Joshua Rodd

Visiting Assistant Instructor of Geography

Phone: work802.443.5978
Office Hours: WT: By appointment
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GEOG 0215 - Political Geography      

Political Geography
Political relations within and between states do not occur in a vacuum. Rather, they are rooted in a specific and tangible geographic context. Political geography examines the interactions between this context and political processes at various geographic scales, ranging from the local to the global level. This course will focus primarily on the state and international level and will address issues such as the territorial exercise of power, state formation, nationalism, geopolitics, and international conflicts and cooperation. 3 hrs. lect.


Spring 2015

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GEOG 0226 - Geopolitics of Africa      

Geopolitics of Sub-Saharan Africa
In this course students will be introduced to geographies of Sub-Saharan Africa, a vast region containing dozens of states and extraordinary ecological, cultural, and political diversity. Students will learn about the basic physical and human geography of Africa and discover the historical and contemporary political geography of Sub-Saharan Africa. Following a regional orientation, we will compare and contrast case studies to explore key themes: 1) Borders, territories, and populations; 2) Land and identity; 3) Resource politics; 4) Aid, trade, and development; and 5) Cities and power. Drawing these themes together, we will conclude with a group exercise simulating negotiation over natural resources in East Africa. 3 hrs, lect.


Spring 2015

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GEOG 0240 - Health & Medical Geography      

Health & Medical Geography
In this course we will explore three major geographic approaches to studying health, morbidity, health care, and human wellbeing using a variety of approaches: 1) ecological, in which the relationship between human and environment is analyzed; 2) social, including socio-behavioral and political economy approaches; and 3) spatial analytic, which draw on mapping, geospatial, and spatial statistical techniques to identify patterns. We will apply these approaches to case studies from North America, South East Asia, Sub-Saharan Afric,a and elsewhere. We will also consider spatial variation of pandemics and trans-world connections and processes relevant to global health. 3 hrs. lect.


Fall 2014

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GEOG 0339 - Practicing Human Geography      

Practicing Human Geography
Asking and answering geographical questions often invokes a variety of specific spatial-analytical techniques and methodologies. In Practicing Human Geography, students will employ a variety of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies in specific research contexts. Through lectures, examples, and readings, students will learn the types of questions each technique is designed to answer, how it works, and how to interpret the results. During weekly discussion sections, students will gain hands on experience with various software packages and employ these techniques to complete a series of research exercises. These research exercises, participation, and a final exam will form the basis for evaluation. (GEOG 0100, and at least one 0200 level course in geography; open to second-semester junior majors and senior majors only; others by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab


Fall 2014

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GEOG 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
A one-credit intensive research project developed under the direction of a faculty member. Junior majors only. (Approval Required)

Winter 2015

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Research Areas: 

Biopolitics, political ecology of health and disease, infectious disease epidemiology, nationalism and political identity, forced migration, borderlands studies, mixed methods research. 


Regional Interests:

The African Great Lakes Region; Coastal East Africa; Indian Ocean systems. 


Root E, Rodd J, Yunus M, Emch M. 2013. ‘The Role of Socioeconomic Status in Longitudinal Trends of Cholera in Matlab, Bangladesh, 1993-2007.’ PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 7(1): e1997. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0001997.

Williams T, Rodd J, Ogungbemi MK, Ezirim I, Mafeni J, Omeogu, Adeleke O, Ohadi E, Osika J. 2012. The Role of Non-State Actors in HIV Prevention and Mitigation in Nigeria. Bethesda, MD: Health Systems 20/20, RTI International and Abt Associates Inc.