Dawn Bowen
B.A., Mary Washington College; M.A., University of Maine; Ph.D., Queen’s University
dbowen@umw.edu; Monroe 311.
Dawn Bowen is fascinated by people and places. She teaches classes in the regional geography of Eastern and Western North America, Latin America, and Geography and Development. She also takes students to Guatemala each spring. Her current research focuses on cultural landscape evolution in Montana and Aruba, heritage tourism in Labrador, and empowerment education among young indigenous women in Guatemala. Current CV (PDF Format)  Winner of the 2012 Grellet C. Simpson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching                                 Winner of the 2016 Mary W. Pinschmidt Award
 cfinlay1Caitlin Finlayson
Associate Professor
B.A., Winthrop University; Ph.D., Florida State University
cfinlay@umw.edu; Monroe 322.
Caitlin Finlayson teaches classes in World Regional Geography, Quantitative Methods, Environment and Society, and the Geography of Religion.  Her research focuses on the emotional experiences of people within sacred spaces and the ways in which sacred spaces are created. Current CV (PDF Format)Winner of the 2018 Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Award
gallagher-jacqueline13-wpcf_100x150 Jacqueline Gallagher
Associate Professor and Department Chair
B.Sc., University of Wales, College of Swansea; M.Sc. Memorial University of Newfoundland; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles.
jgallagh@umw.edu; Monroe 313.
 Jackie Gallagher’s interests include Quaternary science and geomorphology, particularly the evolution of landscapes    over time, as well as  field methods, biogeography and the geography of natural hazards. She also teaches  mobile geographic information  systems and GPS.  Current CV (PDF format)
hanna_stephen_131c Stephen Hanna 
B.A., Clark University; M.A., University of Vermont; Ph.D., University of Kentucky
shanna@umw.edu; Monroe 312.
Stephen Hanna’s teaching and research interests include critical cartography and GIS, and the interactions of race and memory in  the production of tourism destinations. He teaches courses in globalization, cultural landscapes, as well as undergraduate and  graduate courses in cartography and geovisualization.  Current CV (PDF Format)Winner of a 2016 Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award
foto_millones-2Marco Millones Mayer
Assistant Professor
B.A., Catholic University of Peru-PUCP;  M.A., University of Miami; Ph.D., Clark University
mmillone@umw.edu; Monroe 113B.
Millones teaches GIS, spatial analysis and remote sensing at graduate and undergraduate levels. His work focuses on applications of geospatial analysis for the study of human-induced landscape change, spatial accuracy, spatio-temporal modeling, and public policy. Examples of these applications include: map accuracy  measures, geospatial impact evaluation of land tenure programs, locational error and its impact on spatial modeling; using food flow data to measure regional sustainability; and, exploiting remotely sensed time-series to describe environmental trends and abrupt changeCurrent CV (PDF Format)
Dr. Joseph W. NicholasJoseph W. Nicholas
Associate Professor
B.A., Bemidji State University; M.S., University of North Dakota; Ph.D., University of Georgia
jnichola@umw.edu; Monroe 314.
Joe Nicholas’s teaching and research interests include Alpine Periglacial Geomorphology, Quaternary Environments, Climatology, and Biogeography. His principal research area has been the La Sal Mountains of southeastern Utah, where he has studied rock glaciers and other talus landforms for clues to Holocene climate change. Current CV (PDF Format)
No Photo AvailableMelina Patterson
Associate Professor
B.A., Pitzer College; Ph.D., Rutgers University
mpatters@umw.edu; Monroe 324.
Melina Patterson’s research and teaching interests in urban and political geography include the patterns and persistence of racial and economic inequality and struggles for social justice, the intersections of urban and natural processes and spaces, public space, and theories of the modern world economy.  Current CV (PDF Format)
Brian RizzoBrian R. Rizzo
Associate Professor
B.A., M.A. University of Western Ontario; Ph.D. University of Virginia.
rizzo@umw.edu; Monroe 321.
While an undergraduate geography major – decades ago, Brian became involved with a new area of geography that would evolve into Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In the 20+ years since, he has been involved in developing GIS data structures and applications to address a wide range of issues. Brian’s research focus’s on global climate change as it relates to the biogeographic distribution of vegetation and Infrastructure management within a GIS framework. Current CV (PDF format)
Farhang Rouhani photographFarhang Rouhani
Associate Professor
B.A., University of California; M.A., Ph.D., University of Arizona
frouhani@umw.edu; Monroe 323.
Farhang Rouhani’s teaching and research interests encompass several significant aspects of political, urban, and cultural geographies, including the cultural and political dimensions of globalization; nationalism, transnationalism, and state formation in the Middle East; the geography of telecommunications;and the socio-spatial politics of everyday life. Current CV (PDF Format)
Dr. Ping Yin Ping Yin
Associate Professor
B.E., Tsinghua University; M.E. Tsinghua University; Ph.D., University of Georgia
pyin@umw.edu; Monroe 113C.
Ping Yin specializes in Geographic Information Science as applied to health geographies, web-mapping, and spatio-  temporal modeling.  He teaches both undergraduate courses in GIS and several courses in the Masters of Science in Geospatial Analysis    (MSGA) program. Current CV (PDF Format)
Dr. Donald N. RallisDonald N. Rallis
Professor Emeritus
B.A., B.Sc (Hons) University of the Witwatersrand; M.A., University of Miami; Ph.D., Penn State University
Donald Rallis currently resides in Cambodia where he teaches at the American University of Phnom Penh.  In addition, he continues to teach World Regional Geography and other courses for UMW online. He blogs on and edits the website RegionalGeography.org, maintains an online photograph collection, and posts videos and short classes online.

