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Lindsay Shade

Professional Profile

I apply a geographic lens to community development issues to understand how the mobility of people, goods, and ideas shape particular places at particular times. My current research includes a regional study of the relationship between access to land and economic transition away from extractive mono-economies in Central Appalachia. I also work on issues related to mining and development in northern Ecuador, as well as incarceration and land, economic, and social justice issues connected to the increase of federal and state prisons in rural places, particularly above abandoned mine lands.

I teach and co-coordinate the GEN 100 course Introduction to Issues in Agriculture, Food, and Environment as well as CLD 305 Research Methods. 


PhD, Geography, University of Kentucky

MA, International Affairs, American University

MA, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, UN University for Peace (Costa Rica)

BA, Political Science with International Relations focus, University of Massachusetts at Boston

Areas of Interest

Appalachia, Critical Geography, Extractive Industries, Latin America, Open-Source Mapping, Political Ecology, Radical and Transformative Pedagogy, Social Justice, US South