Colloquium Series

To be Announced

Dr. Madison Swayne
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs
San Diego State University

Friday, January 29, 2021
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Zoom Session

dr. madison swayneMadison Swayne is an Assistant Professor of City Planning in the School of Public Affairs at San Diego State University. She is a social science researcher who uses mixed-methods including big data, automated computing methods, and primary data sources to answer research questions at the intersection of environmental justice and land use. Her research examines how urban form, real estate development, environmental policies, and nuisance continue to reproduce and exacerbate well-documented patterns of environmental injustice. Swayne teaches courses in environmental planning, land use and environmental law, and sustainable urbanism. Before joining SDSU, Swayne completed her Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Development at the University of Southern California. She has a Master’s and Bachelors’ of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Southern California and has worked in environmental consulting in Southern California.


To be Announced

Dr. Andrew Bell
Assistant Professor of Earth and Environment
Boston University

Friday, February 5, 2021
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Zoom Session


Climate Change and Groundwater Management

Dr. Hugo Loaiciga
Professor of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara

Friday, March 12, 2021
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Zoom Session

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Resources for Health and Well-Being
across Latinx Destinations

Dr. Liz Ackert
Assistant Professor of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara

Friday, April 23, 2021
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Zoom Session

The COVID19 pandemic has exposed place-based health vulnerabilities among Latinos/as. Geographic variation in health services and barriers to accessing these services have key implications for Latinx health access and outcomes in the COVID19 era and beyond. This research examines differences in general health services, immigrant-relevant health services, and barriers to accessing health services across Latinx communities. We investigate how health services and barriers to access differ across U.S. counties according to their histories as Latinx-receiving gateways.

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My research interests include racial/ethnic inequality, immigration, education, health disparities, urban geography, and quantitative methods.