A History of the Department of Global Studies and Geography at Hofstra University 2010-2023

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A History of the Department of Global Studies and Geography at Hofstra University 2010-2023

Submitted as an Independent Research project in Global Studies (GS 151), Fall 2023 (revised Jan-Feb 2024)

Advisor, Dr. Grant Saff, Department of Global Studies and Geography

1 Nicholas Lucchetto is a senior earning BAs in Geography (Concentration in GIS) and Global Studies at Hofstra University. E-mail: nlucchetto1@pride.hofstra.edu

Graduates at the end of Semester Party, Spring 2015 Geography Awareness Week: Alumni Day, Fall 2023

Fourteen years since the conclusion of Grant Saff and Adrienne Gillespie’s collaboration to record the 1935-2010 history of Geography at Hofstra University, few aspects of its existence, internal environment, or parent institution have remained static.

In 2010, the fledgling home of the Geography program set out to “recapture its history” (Saff & Gillespie, 2010, p. 1)2 from its prior days of being nested in Hofstra’s Economics and Geography Department, in which the Geography courses remained under-enrolled for several decades. Now, the independent Department of Global Studies and Geography resides in the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, established within the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (HCLAS). This arrangement provides more of the faculty and planning resources needed to support a well-rounded Geography curriculum because splitting from Economics and Geography in 2008 gave the new Department a dedicated faculty and chairperson, increased autonomy, and a distinct identity at Hofstra.3

However, while Geography is the historical backbone to this Department’s existence, it is not the sole pillar of study that has seen major change since 2010. The birth of the Global Studies program, born out of a rise in interest in the study of globalization at Hofstra and around the world, created a new interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts that has graduated 305 majors from Fall 2008 to Spring 2023, which are impressive numbers for a relatively young undergraduate program. The Department has also expanded its Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program with the hiring of one full-time GIS professor in 2015 and the introduction of a series of brand-new courses (see Figure 1).

A new student organization and opportunities for student involvement, alongside faculty members joining and retiring, have changed the Department. To remain strong through the strains on academia brought by COVID-19, the strategies of the chairperson and faculty continue to adjust and have affected everything from the courses it offers to the

2 https://issuu.com/hofstra/docs/geog_final

3 Dedicated resources, autonomy, and identity were frequently cited and major advantages of the newly independent Department of Global Studies and Geography within Saff & Gillespie (2010, see p. 40-42) and interviews conducted for this new report.


target audience of students it aims to cater to. However, amidst the strategic and operational shifts outlined in this paper, a strong focus has remained on retaining a core of deeply involved students who actively collaborate with the faculty and contribute to the Department’s student-centric environment.

Figure 1. Graduates of the Department of Global Studies and Geography between 2010-2023, divided by graduates with a B.A. in Geography, B.A. in Global Studies, and B.S. in GIS.

Graduate sums include students with multiple majors. For example, a student with a B.A. in Global Studies and B.A. in Geography (any concentration) would be counted as 1 in each category. Graphic: Nicholas Lucchetto. Source: https://www.hofstra.edu/global-studies-geography/alumni.html

Alongside my existing interests in transportation and urban architecture, it was partially this environment that led to my entrance into the Department in Fall 2021 (with a B.A. double major in Geography w/ Concentration in GIS, and Global Studies). At the end of the Spring 2023 semester, Dr. Saff mentioned the opportunity to create a follow-up analysis to his report with Gillespie: a retrospective and analysis of the history of the Department, post-2010. After thoroughly reading the 1935-2010 report alongside related


literature about university Geography programs, I agreed to author a new report in the Fall of 2023. My connections to the Department are strong and current; because this paper describes my opinion on the state of the Department at several points, it is important to describe my positionality as a current major, Student Aide, and recipient of a Masaharu G. Inaba Endowed Memorial Scholarship from the Department. My connections to Department happenings and figures, built over the last 3 years, partially made the findings in this report, which are those of the author, possible. For this paper, I focused on developing an understanding of departmental history before collecting outside sources for contextual review, and later conducting six semi-structured interviews with faculty and students (including a new interview with Dr. James Wiley, following up his interview in the prior paper4).

This report reviews my empirical findings and personal accounts from the interviewees to comprehensively review how the Department of Global Studies and Geography has changed in scale and scope. Dr. Saff also provided several informational and advising meetings together, reviewing the various drafts to add and clarify contextual history.

4 See Saff & Gillespie, 2010, p. 25-27.

(Left to right) Dr. Grant Saff, Dr. James Wiley, Nicholas Lucchetto, and Julian Rocha at Princeton University, November 12, 2023.

2010-2019: Local Changes, and Finding a Departmental Identity

Wiley, Saff, Rodrigue, Jensen, and Longmire—the five full-time professors of the newly formed Global Studies and Geography—got to work brainstorming strategies for how to build this fledgling Department. Beyond establishing the core Global Studies courses, Saff & Gillespie cited the Department’s most significant achievements at this time being those that induced “a very positive synergy between the two programs and their students,” (Saff & Gillespie, 2010, p. 39). This included the introduction of many new Geography courses, including Cultural Geography (GEOG 004) and Geography of South Asia (GEOG 114) in 2008; and Population and Migration Geography (GEOG 005) and Resources and Energy (GEOG 006) in 2009. Courses in the new Global Studies discipline were now offered as well, including the preliminary course Cultural Globalization (GS 002) in the 2007-2008 academic year, and The Globalization of Food Cultures (GS 105) in 2009. Revisions to the requirements for a Global Studies major and Geography major requirements also increased the number of courses that apply across degrees. Concurrently, an increased number of teaching sections allowed more students to take Global Studies and Geography courses, meet members of the Department, and engage in its events.

One key trait of Global Studies and Geography in its first years after splitting from the Economics Department was a collective entrepreneurial spirit, as the Department’s autonomy grew (Saff, personal communication, 9/27/2023) and the faculty were empowered to act on new ideas for the Department. Dr. Wiley recalled that the faculty dynamic helped with this at the time, led by “an excellent coordinator of what others are doing to help move things [in the Department] along” in the chairperson, Dr. Saff (Wiley, 11/12/2023).

A spirit of faculty proactivity combined with a rapidly globalizing world created justification at Hofstra for the Department to exist. This contributed to the launch of two now-staple courses in the Global Studies program, Globalization and Human Trafficking (GS 108), and Globalization and Human Rights (GS 109) in 2011. Three new regional Geography


courses later launched in 2012, covering Western Europe, Mexico and Central America, and the Caribbean. While launching new courses was an exciting prospect, Dr. Saff made it a point each semester to offer the two required Global Studies courses and two senior seminars (GEOG 191 and GS 180), in order to support majors who were soon-to-begraduates regardless of their final semester at Hofstra (Saff, personal communication, 9/27/2023)—a philosophy that remains embedded in the semester course schedules to this day.

This era

Department created Mu Kappa, the Hofstra chapter of the Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) honor society for Geography scholars, under the sponsorship of Dr. Jensen. Students in the Department are invited into the society based on achieving a minimum 3.3 GPA, and completing at least 3 Geography courses plus 3 semesters overall at Hofstra. Mu Kappa inducted 6 students 3 in its first year, and as of 2023, 190 members have been inducted in total (GSG, “Honor Society”)5 .

5 https://www.hofstra.edu/global-studies-geography/honor-society.html


One year later, the Department was given the opportunity to administer a new scholarship program for its majors. It sparked from an event in 2011, when the family of Dr. Masaharu George Inaba shared news with the Department that Dr. Inaba had passed away in July of that year. Dr. Saff and Dr. Rodrigue, neither of whom had met Dr. Inaba during his time at Hofstra from 1959-1991 (Saff & Gillespie, 2010), chose to attend his funeral and commemorate the former Advisor of Geography, who was credited for “keeping the flame of Geography alive at Hofstra during the difficult times during the 1970s and 1980s” (Department of Global Studies and Geography, 2011)6 . At the service, Saff and Rodrigue

6 https://www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/hclas/geog/geog_news_inaba.html

Mu Kappa inductees gather with their GTU certificates, May 2018
Academic Year Students Inducted Professors Inducted Total 2011-12 6 3 9 2012-13 6 1 7 2013-14 21 0 21 2014-15 11 0 11 2015-16 19 1 20 2016-17 14 3 17 2017-18 23 1 24 2018-19 18 0 18 2019-20 20 0 20 2020-21 11 0 11 2021-22 19 0 19 2022-23 13 0 13 181 9 190
Figure 2. Mu Kappa inductees per academic year, Fall 2011 to Spring 2023. Graphic: Nicholas Lucchetto Data source: https://www.hofstra.edu/global-studies-geography/honor-society.html

met the family, who expressed their interest in starting a scholarship dedicated to Dr. Inaba. Dr. Saff worked closely with Gail Inaba, the daughter of Dr. Inaba, to create the new scholarship program. This was an advantageous move for the Department: creating attractive courses and spaces for students was relatively straightforward, but meaningfully incentivizing exceptional students to put their time, energy, and creativity back into the Department was deemed a greater challenge. However, if students are rewarded for their dedication with something that can be proudly displayed—a scholarship—then a material goal is created, encouraging students to aim for attaining it. Thus, the Dr. Masaharu G. Inaba Endowed Memorial Scholarship was created, and awarded to its first recipient, Catherine Misczuk (2014, B.A. Global Studies), in May 2013 (Department of Global Studies and Geography, 2013)7 . The Inaba award has awarded at least $5,000 to each recipient every year—intentionally negotiated by the Department as an addition to the recipient’s existing financial aid package at Hofstra. This enables recipients of the Inaba scholarship to use their funds toward opportunities they would not have been able to access otherwise—for example, paying off their student loans earlier, or pursuing research projects that require funding. As of 2023, the Inaba Scholarship has been awarded to a total of 12 students majoring in Geography and/or Global Studies (see Figure 3).

