Ethnic Geography | AAG

Vancouver, Canada

Granada, Nicaragua

New York, New York

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Cuzco, Peru


The EGSG's Directors are the lead organizing committee and elected every two years. The EGSG proudly introduces to you our directors.



about our member

Heather Smith


Dr. Heather Smith is Professor of Geography and Director of the Urban Studies Minor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also serves as Director of her department's MA in Geography and PhD in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis programs. Dr. Smith's primary research and teaching interests revolve around the intersection between transitioning societies and restructuring cities. Currently, she has an active research agenda in the areas of immigrant settlement, adjustment and receptivity; Latino migration to the New South and immigrant health and healthcare.

website | UNC Charlotte Urban Institute | UNC Charlotte | 9201 University City Blvd. | McEniry 438 | Charlotte, NC 28223-0001 | email

Heike Alberts

Vice Chair

Dr. Heike Alberts is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Her research focuses on skilled migrations, specially of international students and academics. Dr. Alberts and her colleague (Helen Hazen) carried out a joint project focused on return migration decisions of international students. They argue that the decision-making process is layered, with general conditions in the home country providing a framework that constrains the degree to which personal factors can be taken into account.

website | Department of Geography & Urban Planning | University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh | 800 Algoma Blvd. | Oshkosh, WI 54901 | email

Madhuri Sharma


Dr. Madhuri Sharma is Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville. Her research focuses on spatial patterns and processes of racial/ethnic residential intermixing, poverty, inequality, and economic opportunities. Dr. Sharma is interested in urban-social/economic issues and racial/ethnic segregation, housing disparity, informal economy, urban villages/slums and domestic/cross border migration patterns in South Asia, labor segmentation, and mixed-methods approaches in geographic research.

website | Department of Geography | University of Tennessee | 416 Burchfiel Geography Bldg. | Knoxville, TN 37966-0925 | email

Thomas Boswell

Newsletter Editor

Dr. Thomas Boswell is Professor of Geography at the University of Miami. His research and teaching interests are world population problems, migration, ethnicity, housing segregation and discrimination, and poverty. His work has been funded by grants from different institutions and he has co-authored and edited various books. (Photo: Miami Magazine Online - University Journal).

website | Department of Geography & Regional Studies | University of Miami | 231 Ferre Building | Coral Gables, FL 33124-2221 | email