Joshua Rodd

Visiting Assistant Instructor of Geography

 Monday and Thursday 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.



Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
indicates offered in the current term
indicates offered in the upcoming term[s]

GEOG0215 - 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. SOC

Spring 2015, Spring 2016

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GEOG0226 - 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. AAL CMP SOC

Spring 2015, Spring 2016

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GEOG0240 - 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. CMP SOC

Fall 2014, Fall 2015

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GEOG0339 - 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) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab DED

Fall 2014, Fall 2015

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GEOG0500 - 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, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Winter 2017

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GEOG0700 - Senior Research      

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

Spring 2015, Fall 2015

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GEOG0701 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
Students with a departmental GPA of 3.3 or higher are eligible to complete a two-credit senior thesis. In order to complete a senior thesis, students must have a proposal approved by a primary thesis advisor and a secondary departmental reader prior to registering for the first 0701 credit. Upon completion of the thesis, thesis students will present their work in a public seminar and defend the thesis in front of the departmental faculty. Thesis presentations and defenses will typically take place during the final week of classes or the examination period. Upon completion of the presentation and defense, the primary advisor and secondary departmental reader will be responsible for evaluating and grading the thesis. It is strongly encouraged that students considering a thesis discuss their ideas with an advisor during the semester prior to registering for formal thesis credits. (Approval only)

Spring 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.


Department of Geography

McCardell Bicentennial Hall
287 Bicentennial Way
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753