Several strong cohorts of students formed and contributed to the new Department in its early years, motivated to demonstrate comradery and involvement by the opportunities it created. Many of these students in this period pursued their passions for geography while bringing distinction to the Department. The official Global Studies and Geography Club at Hofstra was launched around 2010, later renamed to “Get Global”. Students Adrienne Gillespie and Allison Redman filed the initial paperwork to create a club that would hold future events for discussing global issues. Later, Get Global would organize a series of “Diversity Dinners”: meals where students and professors would gather to eat and learn about food from other cultures. Several groups of students have attended and presented at regional and national Geography conferences (including 7 https://www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/hclas/geog/geog_inaba_misczuk.html


NACIS, National AAG, and AAG Middle States, among others), most recently in October 2023. These conferences provide valuable exposure to new geographic findings, chances to meet with professionals outside of Hofstra, and presentation practice.

Academic Year Inaba Scholarship Recipient 2013-14 Catherine Misczuk 2014-15 Athraja deSilva 2015-16 Sage Davino 2016-17 Sabrina Clarke 2017-18 Fatimah Mozawalla 2018-19 Alishbah Saddiqui 2019-20 Alena Clark 2020-21 Jenna Reda 2021-22 Ciara Negron 2022-23 Marrakech Cunliffe 2023-24 Leivys Garcia Nicholas Lucchetto
Figure 3. Inaba scholars and the academic years of their awards.
Left: Global Studies and Geography Professor Ramiro Campos with Department students at a NYC tree planting event in Marine Park, Brooklyn, October 2023. Right: Students enjoying the food at a Department Party, May 2018

Several fascinating opportunities arose to expand the Department during its first decade. Three years after the founding of Global Studies, Hofstra was seeking to start a multifaceted program and degree in Sustainability Studies, covering the theory and implementation of sustainability in the social sciences and natural sciences. Initially, Hofstra wanted to place this program in Biology, but after an unsuccessful job search for the director where most of the final candidates were geographers or urban planners, Hofstra identified Global Studies and Geography as a more fitting home for the new program (Saff, personal communication, 1/24/2024).

In September 2011, Dr. Robert Brinkmann was hired as a faculty member in the Department to make this happen. According to a Hofstra press release titled “Hofstra Appoints Director of Sustainability Studies, Plans Multi-disciplinary Degree Program” (2011)8 , Dr. Brinkmann (formerly the Chair of Geography at University of South Florida in Tampa) identified a need amid growing movements in corporate sustainability “not just to produce students who can work for companies and institutions dealing with sustainability issues, but to produce students who would be entrepreneurs and transform our culture through their own innovations”. Sustainability Studies was set to launch its undergraduate majors and minors in Fall 2012. However, during the first year of Brinkmann’s stay in the

8https://web.archive.org/web/20150907062331/http:/www.hofstra.edu/Home/News/pressreleases/Archive/ 04122011_SUSTAIN.html

Left: Students with Dr. Jensen on a trip to the Middle States AAG Annual Meeting at Montclair State University, NJ, November 2018. Right: Dr. Grant Saff, and Dr. Craig Dalton pose with Department major Natalie Correa at the AAG Annual Meeting in Denver, April 2023

Department, it became mutually agreed that the Sustainability Studies program would function better in the Geology Department, later renamed “Geology, Environment, and Sustainability” (GES). The first Sustainability Studies class at Hofstra, Our Sustainable World (SBLY 001) would formally begin as planned in Fall 2012 within its new Department (Ellucian & Hofstra University, 2024). Despite the spinning-off of sustainability, many Geography, GIS, and Global Studies majors continue to graduate double- or triplemajoring in Sustainability Studies, now under the direction of Dr. Jase Bernhardt. Considering the adjacency between the Sustainability and Geography disciplines, it is unsurprising that a connection was initially made between the programs, and continues to exist, albeit indirectly.

While the first 6 years of Departmental life proved significant for student opportunities, 2014 marked the start of a sea change among the faculty cohort. First, in 2014, Geography Professor Dr. Kari Jensen became the first Global Studies and Geography faculty member to win Hofstra’s Mentor of the Year title, an annual student-nominated award that began in 2012. Then, in 2015, Dr. Wiley announced his retirement after 24 years of teaching at Hofstra. Following his departure in Spring 2015, the Department retained a significant number of regional Geography courses he designed, a roster of distribution courses that revived the program in the 1990s, and hundreds of memories made—from his travels around the globe with other faculty members, to the courses he taught across several generations of students. Just before the end of his last semester, Dr. Wiley was awarded the Mentor of the Year title at the Spring commencement. He also embarked on one last study abroad in Cuba under the Hofstra banner in 2015 (Wiley, 11/12/2023). Dr. Wiley, reflecting on his tenure in the Department, stated he “could not have found a better job that was more suited to what I bring to the table, and what they needed at Hofstra at that particular juncture” (Wiley, 11/12/2023). In honor of his longterm contributions, the University granted him Professor Emeritus status. When interviewed for this project on November 12, 2023, Dr. Wiley remarked that he has kept his profound interest for Geography and travels internationally as much as he can.


Dr. Wiley and Dr. Jensen with their respective 2015 and 2014 Mentor of the Year Awards.

Following Dr. Wiley’s departure, Geography education at Hofstra placed a greater emphasis on technical education in the field with the hiring of Dr. Craig M. Dalton in 2015: an expert in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a technology that has grown rapidly in its practical use and popularity. As stated previously, the Department had been running a GIS program under the leadership of Dr. Rodrigue since 1999. Yet with changes in the industry and budding enrollment figures in the existing introductory and intermediate GIS courses (GEOG 060 and GEOG 160), hiring a new GIS specialist appeared strategically advantageous. Dr. Dalton held several years of teaching experience in cartography courses he designed at Bloomsburg University, enabling him to carry over years of material to the Department of Global Studies and Geography (Dalton, 12/12/2023).

Upon Dr. Dalton’s arrival, one of the immediate conflicts to growing the GIS program was the low number of students enrolled in its courses. Introduction to GIS (GEOG 060) enrolled roughly 15 students per semester, often in Geography, Geology, Sustainability, and Urban Ecology, as a tool that directly applied to their majors (Dalton, 12/12/2023). Outside of this group, little justification on paper existed for students in other fields of study to enroll–limiting the pool of potential GIS students and the number of courses that could be run.


Dr. Dalton, recognizing that advertising to students is key to building up a program, embarked on a strategic choice with support from the Department that paralleled Dr. Wiley’s impact on enrollment success: pursuing a Natural Science (NS) distribution status for GEOG 060, starting in the 2021-202 academic year.

The distribution system at Hofstra University is a series of requirements of all undergraduate students to take a variety of courses in specific, defined categories prior to graduating—for example, one Computer Science (CS) and one Cross-Cultural (CC) course alongside the student’s major coursework. Rather than being analogous to a checklist of courses, students are free to choose from a selection of courses in each category to their liking (as long as the courses have sufficient capacity and the student fulfills all their distribution requirements). Every distribution category has requirements defined by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (HCLAS); according to HCLAS, the NS distribution status has historically applied to courses that “engage students in a rigorous study in the natural sciences,” (Hofstra University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, “Distribution Courses”)9. marketing the Natural Sciences (NS) credit that applies to GEOG 060 to Hofstra students across schools and majors, starting in the 20212022 academic year. The NS distribution is advantageous due to:

a) The requirement for all undergraduate students at Hofstra to take one or two NS courses, and;

b) The relatively small pool, in relation to demand, of courses approved in this distribution category.

Past efforts had been made by Global Studies and Geography to establish GIS in the NS category. Dr. Saff stated on the matter:

For many years I had sought NS distribution status for GIS courses, but this was always refused by the Dean as the NS category was supposedly not allowed for Departments outside of the hard sciences. It was only when Acting Dean [Daniel] Seabold was in office that my request for the NS status for GEOG 060 was positively received and then supported by a vote of the College faculty. This highlights the problems facing Geography as a discipline in that in straddles the hard sciences and the social sciences and the former role is often not supported by administrators. (Saff, personal communication, 1/24/2024)

9 https://www.hofstra.edu/liberal-arts-sciences/distribution-courses.html


NS courses regularly approach or reach capacity regardless of their home departments. Additionally, most NS courses consist of one lecture and one lab, making them highly time-consuming for most students. GEOG 060, however, defied this trait, as lectures and labs shared one timeslot, and natural science concepts such as physical Geography, navigation, and environmental pollution could be taught in the curriculum. GIS is recognized as a science by many states including New York State (Dalton, 12/12/2023).

