Susan Easton Hanson graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in geography. After receiving her PhD from Northwestern University, she returned to teach at Middlebury. She eventually took a position in the Geography Department at Clark University, which she still holds. Hanson is best known as an urban geographer whose interests in gender and entrepreneurship, information technology and urban sustainability have informed nearly 30 years of articles in professional publications, highly regarded commentaries and dedicated community stewardship.
She has authored or edited five books and more than 80 articles and book chapters. She is a past president of the Association of American Geographers, has been an editor of three geography journals - Economic Geography, the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, and The Professional Geographer - and currently serves on the editorial boards of several other journals including The Annals of the Association of American Geographers; Proceedings of the National Academy of Science; and Journal of Geography in Higher Education.
For her numerous accomplishments, Hanson has been recognized by the Association of American Geographers with a lifetime Achievement Award, by the National Academy of Sciences, by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, by the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, by the Guggenheim Foundation, and by several others. It was only fitting that Middlebury College recognized Susan Hanson, the Jan and Larry Landry University Professor, in geography at Clark University, with its own Alumni Achievement award.