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    Below you will find a listing of faculty for the Geography Program. If you are unsure of whom to contact with your questions, please call the main office at 509.359.2433.

    Erin Dascher, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    113 Isle Hall
    Phone: 509-359-2460
    Curriculum Vitae

    In my research, I use geospatial tools and large datasets to analyze functionally connected river networks, watershed connectivity, and freshwater mussel distribution. I draw upon my past experience working as a grass-roots organizer for Greenpeace and my knowledge of environmental management to pursue scientific endeavors that not only lead to better environmental policy and practices but that also create tools for improved dissemination of scientific findings and ideas. In previous research, I investigated the potential of dam removals as a conservation tool for freshwater mussels in the Guadalupe and San Antonio river basins, where multiple species of freshwater mussels, including endemic and threatened species, must compete with increasing human demand for access to limited water resources. My current research interests include river connectivity, freshwater mussel conservation, and dam removal, as well as broader human - environment interactions.

    Robert Sauders, Ph.D.

    Department Chair/Associate Professor of Geography and Anthropology
    110 Isle Hall
    Phone: 509.359.7904
    Fax: 509.359.7904

    Robert R. Sauders is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the programs of both Anthropology and Geography at Eastern Washington University where his teaching focuses on the Middle East, Islam, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, transnational activism, peace-building and geographic information systems (GIS).

    Dr. Sauders' research explores the practical and theoretical complexities surrounding the direct and indirect participation of activists and networks in transnational social justice and human rights campaigns with a particular interest in how such actors can shape and influence conceptualizations and constructions of space and place within ethnic, national, religious, political, economic and environmental conflicts.

    Specifically, the focus of this research is on non-state actors who engage the political discourse from grassroots, social justice frameworks that cut across traditional ethnic, national and religious boundaries and, instead, emphasizes transnational spatial understandings rooted in solidarity and peacebuilding. Using ethnographic methods supported by qualitative and quantitative data analysis, the research aims to provide an alternative, yet complimentary, approach to the more widespread state-focused analysis of the conflict.

    Dr. Sauders received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from American University in 2007.

    Courses: ANTH 348 Peasant Societies; Politics of Culture; History and Culture of the Middle East; Anthropology of Islam; Anthropology of Museums

    LeAnn Knoles

    103 Isle Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2433
    Fax: 509.359.2433

    Matthew Anderson, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    119 Isle Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6437
    Fax: 509.359.6437
    Curriculum Vitae

    Dr. Matthew Anderson is an assistant professor in the Geography and Anthropology Department at Eastern Washington University, and teaches introductory courses in human geography, cartography, and upper-division and graduate seminars in urban studies, political geography, critical social theory, and natural resource management. Dr. Anderson obtained his PhD in geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and holds an MA in geography and environmental studies from Northeastern Illinois University. His research interests are focused on the political economy of the contemporary North American city, the politics of water provision in the American northwest, and critical social and spatial theory. His research has examined the politics of neoliberal urban governance and resistence to gentrification in Chicago, with current projects focused on the environmental impacts of oil and gas production in eastern Montana, the politics of water resource management in Montana's Yellowstone River Basin, and the dynamics of rent in gentrifying housing markets in Portland, OR. In each case, he examines emergence and evolution, particularly in terms of the ways in which governing actors respond to rapidly changing socio-political conditions and economic realities.

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    Lauren Stachowiak, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    103 Isle Hall
    Phone: 509.359.7050
    Fax: 509.359.7050
    Curriculum Vitae

    Stacy Warren, PhD

    Department Chair/Professor
    103 Isle Hall
    Phone: 509.359.7962
    Fax: 509.359.7962

    Daniel E. Turbeville, III, PhD

    Professor of Geography Emeritus
    Phone: 509.359.2270

    Contact Information

    Department of Geography and Anthropology
    110 Isle Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.2433

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