Factual support qualifying GIS as a natural science existed, but to earn a formal NS distribution, it would be a “competitive” process (Dalton, 12/12/2023). “Natural sciences are pretty rarified,” Dr. Dalton stated, as few courses are given NS status: in the 20202021 academic year, only 23 courses at Hofstra were offered that held NS status10 (Ellucian & Hofstra University, 2024). There was bountiful evidence and appeal to petitioning for GEOG 060’s NS attribute:

Grant [Saff] gave his blessing: for anything that will bring in more students, go…It comes with its challenges, but it also comes with what is achievable at that moment, because…you’ve got to get it through the Dean, then the Committee, then the college-wide vote–the HCLAS vote–because they are HCLAS distribution credits and the other schools at Hofstra respect them, but it is HCLAS that sets the rules. (Dalton, 12/12/2023)

This process successfully resulted in the granting of a NS distribution credit to GEOG 060, first applying at the start of Fall 2021 (Ellucian & Hofstra University, 2024), and as a result, a new incentive for students across all programs to enroll in an introductory GIS section.

The change in GIS enrollment between Fall 2015 and Fall 2023 was dramatic. To understand progression in the discipline’s enrollment, records were retrieved from Hofstra’s internal course catalog system, Banner Student Registration Self Service” (Version 9.26.1; Ellucian & Hofstra University, 2024), which archives current and past years’ course listings from the Hofstra Bulletin and each course section’s enrollment numbers. In Fall 2015, one section of introductory GIS was taught, and had 19 students

10 This sum includes courses where one lecture and one lab were linked, which must be enrolled in simultaneously and thus were combined into one course for simplicity.


enrolled (Ellucian & Hofstra University, 2024). Yet in Fall 2023, 7 sections ran, with 2 reaching their cap of 35 students, 4 that reached within 1-2 students of capacity, and 1 course with 22 students–filling 62.8% of the maximum capacity for GIS courses (Ellucian & Hofstra University, 2024) (See figure 4).

Y-axis (left) depicts the number of undergraduate enrollments in GIS courses. Graphic: Nicholas Lucchetto Data source: Ellucian and Hofstra University. (2024). Banner Student Registration Self Service [Web app]. Retrieved from https://my.hofstra.edu

Amid this spike in enrollment, the greatest change beside the number of total students in the GIS program was the growing population of non-major and non-HCLAS students taking its courses. Appealing to more students has grown the pool of students at Hofstra who learn about GIS and Geography for the first time, choose to join the Department’s other courses, or even major in Geography or Global Studies. The total undergraduate enrollment across all GIS courses and sections totaled 1,531 students between Fall 2015 and Fall 2023, an increase of 1,335 from the sum of 196 students enrolled between Spring 2007 and Spring 2015 (HU, 2024).

Figure 4. Undergraduate enrollment in all GIS courses and sections per semester, Spring 2007 to Fall 2023.

To offer a focused learning experience around specialties in GIS, and appeal to the growing group of GIS majors, new courses in Cartographic Design (GEOG 159) and Geospatial Remote Sensing (GEOG 162) were established in the 2016-2017 academic year (Ellucian & Hofstra University, 2024). In 2017, this expansion of the program saw the creation of a new Bachelor of Science in GIS, and minor in Computer Science and GIS, aimed at students who aspire to engage in the fields of GIS, data science, and computer science.

Conversely, with new students from so many disciplines taking GEOG 060 for a necessary credit, the odds that any individual student taking the course is invested in the material itself are not guaranteed. While multiple full sections of GEOG 060 are offered every semester, Intermediate and Advanced GIS are currently only scheduled for one section each with fewer than 10 students per section (Ellucian & Hofstra University, 2024). This lends to the observation that attracting more new students to a program’s introductory course does not necessarily guarantee an increased interest among those students in joining the major, or taking higher-level courses. Speaking on the challenge of retaining students from those enrolled in GEOG 060, Dr. Dalton states:

And that makes classes like Intro GIS vital to making or breaking the Department, because we have to recruit once students are already here, and we can show them what they can do if they take the time to work in Geography. So, the challenge I'm working on right now and have been for the last year, and probably will continue to work on, is how to get people excited enough about Geography that they are able to take advantage of the tools that we are offering…It's a challenge now, with the population we've got: it’s just the [class] size of and the number of people who can do the NS [Natural Science credit] late in the late in their time at Hofstra. (Dalton, 12/12/2023)

This presents a challenge that the Department is currently trying to address by making the technical elements of GIS more accessible early on through revising the curriculum and overall recruitment strategy, with the goal of easing more students into the higherlevel courses. This is starting to pay off with a healthy enrollment for the Intermediate GIS class in Spring 2024. Additionally, as GIS can be applied as an elective for graduate students in Sustainability and Urban Ecology, since the introduction of Geographic Information Systems for Graduate Students (GEOG 260/2160), recruiting graduate


students from these programs may help provide the important enrollment figures and student involvement that the Department requires going forward.

Through current majors concentrating in GIS, including departmental peer teachers (who work directly with students requesting tutor and review sessions on GIS material), the Department aims toward personally encouraging more students to take up GIS as part of their academic careers by advertising it as an applied technology, useful for a variety of fields and marketable in today’s competitive job market. This is evident in the Department’s (2021b) GIS interest pamphlet:11

Graduates have found employment in a wide variety of occupations…Many of our graduates have pursued further education at prestigious graduate schools12 while others have been accepted into programs such as the Peace Corps and Teach for America. (p. 1)

2020-2023: Global Change, a Stay-at-Home Department, and Regaining Strength

Universities are not immune to the circumstances of public health and economics around them. Beginning in March 2020, academia faced one of the greatest challenges to student engagement, retention, and enrollment it had encountered in the 21st Century. The COVID-19 pandemic shut down in-person classes and, in many cases, entire campuses across the United States, to protect student and faculty health from the spread of the virus. The consequences of lockdowns on academic work varied by institution but spread to every corner of Hofstra University’s operations. Compounding the previous effects of the 2008 financial crisis, the pandemic reduced the number of students who could pay tuition without loans, and shrunk enrollment figures for some higher education institutions between March 2020 and Fall 2021 by 6.5% (Saff & Casellas, 2023, p. 136)13 . These changes effectively reduced the potential pool of students and tuition revenues that universities could draw from14 , and thus reduced the

11 https://www.hofstra.edu/sites/default/files/2021-02/gis-brochure.pdf

12 Said graduate schools include Columbia University, New York University, University of Cambridge, and University of Oxford, among others.

13 https://revistes.iec.cat/index.php/TSCG/article/view/150821

14 Saff & Casellas (2023) notes that this disproportionately caused changes among the strategies of “community colleges and second tier and below private schools” (p. 136), a category that includes Hofstra University.


pool of incoming students who could support departments through their academic involvement, and later as alumni. On the surface, this situation created deep uncertainty as to whether many academic institutions would emerge from the pandemic with the students and support, they need to sustain long-term success.

Hofstra was one of the few universities in the country to reopen its residential and dining facilities shortly after the strictest of lockdown rules were lifted. Students could continue to live in on-campus dormitories, but since academic buildings were closed, the remainder of the Spring 2020 class time was conducted remotely via video conferencing and virtual classroom software. Therefore, within the Global Studies and Geography Department, the critical student-faculty connection became more difficult to sustain. Dr. Saff remarked that the act of establishing and maintaining contact with individual students was often strained by technology and the lack of a common space to work and talk together (Saff, personal communication, 9/27/2023). Student-faculty interaction was isolated to scheduled Zoom courses and office hours, meaning the presence of students was now contingent on their possession of functional devices, internet connections, and suitable spaces to learn and work in. The closing of academic buildings also left the departmental office and common spaces in Roosevelt Hall closed, which later raised concerns regarding whether students would return to casually gathering in the departmental common space in Roosevelt Hall following the lockdown, restart the Department’s Get Global club (which had gone inactive due to the pandemic) or even use Department facilities. Recalling the transition to hybrid courses and student life, one Global Studies and Geography major remarked that, “Especially coming out of Covid, there wasn't really an established community of students at all” (Rocha, 11/17/2023).

Additionally, the Department did not have a full-time secretary on staff. In previous years, as Dr. Saff noted, a secretary was imperative to the event planning and administrative efforts that kept a departmental community (Saff, personal communication, 11/12/2023). The longest-serving full-time secretary for the Department, Christine Kempski, started in 2010, and after surviving a layoff in 2013, maintained her role until 2016. She was credited with having “created a welcoming and loving atmosphere…[and having] taken the lead in


organizing graduation and other events for students” (LoCurto, 2013)15 including new student recruitment. Her eventual departure from the Department led to a series of secretaries working for the faculty and students–including the current part-time secretary Nicole Dillon, who started in 2022–who have performed essential work required to maintain a departmental community. However, 2016 to 2022 was a period of high secretary turnover as full-time secretaries sought higher paying jobs and part-time secretaries sought full-time positions. Although many secretaries of part-time and full-time nature lent their effort to the job, with this rapid turnover it became more difficult to keep these community-cultivating tasks fulfilled without a dedicated, full-time administrative assistant.

