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MIT's Glasmeier to address geography and U.S. poverty, April 14

Apr 14, 2009 (All day)
Robertson Hall
Bowl 016
Open to the Public

Amy Glasmeier, Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will present a public talk at the Woodrow Wilson School titled "Geography and the Construction of U.S. Poverty Policy" at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus. A reception in Shultz dining room will follow the lecture.

Amy Glasmeier, who most recently was the E. Willard Miller Professor of Economic Geography at Penn State, became the new head of MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning in January 2009. She is the first woman to do so since its inception in 1933.

An expert in economic geography, regional planning and spatial statistics, Glasmeier was previously on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, and was the John Whisman Scholar of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

She holds a BS in Environmental Studies and Planning from Sonoma State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked and traveled to Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America, and is currently engaged in a retrospective examination of poverty and poverty policy in the U.S.

In addition to her role as professor of economic geography, Glasmeier has served as director of Penn State's environmental inquiry minor; as editor of the journal Economic Geography and the Cambridge Journal on Regions, Economy and Society; and as director of the Center for Policy Research on Energy, Environment and Community. She has also served as head of Penn State’s Department of Geography.

Her publications consist of more than 50 scholarly articles and several books, including "Manufacturing Time: Global Competition in the World Watch Industry, 1795-2000" (Guilford Press, 2000); and "From Combines to Computers: Rural Services and Development in the Age of Information Technology," with Marie Howland (SUNY Press, 1995).

Her most recent book -- "An Atlas of Poverty in America: One Nation, Pulling Apart 1960-2003" (Routledge Press, 2005) -- examines the experience of people and places in poverty since the 1960s, looks across the last four decades at poverty in America and recounts the history of poverty policy since the 1940s.

This event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and is free and open to the public.


Amy Glasmeier, Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)