formerly GEOG 2002.
  • GEOG 1972 - Environment-Society Geography
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Examines interactions between humans and the environment across the globe from a geographical perspective. Introduces different analytical perspectives through which to understand nature-society relationships, with a focus on social, cultural and political-economic dimensions, and examples from different natural resource sectors (e.g., water, agriculture) and countries. Formerly GEOG 2412.
  • GEOG 3862 - Geography of Africa
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Studies physical and cultural regions of Africa. Analyzes and compares the development of present nation-states and contemporary geographic issues including globalization, conservation, public health and food security. Recommended prerequisite: GEOG 1962 or GEOG 1972 or GEOG 1982 or GEOG 1992 or GEOG 2092.


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