During the COVID lockdown, the Department was stripped of its dedicated secretary and the Secretary of the Mathematics Department (also housed in Roosevelt Hall), Christine Jutt, was tasked to help out with the Department’s administrative needs. Saff notes that 15 https://www.change.org/p/president-rabinowitz-provost-berliner-evelyn-miller-suber-reverse-thetermination-of-ms-christine-kempski-in-the-global-studies

Mu Kappa Induction Ceremony held on Zoom during COVID-19, May 2020.

she provided vital assistance for the Department without any extra remuneration from the University (GSG, 2021a;16 Saff, personal communication, 1/24/2024).

Nonetheless, the Department worked to maintain strength wherever possible. In 2020, Global Health Geography was established as a cross-listed Geography (GEOG 115) and Global Studies (GS 115) course. This was a collaboration pre-dating the pandemic with Hofstra’s growing Public Health It was hoped that this new program would send students to the course and into the GIS program (Saff, personal communication, 12/4/2023). The course’s focus on the “spatial distribution and diffusion of diseases” on a global scale (Ellucian & Hofstra University, 2024) aimed to bolster the Department’s coverage of spatial analysis and applied Geography in its overarching curriculum and was also exceptionally timely given the global pandemic.

Global Health Geography was piloted for two semesters but did not reach the enrollment figures that were hoped for by the Department. Saff (personal correspondence, 1/242023) notes that the reason for this was that the Public Health program did not require any of the Department’s courses for their students, and the hoped-for collaboration between the programs did not occur. However, the course remains approved, and can be revived if demand for the class were to return.

Students enjoying the food, fun, and company at the May 2023 Department party.
16 https://issuu.com/hofstra/docs/globe-fall-2021-newsletter_0

The Department survived hybrid schooling with all its professors and programs intact, graduating 81 majors between 2020 and 2021 (see Figure 5). The following years would entail the difficult process of rebuilding community in-person, requiring additional effort from professors and students alike. However, since 2021, the departmental community has rebounded in its engagement of students for several reasons.

Compiled from data found at: https://www.hofstra.edu/global-studies-geography/alumni.html

Quintessentially, this would not have occurred without the existing avenues for student connection that the Department provided. Courses across the Global Studies and Geography programs already shared many of the same students from one cohort; when these courses returned in person, students were not only able to congregate and communicate at a deeper level once again, but often saw each other multiple times throughout their schedules, forming friendships based on their shared experiences—not only within the Department, but also across adjacent programs at Hofstra.

The case of one of these students is emblematic of this process. Julian Rocha (2024, B.A. Geography w/ Concentration in GIS, B.A. Global Studies) entered Hofstra University as an undecided major looking at various departments but declared a major in Geography

Year B.A. Geography B.A. Global Studies B.S. GIS Total 2010 3 2 N/A 5 2011 6 13 N/A 19 2012 8 17 N/A 25 2013 10 31 N/A 41 2014 18 36 N/A 54 2015 12 26 N/A 38 2016 8 26 N/A 34 2017 11 21 N/A 32 2018 15 29 1 45 2019 11 26 1 38 2020 15 29 5 49 2021 9 20 3 32 2022 4 17 2 23 2023 4 12 1 17 134 305 13 452
Figure 5. Graduates of the Department of Global Studies and Geography, divided by Year and Program, Spring 2010 to Fall 2023.

shortly after taking Urbanization in the Developing World (GEOG 106) with Dr. Lippencott, which the student called “one of the best classes I’ve taken in college” (Rocha, 11/17/2023).

Rocha was advised further by the faculty to join more classes in the disciplines of Global Studies and Geography, which further invested him into the program’s curriculum, connected him with more students, and got him involved with peer teaching and working as a student aide in the Department. Through his involvement, he found several friends who had also joined the Department (including the author, whose experiences are not directly cited in this report but are noted for transparency) through positive encounters with students and faculty. In an example of student involvement, they shared academic as well as personal interests and initiated several departmental projects together including a revival of the Get Global club in 2023 (which was particularly encouraged by Dr. Jensen), and various academic trips. For example, Global Studies and Geography Adjunct Professor Tiffany Cousins and four majors represented Hofstra most recently at the 2023 AAG Middle States conference in Philadelphia; and prior to that, Dr. Saff, Dr. Rodrigue, Dr. Dalton, and Geography major Natalie Correa attended the 2022 national AAG conference in Denver, Colorado. Additionally, several groups of majors have studied abroad on one of Dr. Longmire’s programs17—most recently, the 2023 “Paths to Peace” excursion in Northern Ireland, which was held from May 19 to June 10. This exemplifies how important supportive faculty are to retaining students and building a base of students who positively represent their Department. With said students engaging their peers from other programs and referring them to speak to faculty members, a cycle of new recruitment slowly grew. As a result, Global Studies and Geography has been known among its members across many years as an enclave of intellectual stimulation at Hofstra. Dr. Wiley noticed that when he encountered double-majors and minors in the Department who split their time with other programs, they “would come and say, this is

17 Dr. Longmire ran several other study abroad programs at Hofstra including the Mexican Odyssey, American Odyssey, and the 26-year European Odyssey series (Knock, 2011, https://www.newsday.com/news/hofstra-s-european-odyssey-turns-20-j82593) which was moved under the Global Studies and Geography umbrella.


like a breath of fresh air” (Wiley, 11/12/2023). In the current departmental atmosphere, it appears that this notion still rings true.

Students of the Paths to Peace in Northern Ireland study abroad program, including several Department majors/minors, May 2023.

Source: Julian Rocha

Conclusion: Trends, Concerns, Hopes and the Future

Fourteen years after the first edition of this paper’s publication, there are many additional lessons to be learned from the history, actions, and current condition of the Department. Consequently, in a time of deep change at Hofstra University and universities in general, we can reflect upon the past to infer where the Department might stand in the future.


The prior edition of this report (Saff & Gillespie, 2010, p. 40-42) made several conclusions about which trends this Department has experienced, both in terms of advantages and challenges. These included:

a) The necessity of hiring enough committed faculty members and fulfilling enough teaching sections

b) A shared focus and identity across a newly independent Department

c) The collective investment in, constant promotion of, and consistent advocating for a program, shared by a dedicated chairperson and faculty members

d) The forming of a sense of departmental pride among alumni of the new, independent Department


Gaining the status of an independent Department helped resolve many challenges of its prior nesting within Economics and Geography. With a dedicated budget, chairperson, part-time secretary, and collection of professors all committed to core departmental programs, an advantageous position had been created in which taking coordinated action to make a successful program was far more likely.

As previously described, this tight-knit group has helped create a shared identity among the students, motivating them to contribute to the Department by holding events and starting academic projects together. This brings more students into Department spaces and attracts new students to its programs. As Dr. Dalton notes, “What makes the Department special is having a combination…of programs that allows students to take the lead,” leading to more mentorship and research based around the concepts pertinent to their interests (Hof Pop, 2017)18 .

At the end of every Department graduate’s last semester, they are gifted a copy of the children’s book Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss, in a gesture of well wishes for their future careers. This tradition provides a keepsake that encourages students to remember their time spent with the Department, similar to how a yearbook can have an extrinsic sentimental connection to the personal memories one makes while attending school. Encouraging sustained Department-alumni connections is crucial; staying connected with students following graduation, however, has evolved significantly with



time and the progression of technology. Whereas alumni information was difficult to access while conducting the prior report, today the chairperson makes a constant effort to keep in touch with alumni online (primarily through LinkedIn and Facebook). Dr. Saff and the Department Secretary regularly write posts about departmental events, awards, and ceremonies, while encouraging current students to also publicize the Department. This has strengthened alumni engagement, since posts from the Department are integrated into their existing social media and allow for comments, creating outreach and interaction without the significant cost of more traditional strategies (e.g. alumni mailing lists).

New trends have also become clear from these reflections on post-2010 history. First, there seems to be a significant transfer of students into the Department who did not originally intend to study either Geography or Global Studies while attending Hofstra. This was apparent in how most students that were interviewed for this report (or provided feedback on its contents) claimed that they either transferred into the Department from another field of study, or applied for a major from an Undecided status, due to encouragement from Department faculty and students. This is not an easy trend to sustain: Dr. Saff notes that “while this has always been the case, it is becoming increasingly difficult as fewer students take non-STEM classes thus offering fewer recruitment opportunities” (personal communication, 1/24/2024). Discovering students

Left: Department students gather around the entrance Right: Department professors and their peer teachers at Hofstra’s Fall 2023 Peer Teacher Luncheon.

who are interested in geographic teachings but do not know about the Geography or Global Studies programs is an incredibly pressing challenge.

This highlights the importance of reaching out to prospective students through existing means wherever possible (regardless of whether they have shown prior interest in these programs). Making more courses available to students of other disciplines through the distribution system has boosted the number of unplanned majors and minors who can be recruited through GIS courses into the program itself. When students who had not heard of Global Studies and Geography at Hofstra are recruited, they are welcomed in with existing systems of mentorship, career opportunities, academic opportunities (peer teaching, scholarships, student aide work), and community. This once again evokes the concept of the Department as an enclave for academically driven, like-minded students at Hofstra University.


