Prospective Students

Sept 2020 update: Unfortunately, I will not be accepting new graduate students for the 2021-22 academic year.

Thank you for your interest! Working with graduate students is one of the things I enjoy most as a UW Madison faculty member. I am excited to work with graduate students who are aiming at academic careers as well as those pursuing other professional positions. Most of my graduate students work on research projects they lead independently, although several have collaborated with me on longstanding research projects. For a sense of what my advisees do after they graduate, please see the Graduate Students and Other Collaborators page.

I advise graduate students in the Geography Department and also the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Both programs offer interdisciplinary, rigorous academic training. For an overview of these programs, please consult the program web pages linked above. For more specific questions about application procedures, funding, acceptance rates, etc. please contact:

I most often advise students who share a keen interest in one or more of the general research themes I identify on the Research page of this site. When I review applications I look for academic achievement (of course!), as well as evidence of independent initiative. For students planning to work internationally, I look for previous international experience and for a fairly clear idea of what region s/he would like to work in as a graduate student.

My graduate student advisees are supported through a variety of opportunities including Research Assistantships(RAs), where they work for me on a specific research project, and Teaching Assistantships (TAs) where they help professors teach courses. Several of my U.S. advisees working internationally have won fellowships from the Title VI FLAS or University Fellowships. All UW-administered RAships, TAships and Fellowships provide a stipend, personal health insurance and tuition remission.

For information on funding for international graduate students, please see this page.

I also encourage prospective and current students to apply for independent funding through external fellowships especially the NSF Graduate Fellowship (U.S. students only), Fulbright, SSRC, etc.

If you’d like to further explore opportunities to work with me, please send me an email with the following information:

  1. A brief statement of your research and career goals, and your basic reasons for pursuing a graduate degree.
  2. Your major and overall GPA.
  3. Your resume or CV.
  4. If you have them, sending GRE scores would also help me guide you on the possibility of funding via cross-campus fellowship competitions.