Curriculum Vitae

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Educational History

Ph.D. Geography, 2006, University of Texas at Austin
M.S. Community and Regional Planning, 2000, University of Texas at Austin
B.A. Latin-American Studies (with Highest Distinction), 1995, University of Virginia

Employment History

University of New Mexico

  • 2014-present, Chair, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies
  • 2013-present, Associate Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies
  • 2007-2013, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies
  • 2006-2007, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Geography

University of Texas at Austin

  • 2005-2006, Assistant Instructor, Department of Geography and the Environment
  • 2001-2006, Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography and the Environment
  • 1998-2001, Research Assistant, Community and Regional Planning Program

Selected Academic Recognition and Honors

  • 2016, Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Queen’s University Belfast
  • 2010, Outstanding New Teacher of the Year Award, University of New Mexico
  • 2006, Price/Webster Prize, for best Isis article, History of Science Society
  • 2005, Graduate Leadership Award, Dept. of Geography, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2004, Clark Award, for best student paper, AAG Historical Geography Specialty Group
  • 2003-2004, CLIR-Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in the Humanities

Authored Books

Lane, K. Maria D. (2011) Geographies of Mars: Seeing and Knowing the Red Planet (Chicago: University of Chicago Press) ISBN: 9780226470788. Licensed to Human Science and Technology Press for Chinese-language translation.[Reviewed in: The Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, Nature, American Scientist, Imago Mundi, Isis, Journal for the History of Astronomy, Journal of Historical Geography, Geographical Review, and Cultural Geographies]

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

  • Lane, K. Maria D. (in press) “Historical geographies of outer space: knowledge, imagination, nature.” Progress in Human Geography.
  • Lane, K. Maria D. (in press) “Bridging the Florida Keys: engineering an environmental transformation, 1904-1912.” In American Environment Revisited, eds. Geoff Buckley and Yolanda Youngs (Rowman & Littlefield).
  • Healy, A., C.D. Lippitt, D. Phillips, and M. Lane (2017) “A comparison of suitability models to identify prehistoric agricultural fields in western New Mexico.” Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 11: 427434.
  • Lane, K. Maria D. (2016) “Pros and cons of a cosmopolitan classroom,” in Going Inward: the Role of Cultural Introspection in College Teaching, eds. S. D. Longerbeam and A. F. Chávez (New York: Peter Lang Publishing), pp. 181-190.
  • Rebecca Lave, Matthew W. Wilson, Elizabeth S. Barron, Christine Biermann, Mark A. Carey, Chris S. Duvall, Leigh Johnson, K. Maria Lane, Nathan McClintock, Darla Munroe, Rachel Pain, James Proctor, Bruce L. Rhoads, Morgan M. Robertson, Jairus Rossi, Nathan F. Sayre, Gregory Simon, Marc Tadaki and Christopher Van Dyke (2014) “Intervention: Critical physical geography.” Canadian Geographer 58(1): 1-10.
  • Perramond, Eric P. and K. Maria D. Lane (2014) “Territory to state: law, power, and water in New Mexico,” in Negotiating Territoriality: Spatial Dialogues between State and Tradition, eds. Allan Charles Dawson, Laura Zanotti, and Ismael Vaccaro (New York: Routledge), 142-162.
  • Lane, K. Maria D. (2014) “An odyssey among deserts,” in North American Odyssey: Historical Geographies for the 21st Century, eds. Craig Colten and Geoff Buckley (Rowman & Littlefield).
  • Lane, K. Maria D. (2013) “Reading Boulder Dam: landscape alteration as national transformation in 1930s America.” Aether: The Journal of Media Geography, 11: 102-126. (Special issue on “Landscape, history, and media,” eds. Christina Dando and Eric Olmansen.)
  • Lane, K. Maria D. (2011) “Water, technology, and the courtroom: Negotiating reclamation policy in territorial New Mexico.” Journal of Historical Geography, 37: 300-311.

Recent Book Reviews and Non-Refereed Articles

  • Lane, Maria (2017) Review of Michele Currie Navakas, Liquid Landscape: Geography and Settlement at the Edge of Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018) in Historical Geography 45.
  • Lane, K. Maria D. (2017) Review of Margaret A. Bickers, Red Water, Black Gold: The Canadian River in Western Texas, 1920-1999 (Texas State Historical Association, 2014) in Environmental History 22: 529-530.
  • Lane, Maria (2017) Review of Janet Vertesi, Seeing Like a Rover: How Robots, Teams, and Images Craft Knowledge of Mars (University of Chicago Press, 2015) in Technology and Culture 58: 298-299.
  • Lane, Maria (2016) Review of Kenna Lang Archer, Unruly Waters: A Social and Environmental History of the Brazos River (University of New Mexico Press, 2015) in Journal of American History 103 (2):465-466. 
  • Lane, Maria (2016) Review of Siobhan Carroll, An Empire of Air and Water: Uncolonizable Space in the British Imagination, 1750-1850 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) in AAG Review of Books 42 (2): 62-64.
  • Lane, Maria (2014) Review of Philip J. Stooke, The International Atlas of Mars Exploration: The First Five Decades (Cambridge, 2012) in Quest: The Quarterly of Spaceflight History 21(3):57-58.
  • Lane, Maria (2014) Review of Elinore Barrett, The Spanish colonial settlement landscapes of New Mexico, 1598-1680 (University of New Mexico Press, 2012) in Journal of Latin American Geography 13(1) 233-234.


