Geography

Survey examines higher education backgrounds of leaders worldwide

New global survey of those in positions of influence finds that 44 percent have a degree in social sciences. Another 11 percent studied humanities.

Australian university abandons research center over ties to climate change critic

Australian university's decision to forgo federal funding for policy center over opposition to a researcher's views on climate change prompts concern about state of academic freedom and exchange of ideas.

Geography professors compile database of dissertations to analyze changes over time

Geography scholars examine every dissertation going back to 1888 to see how the field has changed.

'The American College Town'

For many students, living in a college town is a key part of their undergraduate experience. And for many faculty members and administrators, living in a college town is a key part of their adult lives. The University of Massachusetts Press is about to publish a scholarly analysis of these locales, The American College Town. Blake Gumprecht, the author and associate professor of geography at the University of New Hampshire, responded to e-mail questions about his new book.

Water, Water Everywhere

And many a drop to drink. A community college in Michigan builds a program around freshwater studies.

'Know Your Enemy'

There was a time, improbable though it may now seem, when it was not considered inherently dubious for academics to work with or for the government. For several decades in the mid-20th century, Soviet studies -- a field born of America's post-World War II desire to understand its ally-turned-enemy -- enjoyed a wealth of government funding and scholarly attention. In a new book, Know Your Enemy: The Rise and Fall of America's Soviet Experts, David C.

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