I am a historical geographer who studies environmental knowledge claims. I am particularly interested in maps, science, and stories and the roles they play in creating, challenging, or legitimizing different human-environment understandings. My projects generally focus on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with regional emphases on the American West, the Spanish & British Caribbean, the arid landscapes of Mars, and places with colonial histories (almost everywhere, then!).
I welcome inquiries from potential students who are interested in working on these or related projects, and I encourage you to check out the research pages of other GES faculty at the University of New Mexico.
I currently serve as the Department Chair in Geography & Environmental Studies at UNM, as the editor of Historical Geography, as a member of the prize committee for the AAG’s John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize, as past chair of the AAG Nominating Committee, and as a member of UNM’s new Spatial Humanities Working Group.
TO CONTACT ME:
Maria Lane, Associate Professor & Chair
Department of Geography & Environmental Studies
Editor, Historical Geography
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Office: Bandelier West 224