  • 2011-2017, Co-Editor, Historical Geography
  • 2000-2002, Senior Editor, Planning Forum

Conferences Organized

2014, Co-organizer (with Shawn Hutchinson of Kansas State University) for joint meeting of the Southwest and Great Plains / Rocky Mountains Divisions of the Association of American Geographers, Albuquerque, NM: October 23-25.

Selected Lectures

  • 2018, “Writing Historical Geography.” International Conference of Historical Geographers. Warsaw, Poland, July 14-19.
  • 2018, “Limits and Links: A Historical Geography of Railroads in Cuba.” Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers. San Jose, Costa Rica, May 20-22.
  • 2018, “Critical Historical Geographies.” Lecture, roundtable, paper workshop session. Dartmouth College, May 16-19.
  • 2018, Making the Florida Keys American: A Historical Geography of Islands.” Department of Geography colloquium, University of Nevada-Reno, February 2018.
  • 2017, Managing water in Territorial-era New Mexico: Hydraulic expertise and the science of settlement.” Nippissing University symposium: “Challenging Canada 150: Settler Colonialism and Critical Environmental Sciences,” North Bay, Ontario, October 14.
  • 2017, “When did Key West become American? Rails, reefs, and the re-imagining of North Havana.” Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers. New Orleans, LA: January 3-5.
  • 2016, “Colonial Geographies of Mars: Past, Present and Future.” SSC School Seminar, Queen’s University, Belfast UK, October 27.
  • 2016, “The Geographies of Mars.” Humanities Center at DePaul University, Chicago, IL, October 17.
  • 2013, “Natural resources and the production of urban possibilities in the Southwestern borderlands.” Symposium presentation at the Center for Urban and Global Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, April 20.
  • 2011, “Geographies of Mars: science, image and spectacle.” National Center for Competence in Research on Iconic Criticism, University of Basel, Switzerland, October 4.
  • 2011, “Geographies of Mars.” Keynote Science Speaker at New Mexico Science Fiction Conference, Albuquerque, NM, August 26.

Recent Sessions Organized at Professional Meetings

  • 2016, “The Role of Small and Independent Journals in a Dynamic Publication Landscape.” Session organized for the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. San Francisco, CA: March 29-April 2.
  • 2012, “Historical Geographies of the Environment: Water.” Session organized for the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. New York, NY: February 24-28.

Selected Research Funding Received as PI

  • Re-Imagining the Islands: Environmental Change in the Florida Keys, UNM Research Allocation Committee, December 2015 – May 2017 ($8,382)
  • Student Experience in National Trails GIS Development Activities, U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service, Task Agreements No. P15AC01641 and No. P16AC0112, 9/2015-9/2017 ($50,481)
  • Evolving Priorities in Land Management: A Pilot Study Assessing Historical Intersections and Interactions between Management Practice and Land Cover in Large-Tract Landholdings throughout New Mexico’s Rio Grande Valley (with co-PI Chris Lippitt), University of New Mexico, Research Office, 2013-2014 ($10,000).
  • Emerging Landscapes, Evolving Priorities: Assessing the Intersections between Land Cover Change and the Management of Introduced Species and Habitats on the Turner Ranches in Southern New Mexico (with co-PI Chris Lippitt), University of New Mexico, College of Arts & Sciences, Seed Grant Program, Turner Ranches Initiative, July 2012 – June 2013 ($10,000)
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates: Creation of a Historical GIS to supplement the Intersections of Authority project, National Science Foundation, REU Supplemental Grant, Funded jointly by Science & Technology Studies, Geography & Spatial Science, Award No. 1052903, September 2010 – May 2011 ($7,090)
  • Intersections of Authority: Science, Law and the Management of Water Resources in New Mexico’s Rio Grande Valley, National Science Foundation, Science and Society Program, Standard Research Grant, Award No. 0750115, June 2008 – May2011 ($132,412)
  • Geographic Representations of the Planet Mars, 1867-1907, Council on Library and Information Resources, Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in the Humanities in Original Sources, August 2003 – July 2004 ($20,000)