While growth in a Department is desirable, its leaders must take note that actual progress is sustained by being able to change course when the tides appear out of their favor. Most universities operate like ships: they take an enormous amount of time to shift—and a shift too late could become a gash in the success of an entire institution. The Department has

Faculty and student presenters at Undergraduate Research Day, Fall 2018

observed growth and the obstacles that come with it, as well as microcosms of the sea change away from an emphasis on Liberal Arts.

With a growing Department that has added 15 new courses, a new Bachelor of Science degree, and a new minor in Computer Science and GIS since 2010, hiring faculty fit to teach the discipline remains a challenge. The rapid growth of the GIS program, for example, has been overseen since 2015 by only 2 full-time professors (now reduced to 1, following Dr. Rodrigue’s resignation and move to Texas A&M University as of January 2024) and 1-2 adjuncts at a time (who are limited by the Collective Bargaining Agreement to teaching no more than 8 credit hours per semester). With 7 GIS sections taught in Fall 2023 and potential demand from students for more, maintaining a stable number of GIS sections will be limited foremost by the number of professors and amount of lab space available to the Department.

However, even with the hypothetical foresight to hire professors in preparation for future growth, gaining new tenure-track faculty is difficult. When a full-time professor resigns from their position at Hofstra, their line of tenure is closed, meaning no replacement professor can be hired without requesting a new line (Wiley, 11/12/2023). As tenured faculty are relatively expensive, petitioning for a line can involve making exceptional justification—and may or may not lead to a new open position (while a line of tenure opened for hiring a GIS professor in 2015, leading to Dr. Dalton’s hiring, Dr. Wiley’s former line of tenure has remained dormant since his retirement). However, if a new tenure-track position is approved, the hiring process must accommodate a competitive national search for job candidates. Fortunately, the University Administration recognizing the importance of GIS and the huge gap in the program left by the departure of Dr Rodrigue has authorized an expedited search for a FT tenure track Assistant Professor beginning in Spring 2024 (with an anticipated start date of Fall 2024) (Grant Saff, personal communication, 1/24/2024). Although a search is lengthy and multi-step, there is a strategy for resolving faculty absences far faster. The Department has employed 14 different adjuncts from 2010 to 2024, and the number of adjuncts actively teaching in the Department between 2010 and 2023 has varied between 4 and 7 per semester (HU,


2024). Adjuncts play an important part in filling courses in need of professors, and even enabling the Department to open new sections—which has been highly beneficial to the Geography and GIS programs in recent years.

The requirements for hiring adjuncts are easier to satisfy than those of full professors, which can become quite useful for the Department when absences arise on short notice. Following notice of Dr. Rodrigue’s departure, for example, other professors in the Department immediately started sending out more invitations for qualified geographers and GIS professionals to apply to open adjunct positions, making for a short-term solution before requesting to open a new tenure line (Saff, personal communication, 9/27/2023). Adjuncts are not always short-term hires, as they can also be hired as tenure-track professors in the future if their expertise and qualifications match that of an open position in the Department. The part-time status of adjuncts should not be confused with a lack of investment in the Department; there have been several adjuncts who dedicated significant time and energy to the departmental culture, from teaching courses for many years to organizing events with students. However, as adjunct professorship by its very nature is part-time work (and many Global Studies and Geography adjuncts have simultaneously taught at other institutions or worked on their PhD dissertations), it would be assumedly unfair to expect adjuncts to devote the remainder of their time to the Department amid all the other responsibilities they must maintain. Therefore, tenured and tenure-track professors are still highly important to building departmental success over an extended timeframe, even with the extra administrative energy and resources they require to be hired and retained. More broadly, the Department is affected by a shift in strategy, at Hofstra and other universities, towards heavier investment of resources and promotion of its STEM, business, and medicine programs. As more incoming students are majoring in these fields across academia domestically–undergraduate enrollments in STEM majors19 at American four-year institutions rose by 1.76% from 2022-2023 (Berg,

19 “STEM majors” refers to a collection of the CIP titles recognized by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (Berg, et al., 2023, https://nscresearchcenter.org/wpcontent/uploads/CTEE_Report_Spring_2023.pdf) which include at least one term from the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) acronym. This collection includes majors in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Biological and Biomedical Sciences,


et al., 2023, p. 14)—more American universities are shifting in the same direction. Due to this and generally declining enrollments in liberal arts and sciences majors20 , by -2.4% at American four-year institutions from 2022-2023 (Berg, et al., 2023, p. 14), Liberal Arts departments feel more pressured to change and adapt, rather than maintain continuity with how they operated previously. This has been shown in the Department’s efforts to attract students from the growing fields into its programs, most recently using the NS distribution status of GEOG 060.

Engineering, Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Engineering Technologies, Communications Technologies, Military Technologies, and Mechanic and Repair Technologies.

20 “Liberal arts and sciences majors” refers to the CIP title “Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities” recognized by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (Berg, et al., 2023).

Global Studies and Geography majors celebrate their graduation with Department faculty and staff, May 2019 Professors Wiley, Jensen, Saff and Longmire at the May 2015 Graduation

Hopes and the Future

History is a valuable resource to learn from for a Department at any university. Recalling the shuttering of Geography at Harvard nearly a century ago, and how much was lost among Ivy League universities following that single motion, acting to keep departments like ours alive and healthy is essential for the future of geographic education. Among the students and faculty who were interviewed for this project, there is a collective hope that the Department can sustain the programs far into the future, so more scholars can experience and build upon what it has. Additionally, by sharing this history openly, lessons from the past and present are provided for other departments of Geography, Global Studies, GIS, and related fields.

Since the report by Saff & Gillespie was published, and throughout the last 14 years of a changing and competitive academic landscape, it is the author’s hope that this case study of a Department provides insight into the importance, consequences, and continued survival of Geography, Global Studies, and the community cultivated around them in higher education.

To see Department photographs, visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gsgeog/albums/


Addendum: Why Global Studies and Geography is important, according to Students and Faculty

I think people need to feel at home in the world rather than the fear of otherness… rather than just being a consumer in the world or a tourist in the world, [a student can] really be a genuine global citizen of the world, which is one of the things I think Global Studies and Geography can give you.

(Professor Linda Longmire, 11/16/2023)

For those who maintain curiosity throughout their lives, Geography is instrumental in learning more about the world, with all its causes for concern and hope, as well as rejecting fear and stereotypes that we are heavily exposed to through domestic media.

(Emeritus Professor James Wiley, 11/12/2023)

I always ask [my students] on the first day of all my classes, ‘Have you ever taken a Geography class before?”...then I'll kind of follow up with, ‘Has anyone taken a Geography class prior to college?’ And most American students have not. And it's important as citizens and global citizens to know where places are and understand spatial analysis…And, you know, it's a field where you don't you don't see a lot of people of color, not enough…So I think the representation is important in the field as well.

(Adjunct Associate Professor Veronica Lippencott, 12/11/2023)

[Global Studies and Geography] pushed me outside my comfort zone… With students in the Department, I've gone to Washington DC, Chicago, Northern Ireland, Philadelphia and Jersey. I've traveled so much, and got to sort of put what we've learned into practice by traveling…If I hadn't majored in Geography, my view of the world would have been much more narrow minded. student, 11/17/2023)

Faculty and students at the Fall 2023 Undergraduate Research Day.

Appendix 1. Full-Time Professors, Adjunct Faculty, and Staff, 2010-2024

Full-Time Professors

1996 - present

Grant Saff

B.A. 1984, Cape Town; B.A.(Hons) 1986, HDE, Cape Town; M.S.C. 1989, Witwatersrand; Ph.D. 1996, Rutgers

1999 - 2024

Jean-Paul Rodrigue

B.S. 1989, Montreal; M.S.C. 1991, Montreal; Ph.D. 1994, Montreal

2007 - present

Kari Jensen

B.A. 1996, Oslo; M.Phil. 2000, Oslo; Ph.D. 2007, Penn State

2008 - present

Linda Longmire

B.A. 1974, UC, San Diego; Ph.D. 1988, CUNY Gr Sch & Unv Cent

2010 - present

Zilkia Janer

B.A. 1992, Puerto Rico Rio Piedras; Ph.D. 1998, Duke

2011 – 2012

Robert Brinkmann

B.S. 1983, Wisconsin Oshkosh; M.S. 1986, Wisconsin Milwaukee; Ph.D. 1990, Wisconsin Milwaukee

2015 - present

Craig M. Dalton

B.A. 2004, Vassar; Ph.D. 2012, UNC Chapel Hill

Adjunct Faculty (*indicates a professor formally in the Department of Economics)

Massoud Fazeli, 2003 – present*

Dr. Enid Lotstein, 2004, 2014 – 2015

Dr. Veronica Lippencott, 2007 – present

Dr. Judith Tabron, 2008 – 2015

Eileen Downing, 2009 – 2010

Dr. Arthur Dobrin, 2010 – 2011

Dr. Hewan Girma, 2010 - 2018

Dr. Ying Qiu, 2010 – 2020

Dr. Timothy Smith, 2011 – 2018

Dr. Emily Fogarty, 2012

Dr. Maja Bovcon, 2013 – 2014

Valerie Rizzuto, 2014 – 2017

Dr. Theresa McGinnis, 2015

Dr. Nisha Korattyswaroopam, 2015 – 2023


Ramiro Campos, 2019 – present

Dr. Alina Feld, 2020 – 2021

Dr. Giovani Graziosi, 2022

Tiffany Cousins, 2023 – present

Jaclyn Langella, 2024 – present

Dr. Judd Schechtman, 2024 – present

Secretaries (*indicates Part Time status)

Eileen Greco, 2008-2010*

Christine Kempski, 2010-2015

Margaret Sapienza, 2015-2016

Jackie Geis, 2016-2019

Metrez-Ellee Tiburccio, 2019-2020

Christine Jutt, 2020-2021 (Acting PT Secretary, FT Secretary in the Mathematics Department)

Allison Finazzo, 2021-2022*

Nicole Dillon, 2022 – Present*

Peer Teachers, Fall 2023.


