I am a graduate of Geography programs at the University of Padua in Italy (BA), the University of California Santa Barbara (MA), and Syracuse University (PhD). I am currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at Texas State University and President Elect of UCGIS, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. I am also a founding member of the Holocaust Geographies Collaborative, a network of researchers and scholars interested in bringing geographical approaches, methods, and perspectives to the study of the Holocaust and other genocides. On this topic, I have coauthored works on the Holocaust in Italy and in Budapest and on the Armenian genocide. The Holocaust-related research projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Holocaust Educational Foundation, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the USC Shoah Foundation, and the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, among others. One topic that fascinates me is how maps are used by victims and perpetrators of genocide, including questions related to propaganda and the construction of the “other.” I am also interested and involved in projects related to spatial applications to forensic anthropology, most recently on migrant deaths at the Arizona-Mexico and Texas-Mexico borders.
Maggie Hutchins, MAGeo
Maggie is the program director for the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education. For twenty years, she has worked in educational outreach and program development, supporting K-12 education across Texas. Ms. Hutchins earned a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and a masters of applied geography with a focus in land management from Texas State University. Maggie enjoys hiking, volunteering, gardening, and espresso.