AAG Urban Geography Speciality Group

Welcome to the Urban Geography Specialty Group (UGSG). With over 1,400 members, UGSG is one of the largest of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Specialty Groups. UGSG has come a long way since 29 urban geographers met at the 1979 AAG annual conference in Philadelphia as part of the process of gaining official recognition for the Group.

The general remit of the UGSG is to foster research in urban geography in the United States and beyond by organizing meetings and seminars, developing networks among urban geographers and other social scientists, and promoting the publication of research.

As you will see from this website, UGSG is involved in a number of activities. We sponsor many sessions at the annual AAG annual conference. We also award prizes to recognize faculty, postgraduate, and undergraduate research excellence in urban geography.

Although we no longer publish newsletters, the website contains past copies, demonstrating the contribution our group has made to the advancement to urban geography. The “History” tab details the emergence and the evolution of the UGSG over the last five decades.

Of course, we are always looking for new ways to promote and to develop urban geography. So please get in touch if you have any ideas about the UGSG (e.g., suggesting links for the website or proposing new events and activities). We would be delighted to hear from you.

Katherine Hankins
Georgia State University

Vice Chair 
Anne Bonds
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Joseph Danko
Brown University

Regular Board Members 
Nate Millington
University of Cape Town

Jane Zheng
Chinese University of Hong Kong

Richard Quodomine
City of Philadelphia

Ran Tao
University of Southern California

Nathan McClintock
Portland State University

I-Chun Catherine Chang
Macalester College

Jennifer Kitson
Rowan University

Student Representatives 
Rachel Bok
University of British Columbia

Emma Slager
University of Washington