GEOG 12S, 14S & 14F

(12F added in Fall 2016)

This course gives first-year students the opportunity to work in a seminar format with a member of the faculty in an area of the faculty member’s research interests.


GEOG 107: Urban Geography of Western Europe

The course examines the organization of cities and urban areas in Western Europe. Topical concerns that are discussed include affordable housing, urban planning, transportation, sustainability, segregation, and the problems of increasing urban inequality. The course also draws on specific case studies, including detailed discussion of urban issues in Barcelona, Paris, London, and Berlin, and looks at the ways in which globalization is affecting the urban culture and work opportunities in the cities under review.

GEOG 142: Geography of Mexico and Central America

This course will provide students with an overview of the physical and human landscapes of Mexico and Central America, as well as an analysis of the region’s multi-layered relationship with the United States.

GEOG 180: Field Studies in Geography

This course will examine, both theoretically and experientially, a range of methodologies and techniques utilized in field studies in physical, human, and environmental geography. This examination also involves understanding the processes of globalization and modernization and their impacts on the various sites that are observed in the field. Key concepts such as scale, time, succession, and sustainability will be used to observe and understand the diverse landscapes of urban, suburban, and rural spaces. GEOG 180 will be taught in the field, since that is where geographers seek the information that provides the basis of the great majority of their research. It is designed in a flexible manner that will allow it to be incorporated into a Hofstra study abroad program or a U.S.-based studytravel program, or to be offered as a locally taught course that will involve day trips into the field within the greater metropolitan area.


GEOG 007: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Beginners

A practical course that introduces non-geography students to the basics of geospatial data, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, and mapmaking. Students will collect or assemble geographic data, prepare that data for GIS, and use GIS to create a basic map. Students will develop beginner-level understandings of geospatial data, the principles of GIS, how to visualize real-world features, and cartographically communicating information. This one-credit course is for those who would like to use maps for their work, but have no prior geospatial, GIS, or cartographic experience.

GEOG 170: Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (Oldest record of course is available in the 2014-2015 Hofstra University Bulletin)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used to encode, store, analyze, and report spatial data. This advanced course expands the GIS foundations, concepts, and application techniques already acquired in the introductory and intermediate GIS courses (GEOG 060 and GEOG 160). It mainly focuses upon the professional applications of GIS technology, such as project management, geodatabase creation, advanced cartography, and data analysis. The student is expected to become proficient in applying GIS to the analysis of problems in a wide array of fields. The course is interdisciplinary; students may choose projects related to their area of interest (e.g., geography, sustainability, ecology, geology, history, etc.).

33 Appendix 2. New and Updated Geography and GIS Courses, 2010 to Present


GEOG 159: Creating Digital Maps

Using digital maps on our phones, tablets, and computer screens is an increasingly common part of everyday life and many professional careers. Being able to critically interpret, evaluate and design these maps and complex digital graphics is important to being part of modern society. In this handson course, students will combine art and science to evaluate and create maps for use in professional and popular contexts using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and graphic design techniques. The course covers tools, data sources, map projections, cartographic color, typography, and layout. In addition, students will learn about the social history and political and ethical implications of mapmaking. The course emphasizes hands-on practical skills for careers as diverse as healthcare, public policy, environment & sustainability, human rights, journalism, criminology, marketing, computer science, politics, law, urban planning, history, engineering, geology, biology, and business.

GEOG 162: Geospatial Remote Sensing

Remote sensing is a set of methods for obtaining information about an area or object without direct physical contact with that area or object. This course introduces students to the basics of geospatial remote sensing, characteristics of remote sensors, remote sensing analyses for research, government and industrial applications. The course emphasizes hands-on training in image acquisition, data evaluation, data management and geographic analyses across social and environmental topics. Students will practice use of geographic information systems (GIS) and related methods and tools. Lab assignments will supplement classroom discussion and reading assignments.


GEOG 115: Global Health Geography

Global Health Geography will introduce students to the connections between our environment, social context, and health, across global and local scales through core geographical concepts of space and place. Key topics will include the common myths about and the actual spatial distribution and diffusion of diseases as people move, the roles of place in community and infrastructure that shape health, access to health care in different parts of the world, connections between landscape, climate change and health, and the health challenges of migration, including forced migration and human trafficking. Students will be exposed to both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, including how mapping and qualitative interview techniques can be applied in the study of health.


GEOG 001: Global Environments and Cultures (Replaces World Regional Geography)

An introductory course that offers students a survey of the cultural and environmental challenges faced by the diverse regions of our globalizing world. From a regional focus, the course highlights how geographical concepts and methods can be used to analyze and inform issues such as global environmental and cultural change, human rights, nationalism, migration, population growth, economic and political change, sustainability, inequality, and globalization.

GEOG 002: People, Place and Power (Replaces Human Geography)

This introductory course investigates how power over the geographic landscape shapes key topics of human geographies, such as environmental change, cultural, religious, and linguistic diversity, nationalism, nation-states and imperialism, migration, population, urbanization, and economic and cultural globalization. Topics for further elaboration may include geographies of human rights, war and peace, social, spatial, economic inequality, gender, racism, immigration, healthcare, sustainability, and our global food system.



GS 12S, 14S & 14F: First-Year Seminar

(12F added in Fall 2016)

This course gives first-year students the opportunity to work in a seminar format with a member of the faculty in an area of the faculty member’s research interests.

GS 108: Globalization and Human Trafficking

This course will expose students to the phenomenon of human trafficking in the context of an increasingly globalized world. Human trafficking includes the sex trade and exploitation of women and children, trafficking in babies and children for purposes of adoption, and international trade of human organs, as well as trafficking for the purpose of labor exploitation. The course includes an examination of the definitions, history, and development of trafficking in human beings in the context of economic and political globalization. It will also assess the major international agreements and legal mechanisms that are employed to address human trafficking around the world. Interdisciplinary in nature, the course will include lectures, readings, debate, and guest speakers from international organizations dealing with human trafficking.

GIS 109: Globalization and Human Rights

This course deals with a broad range of issues and conflicts that can be understood within the framework of human rights in an increasingly globalized world, including the following: education; immigration; housing; the environment; and the protection of women, children, and minorities or marginalized peoples from discrimination, torture, and disenfranchisement. The course examines the definitions, history, and evolution of human rights as well as the major international agreements and legal mechanisms and organizations that are employed to monitor human rights around the world. In addition to lectures, readings, and debate, the course includes guest speakers from international agencies.


GS 170: Cultural Politics of Globalization

This course is an upper-level seminar on cultural globalization theory and analysis produced by influential intellectuals from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The selected texts employ an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the cultural flows that characterize globalization processes. The seminar is designed for advanced global studies majors. Students will develop an independent research project in consultation with the professor.


GS 115: Global Health Geography

Global Health Geography will introduce students to the connections between our environment, social context, and health, across global and local scales through core geographical concepts of space and place. Key topics will include the common myths about and the actual spatial distribution and diffusion of diseases as people move, the roles of place in community and infrastructure that shape health, access to health care in different parts of the world, connections between landscape, climate change and health, and the health challenges of migration, including forced migration and human trafficking. Students will be exposed to both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, including how mapping and qualitative interview techniques can be applied in the study of health.

35 Appendix 3. New and Updated Global Studies Courses, 2010 to Present

Appendix 4. Global Studies and Geography Graduates and Student Achievement, 2010-2023.

For the source data, and more information on the careers of alumni of Global Studies and Geography at Hofstra University, visit https://www.hofstra.edu/global-studies-geography/alumni.html.

