marialaneI 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.

Maria Lane, Associate Professor & Chair
Department of Geography & Environmental Studies
Editor, Historical Geography
1 University of New Mexico
MSC01 1110
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Tel: 505-277-5041
Fax: 505-277-3614
Office: Bandelier West 224

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