Joshua Rodd

Visiting Assistant Instructor of Geography

Phone: work802.443.5978
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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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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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.