Geography Graduates: 147 Graduates since 2010 (Bold) Graduated with Departmental Honors (HH) High Honors

* Double Global Studies and Geography Major

Ashley Hughes

Adrienne Gillespie

Michael Carrigy*

Michael Spofford

Allison Redman*

Cassandra Oswald

Hilary James

Stephen Cohen

Alyssa Coco*

James Yantis* (HH)

Sarah Santos

Lukas Miedreich

William Keating*

Daniel Graves

Rebecca Galin*

Stephen Fredericks*

Christopher Feneran

Hannah Skahill*

Nathan Shapiro*

Kerin Shamir*

Kaylee Platt*

Charles Picone*

Melanie Martha*

Kira Kazantsev*

Jaclyn Catania*

Caron Bricks*

Danny Bautista

Kevin Tamerler*

Kendra Sciortino*

Brittany Scalise*

Courtney Rizza

Jennifer Perniciaro

Robert Murphy*

Conor Monaghan*

Kyle Miller

Abraham Johnson*

BA 2010

BA 2010

BA 2010

BA 2011

BA 2011

BA 2011

BA 2011

BA 2011

BA 2011

BA 2012

BA 2012

BA 2012

BA 2012

BA 2012

BA 2012

BA 2012

BA 2012

BA 2013

BA 2013

BA 2013

BA 2013

BA 2013

BA 2013

BA 2013

BA 2013

BA 2013

BA 2013

BA 2014

BA 2014

BA 2014

BA 2014

BA 2014

BA 2014

BA 2014

BA 2014

BA 2014


Arista Hennessey*

BA 2014

Lora Dunn-Hardy BA 2014

Edward Hagenmiller* BA 2014

Gina Gallo*

BA 2014

Oluebubeechukwu Ezeh* BA 2014

Tarek Elkattan* BA 2014

Justin Ederheimer* BA 2014

Scott Cantor* BA 2014

Elizabeth Anders* BA 2014

Brendan Walles BA 2015

Clara Schopf BA 2015

Riley Metcalfe* BA 2015

Mishaina Joseph* BA 2015

Zoe Hoffman* BA 2015

Douglas Forgione* BA 2015

Athraja DeSilva* BA 2015

John Costello* BA 2015

Deeba Caravan BA 2015

Christopher Carchia* BA 2015

Carissa Brown* BA 2015

Colin Adams

BA 2015

Blaine Volpe* BA 2016

Thomas Vogel*

BA 2016

Temperance Staples* BA 2016

Alexandra Phipps*

BA 2016

Citadel Mejia BA 2016

Jaclyn Langella

Stacey Jacob

Bhavneet Anand*

Zach Wolpoff

Jennifer Steinberg

Breanna Stanco*

Amanda Skeene*

Connor Mayes*

Gibson Laroche

Sabrina Clarke*

Matt Christian*

Elyse Carmosino

CJ Burka*

Raymond Baierwalter

Hafeez Yussuf*

Christopher Thorsen*

Carys Swan*

Haley Schwartz*

Rachel Scarpino*

Aleena Pasha*

Amit Nath

BA 2016

BA 2016

BA 2016

BA 2017

BA 2017

BA 2017

BA 2017

BA 2017

BA 2017

BA 2017

BA 2017

BA 2017

BA 2017

BA 2017

BA 2018

BA 2018

BA 2018

BA 2018

BA 2018

BA 2018

BS 2018


Lauren Morgan* BA 2018

Claudia Modica BA 2018

Malcolm McCoy* BA 2018

Adanya Hicks*

James Eager*

BA 2018

BA 2018

Marissa Duhaney* BA 2018

Kelsie Brostek* BA 2018

Emilie Beck* (HH)

BA 2018

Laura Avendano Perez* BA 2018

Xiling Ye* BA 2019

Liliana Velasquez BS 2019

Sally Louise Roscoe BS 2019

Shannon Prevatt BA 2019

Lois Paquette BA 2019

Christina Paccadolmi*

BA 2019

Fatimah Mozawalla BA 2019

Zachary Cybulski* BA 2019

Ligia Clara* BA 2019

Nicholas Booth BA 2019

Rachel Billard* BA 2019

Olukemi Anazodo* BA 2019

Paul Weinstein BA 2020

Janet Tran BS 2020

Nicholas Tabarus BS 2020

Alishbah Saddiqui* (HH)

BA 2020

Hana Rubenstein* BA 2020

Emma Rossetti*

BA 2020

Raymond Ram BS 2020

Kyle Marrs*

BA 2020

Lauren Mahoney BS 2020

Ryan Leighton*

BA 2020

Sarah Klush* BA 2020

Sophia Hadeed*

BA 2020

Kyla Garcia BA 2020

Adriana Galarza*

Sarah Dowd

Gregory Canell

BA 2020

BA 2020

BA 2020

Alicia Chan BS 2020

Emma Butz*

Caroline Bowes*

Michael Allen

BA 2020

BA 2020

BA 2020

Jiyoung Yoo BS 2021

Olivia Tu* BA 2021

Jenna Reda*

BA 2021

Ivana Rahaman* BA 2021

Thomas Parisi

BS 2021

Miranda Maliszka BS 2021


Anna Kambouras

Sasha Horne*

Tianna Honeycutt*

Margaret Engel*

Sophia Dwyer

Autumn Christopher

Rachel Yovanovich

Erin Rosner

Nicholas Pollack*

Ciara Negron

Kate Meagher

Brandon Allen

Kayla Stadeker*

Zachary Kerzner*

Ariyanna Hrivnak*

Andreas Gukeisen*

Camryn Gallagher

BA 2021

BA 2021

BA 2021

BA 2021

BA 2021

BA 2021

BA 2022

BS 2022

BA 2022

BS 2022

BA 2022

BA 2022

BA 2023

BA 2023

BA 2023

BA 2023

BS 2023

End of Semester Party and Chinese Diversity Dinner, Spring 2018

Global Studies Graduates: 305 Graduates since 2010 (Bold) Graduated with Departmental Honors (HH) High Honors

* Double Global Studies and Geography Major



Rawlins BA 2010
Douyon BA 2010
Whitfield* BA 2011
Wertling BA 2011
Strzelecki BA 2011
Siegel BA 2011
Rossi BA 2011 Allison Redman* BA 2011 Alex Moore* BA 2011 Ama Mensah BA 2011
Johnston* BA 2011
Gwin BA 2011
Glaubiger BA 2011
Elfers BA 2011 Alyssa Coco* BA 2011 Kagen Yelmene BA 2012 James Yantis* BA 2012 Timothy Tan BA 2012 Anna Styles* BA 2012 Jacqueline Smith BA 2012 Elizabeth “Jane” Robson* BA 2012 Tara Ricker BA 2012 Christiaan Perez BA 2012 Shea Molloy BA 2012 Matthew Levin BA 2012 Sarah Labin BA 2012
Jacobi* (HH) BA 2012 Christina Hoffman BA 2012 Meghan Greenfield BA 2012 Rebecca Galin* BA 2012
Fredericks* BA 2012 Alexander Dyckman BA 2012 Kirsten White BA 2013 Elizabeth Weeden BA 2013 Gregory Teatom BA 2013 Steven Surujbali BA 2013 Gabriella Sperduto BA 2013 Hannah Skahill* BA 2013 Nathan Shapiro* BA 2013 Allison Shapero BA 2013
Shamir* BA 2013 Amber Sass BA 2013

Kayla Rivara* (HH)

Linda Ramirez

Kaylee Platt*

Charles Picone

Anna Okoniewski*

Chelsea Neece

Amanda Martin

Melanie Martha*

Nadir Khan

Kira Kazantsev*

Marissa Josephs

Sandhya Jairaj

Jennifer Hart

Anna Garcia

Josh Ettinger*

Thomas DiBlasi

Samantha Colvin

Tara Cohen

Jaclyn Catania*

Caron Bricks*

Lynda Blegen

BA 2013
BA 2013
BA 2013
BA 2013
BA 2013
BA 2013
BA 2013
BA 2013
BA 2013
BA 2013
BA 2013
BA 2013
BA 2013
BA 2013
BA 2013
BA 2013
BA 2013
BA 2013
BA 2013
BA 2013
BA 2013
BA 2014
BA 2014
Teehan BA 2014
Tamerler* BA 2014
Suazo* (HH) BA 2014
Spencer BA 2014
Spang BA 2014
Sciortino* BA 2014
Schenkel BA 2014
Scalise* BA 2014
Russo BA 2014
Rauchle BA 2014
Rametta BA 2014
Pattinson BA 2014
Pachnos BA 2014
Nikides BA 2014
Murphy* BA 2014
Monaghan* BA 2014
Misczuk BA 2014
Martinez BA 2014
Maiocco BA 2014
LoCurto BA 2014
Kahn BA 2014
Johnson* BA 2014
Hennessey* BA 2014
Henig BA 2014
Andrew Vucci
Anthony Vaughn
42 Edward Hagenmiller* BA 2014 Charlotte Granison BA 2014 Gina Gallo* BA 2014 Oluebubeechukwu Ezeh* BA 2014 Tarek Elkattan* BA 2014 Justin Ederheimer* BA 2014 Maya Cantrell BA 2014 Scott Cantor* BA 2014 Catherine Ardrey BA 2014 Elizabeth Anders* BA 2014 David Zhukofsky BA 2015 Samantha Spagnoli* (HH) BA 2015 Eleanore Saintis BA 2015 Julie Rafatpanah BA 2015 Sandra Morrongiello BA 2015 Riley Metcalfe* BA 2015 Nicole Marolda BA 2015 Timothy Lachapelle BA 2015 Mishaina Joseph* BA 2015 Steven Hartman BA 2015 Ashlyn Grisetti BA 2015 Lora Gerulsky (HH) BA 2015 Marc Furtado BA 2015 Douglas Forgione* BA 2015 Natalia Dutt BA 2015 Elizabeth Driscoll BA 2015 Stephanie D’Ambrosio BA 2015 John Costello* BA 2015 Audrey Collins BA 2015 Christopher Carchia* BA 2015 Dylan Cahir BA 2015 Carissa Brown* BA 2015 Gregory Brodersen BA 2015 Caleb Borstock BA 2015 Camilla Arellano BA 2015 Colin Adams* BA 2015 Xinyun Zou BA 2016 Blaine Volpe* BA 2016 Thomas Vogel BA 2016 Alexandria Triolo BA 2016 Johannes Sorto BA 2016 Samantha Sohnen BA 2016 Alexandra Phipps* BA 2016 Temperance Staples* BA 2016 Vinesh Raghoo BA 2016 Oksana Nichols BA 2016 Jeremy Moskow BA 2016
43 Sharlys Leszczuk BA 2016 Aika Kobayashi BA 2016 Hayley Kinn BA 2016 Kathleen Hickey BA 2016 Lily Harants BA 2016 Sophia Guglietta BA 2016 Christopher Garafano BA 2016 Taner Gadime BA 2016 Abigail Drapeau BA 2016 Stephanie Costa BA 2016 Alexandra Ciongoli BA 2016 Anastasia Cassisi BA 2016 Sarah Carpenter BA 2016 Zachary Blum BA 2016 Bhavneet Anand* BA 2016 Tricia Wildman BA 2017 Breanna Stanco* BA 2017 Amanda Skeene* BA 2017 Rashaan Perkins BA 2017 La Rainne Pasion BA 2017 Sarah McCabe BA 2017 Connor Mayes* BA 2017 Sarah Linder BA 2017 Shriya Kumar BA 2017 Suha Khandker BA 2017 Mannat Kamboj BA 2017 Sarah Gerwens (HH) BA 2017 Grace Finlayson BA 2017 Meshack Eshun Addy BA 2017 Jasmina Dzurlic BA 2017 Zack Davis BA 2017 Carson Cuevas BA 2017 Sabrina Clarke* BA 2017 Matt Christian* BA 2017 CJ Burka* BA 2017 Kirsten Borstock BA 2017 Yunting Zhai BA 2018 Hafeez Yussuf* BA 2018 Jeffrey Werner BA 2018 Lara Van Patten BA 2018 Christopher Thorsen* BA 2018 Carys Swan* BA 2018 Haley Schwartz* BA 2018 Rachel Scarpino* BA 2018 Thomas Scally BA 2018 Sarah Puckett BA 2018 Aleena Pasha* BA 2018