Adjunct Faculty

csallen_photoScott Allen
B.A., Mary Washington College; M.A., State University of New York-Stony Brooks; Ph.D., George Mason University
C. Scott Allen is a remote sensing scientist at Zeta Associates. Over the last two decades, he has worked in GIS, GPS, and remote sensing across a wide swath of the geospatial community including federal government, commercial remote sensing, and the telecommunications industry. In addition to longstanding interests in environmental applications of remote sensing, he is currently investigating the use of imaging spectroscopy for personnel search and rescue. He teaches the undergraduate and graduate sections of remote sensing.

Jessica DeWitt 

University of Mary Washington (B.A.), University of Toledo (M.S.), West Virginia University (Ph.D.)                 


Jessica is a geographer working at the U.S. Geological Survey. She uses integrative geospatial-analysis methods to map and monitor mining activity and related land cover or topographic changes in a multitude of international regions. Her teaching interests include introduction to GIS, Introduction to Remote Sensing & Aerial Image Interpretation. Jessica’s current research interests include multi-scalar and multi-source analysis of topographic change, utilizing UAS-derived elevation products and historic topographic maps.

Colleen Earp                                 

University of Mary Washington (B.A.), Rutgers University (M.S.)


Colleen serves on the Director Team at Camp Hanover, a camp and retreat center in Mechanicsville, VA. She oversees youth and environmental education programs, as well as conservation efforts on the 600+ acre site. Her teaching and activist interests include: human-environment interactions, natural resource conservation and peacemaking. Colleen loves traveling and the outdoors.

benoit_pBenoit Parmentier
Licenciate (B.S.), DES (M.S.), Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; M.A., Ph.D., Clark University
Benoit Parmentier is a geographer and data scientist at SESYNC (University of Maryland) broadly interested in landscape change and global environmental change. His research uses geospatial datasets, Remote Sensing imagery and time series to track fire and land cover change, study landscape changes in urban-rural transition areas, produce environmental and climate datasets, study climate teleconnections and examine food trade flows for sustainability studies.

Mahesh Rao
(B.S., and M.S.), Agriculture, AP Argic Univ., India; (Ph.D.) Oklahoma State University mrao@umw.edu
Mahesh Rao’s research interests are focused on applications of remote sensing and GIS to understand spatio-temporal dynamics of ecological processes within agricultural and forested ecosystems. Specifically, using an integrated approach involving remote sensing and GIS models, Mahesh conducts research on improved machine-learning techniques of land cover analysis and related change to characterize environmental impacts including climate change.
Currently, as a research scientist at University of Virginia, Mahesh is engaged in mapping and modeling historical trends in urbanization/vegetation loss within the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi as part of the Yamuna River Project

robersonJustin Roberson
B.A., University of Oklahoma; M.S., University of South Carolina
Justin is the GIS Coordinator for the Fairfax County Park Authority in Northern Virginia. He serves as the Park Authority’s geospatial technology expert and coordinates, develops and maintains all agency geospatial data, applications, tools and equipment to meet the agency’s mission and goals. Justin presently teaches the Introduction to GIS course and has previously taught Introduction to Physical Geography and Plant Taxonomy courses. His research in graduate school focused on landscape ecology and biogeography, with an emphasis on species distribution modeling and vegetation community ecology. In his free time, he enjoys hiking with his dog and relaxing on the couch with his cat.
dougstanley_200x200Douglas P. Stanley
B.A., Mary Washington College; M.U.R.P., Virginia Commonwealth University; Graduate Certificate, Shenandoah University
Doug Stanley’s teaching interests are in urban and regional planning and the impacts of planning on the growth patterns, aesthetics, and quality of life of localities. He teaches Introduction to Urban Planning and Planning Seminar.
joshJosh Wixom
B.A., SUNY Geneseo; M.A., Ph.D., West Virginia University
Josh is a geographer working at the U.S. Census Bureau. He loves teaching undergrads about physical geography and human-environment interaction. His other teaching interests include climate change, science communication, education, and literacy, and science and technology studies. Josh’s research interests focus on the societal impacts of climate change, science communication and political policy, and the role citizen science plays in scientific literacy. In his free time, Josh enjoys hiking, running, reading, and soccer.