I am currently accepting applications for PhD students to join my research group in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies (GUS) at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The position is for a five-year assistantship in political ecology and provides a stipend plus tuition remission. For more information on conditions of employment please see our financial support website.

The successful applicant will work with me on political ecology projects focused on climate change adaptation, water governance, and international development in South and Southeast Asia. Qualified candidates should have a Master’s degree in Geography, Environmental Studies, Anthropology, or a related discipline. Candidates should have a strong interest in the social, political, and economic dimensions of environmental issues and be eager to work in a multi-disciplinary environment. Experience in qualitative and quantitative methods, data analysis, data management, and geographic information systems (GIS) are desired. Strong oral and written communication skills are required. Preference will be given to applicants who are proficient in Vietnamese, Japanese, or Bangla/Bengali.

The doctoral program in GUS focuses on geographic approaches to the study of social and environmental processes and conditions in US and international settings. Our diverse faculty share an emphasis on the themes of sustainability, social justice, and geographical methods. We train our students to conduct theoretically-informed and empirically-grounded research in diverse settings, understand interdisciplinary and integrative analyses of complex socio-ecological processes and problems, and specialize in techniques for spatial analysis with an emphasis on GIS, spatial statistics, and qualitative methods. The program serves full-time students only.

Doctoral research, while enormously rewarding, is a serious commitment of time and energy, and I expect you to consider the decision to apply as you would any other major life choice. I encourage you to reach out to me early and be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • why are you interested in graduate school?

  • what are your long-term goals and how do you see graduate school supporting those goals?

  • what do you hope to get out of your grad school experience?

  • why, specifically, are you interested in working with me?

Thank you for your interest!