Jessica Parks

Lauren Morgan*

Malcolm McCoy*

Daniel Littleton

Robert Levinson

Ian Joaquin-Arthur

Adanya Hicks*

James Eager*

Marissa Duhaney*

Kimberly Dossett

Benjamin Cope

Larissa Bryant

Kelsie Brostek*

Faith Bless

Emilie Beck*

Laura Avendano Perez*

Mithzy Arciniega

Connor Adams

Xiling Ye*

Elijah Vaillancourt

Aleksandra Radeva

Christina Paccadolmi*

Carolyn Oseep

Abby Normandin

Ciera Nickel

Alex Alan Miller

Kelly Martin

Emily Kelley

Aliosman Kazdal

Daria Burge

Olukemi Anazodo*

Breanna Schneebeli

BA 2018
BA 2018
BA 2018
BA 2018
BA 2018
BA 2018
BA 2018
BA 2018
BA 2018
BA 2018
BA 2018
BA 2018
BA 2018
BA 2018
BA 2018
BA 2018
BA 2018
BA 2018
BA 2019
BA 2019
BA 2019
BA 2019
BA 2019
BA 2019
BA 2019
BA 2019
BA 2019
BA 2019
BA 2019
BA 2019
Deanna Hsu
BA 2019
Adam Hockenberry
BA 2019
Haritsa Halepas
BA 2019
Julia Gurrola
BA 2019
Natalia Day
BA 2019
Doreen Dacilas
BA 2019
Zachary Cybulski*
(HH) BA 2019
Julianna Cirafesi
BA 2019
Boothvleen Charles Boute
BA 2019
Ligia Clara
BA 2019
Sharleigh Carter
BA 2019
BA 2019
Nicole Boucher
BA 2019
Rachel Billard*
BA 2019
BA 2020
DaisyMae VanValkerburgh
BA 2020
Sarah Stevens
BA 2020

Isabelle Schmidt BA 2020

Alyson Sann BA 2020

Alishbah Saddiqui* (HH) BA 2020

Hana Rubenstein* BA 2020

Emma Rossetti* BA 2020

Rosaria Rielly BA 2020

Lauren Reyes BA 2020

Paula Chirinos Paucar BA 2020

Anna Sofia Pasanen BA 2020

Jared Pallo BA 2020

Bri Murphy BA 2020

Zachary McDonald BA 2020

Kyle Marrs* BA 2020

Ryan Leighton* BA 2020

Sarah Klush* BA 2020

Heather Karlin BA 2020

Hajar Karim BA 2020

Sophia Hadeed* BA 2020

Adriana Galarza* BA 2020

Makayla Farrell BA 2020

Sabrina Michael-Duncan BA 2020

Sarah Dowd* BA 2020

Ryan Czelada BA 2020

Alena Clark BA 2020

Emma Butz* BA 2020

Caroline Bowes* BA 2020

Olivia Tu* BA 2021

Olivia Sottile BA 2021

Visvajit Sriramrajan BA 2021

Jena Reda* BA 2021

Ivana Rahaman* BA 2021

Komal C. Poonai BA 2021

Alexis Marking BA 2021

Robert Kinnaird BA 2021

Harun Kiani BA 2021

Maya Kemp BA 2021

Graciela Jaskille BA 2021

Sasha Horne* BA 2021

Tianna Honeycutt* BA 2021

Brooklyn Francis BA 2021

Jillian Finn BA 2021

Margaret Engel* BA 2021

Rachel Carlin BA 2021

Alanna Boland BA 2021

Humza Bashir BA 2021

Bethelehem Ayara BA 2021

Guinevere Walker BA 2022


Laurie Toledo BA 2022

Page Swinerton BA 2022

Sarah Stauffer BA 2022

Saher Shafiq BA 2022

Heather Sanders BA 2022

Nikhita Rupnarain BA 2022

Nicholas Pollak* BA 2022

Erika Medina-Munoz BA 2022

Patrick McCabe BA 2022

Eleni Kothesakis BA 2022

Mercedes Jasterzenski BA 2022

Kunchok Dingyon BA 2022

Olivia Chalfin BA 2022

Adam Benomar BA 2022

Emily Arthur BA 2022

Matthew Arnold BA 2022

Kayla Stadeker* BA 2023

James Ricciardi BA 2023

Jessica Ren BA 2023

Antonia Moffa BA 2023

Lukas Manolis BA 2023

Irene Leary BA 2023

Zachary Kerzner* BA 2023

Chloe Johnson BA 2023

Ariyanna Hrivnak* BA 2023

Andreas Gukeisen* BA 2023

Aishah French BA 2023

Marrakech Cunliffe BA 2023

Graduation, Spring 2014



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Craig Dalton (Professor of Geography/GIS) in discussion with Nicholas Lucchetto, December 12, 2023.

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James Wiley (Professor Emeritus) in discussion with Nicholas Lucchetto, November 12, 2023.

Julian Rocha (Current Global Studies and Geography Department major) in discussion with Nicholas Lucchetto, November 17, 2023.

Knock, Alexi. (2011, August 21). Hofstra’s ‘European Odyssey’ turns 20.


Linda Longmire (Professor of Global Studies) in discussion with Nicholas Lucchetto, November 16, 2023.

LoCurto, Cristina. (2013). “Reverse the Termination of Ms. Christine Kempski in the Global Studies” [Petition]. Change.org. https://www.change.org/p/president-rabinowitzprovost-berliner-evelyn-miller-suber-reverse-the-termination-of-ms-christine-kempski-inthe-global-studies

Natalie Correa (Current Global Studies and Geography Department major) in discussion with Nicholas Lucchetto, December 1, 2023.

Berg, B., Lee, S., Randolph, B., Ryu, M., & Shapiro, D. (2023). Current Term Enrollment Estimates: Spring 2023. National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Retrieved from https://nscresearchcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/CTEE_Report_Spring_2023.pdf

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Saff, G., & Gillespie, A. (2010). The Geography Program at Hofstra University, 19352010: Lessons, Challenges and Prospects Retrieved from https://issuu.com/hofstra/docs/geog_final

Veronica Lippencott (Adjunct Associate Professor of Geography) in discussion with Nicholas Lucchetto, December 11, 2023.


About the Author

Nicholas Lucchetto is a senior earning a BA in Geography (Concentration in GIS) and Global Studies at Hofstra University. He is a Student Aide in the Department of Global Studies and Geography, a Peer Teacher for Intermediate GIS, and a recipient of the Masaharu G. Inaba Endowed Memorial Scholarship.

Nicholas is currently researching climate change and public transit infrastructure for his next academic project. When not in class, he loves being an artist, birdwatching, and spending time with the good friends who got him where he is today. nlucchetto1@pride.hofstra.edu

About the Department

The Department of Global Studies and Geography at Hofstra University is housed in Roosevelt Hall, Suite 209. It offers 3 majors (including 2 concentrations in Geography) and 3 minors. Outside of classes, its professors and current students research pressing current events, run several events every semester, arrange study abroad programs, and facilitate the annual Inaba Scholarship. gsgeog@hofstra.edu

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