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Faculty and Staff

Below you will find a listing of faculty for the Geography Program. If you are unsure of whom to contact with your questions, please call the main office at 509.359.2433.
  • Robert Sauders, Ph.D.
    Robert Sauders, Ph.D.
    Department Chair/Associate Professor of Geography and Anthropology
    103 Isle Hall
    Phone: 509.359.7904
    Fax: 509.359.2747

    Robert R. Sauders is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the programs of both Anthropology and Geography at Eastern Washington University where his teaching focuses on the Middle East, Islam, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, transnational activism, peace-building and geographic information systems (GIS).

    Dr. Sauders' research explores the practical and theoretical complexities surrounding the direct and indirect participation of activists and networks in transnational social justice and human rights campaigns with a particular interest in how such actors can shape and influence conceptualizations and constructions of space and place within ethnic, national, religious, political, economic and environmental conflicts.

    Specifically, the focus of this research is on non-state actors who engage the political discourse from grassroots, social justice frameworks that cut across traditional ethnic, national and religious boundaries and, instead, emphasizes transnational spatial understandings rooted in solidarity and peacebuilding. Using ethnographic methods supported by qualitative and quantitative data analysis, the research aims to provide an alternative, yet complimentary, approach to the more widespread state-focused analysis of the conflict.

    Dr. Sauders received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from American University in 2007.

    Courses: ANTH 348 Peasant Societies; Politics of Culture; History and Culture of the Middle East; Anthropology of Islam; Anthropology of Museums

    • BA in History, Gannon University
    • MA in Anthropology, George Washington University
    • Ph.D in Anthropology, American University

  • LeAnne Knoles
    LeAnne Knoles
    103 Isle Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2433
    Fax: 509.359.2747
  • Matthew Anderson, Ph.D.
    Matthew Anderson, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    119 Isle Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6437
    Fax: 509.359.2747
    • PhD, Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - 2012
    • MA, Geography & Environmental Studies, Northeastern Illinois University - 2008
    • BA, Anthropology, Pitzer College - 2001

    Dr. Matthew Anderson is an assistant professor in the Geography and Anthropology Department at Eastern Washington University, and teaches introductory courses in human geography, cartography, and upper-division and graduate seminars in urban studies, political geography, critical social theory, and natural resource management. Dr. Anderson obtained his PhD in geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and holds an MA in geography and environmental studies from Northeastern Illinois University. His research interests are focused on the political economy of the contemporary North American city, the politics of water provision in the American northwest, and critical social and spatial theory. His research has examined the politics of urban governance, resistence to gentrification, and the dynamics of rent in Chicago, with current projects focused on the environmental impacts of oil and gas production in eastern Montana and the dynamics of water resource management in Montana's Yellowstone River Basin. In each case, he examines emergence and evolution, particularly in terms of the ways in which governing actors respond to rapidly changing socio-political conditions and economic realities.

    Courses Taught:

    • GEOG 101: Fundamentals of Human Geography
    • GEOG 227: Map & Air Photo Analysis
    • GEOG 459: Political Geography
    • GEOG 465: Urban Geography
    • GEOG 496: Urban Political Ecology
    • GEOG 531: Topics in Social and Environmental Justice
  • Michael Minn, Ph.D.
    Michael Minn, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    103 Isle Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2460
    Fax: 509.359.2747
    • Ph.D in Geography, The University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, 2014
    • MA in Geography, Hunter College, New York City, 2010
    • MS in Computer Science, North Texas State University, 1987
    • BM in Music Education, North Texas State University, 1986

    Michael is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Eastern Washington University, teaching classes in GIS, energy and human geography. Previously he was a visiting teaching assistant professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Denver teaching classes in sustainability, geospatial technology, and human geography.

    Michael's research interests include energy resources, open-source software and pedagogy in higher education. As a doctoral student in the Department of Geography at The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign he researched American intercity passenger rail. As a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at UIUC he investigated Detection of foreclosure-related landscape management changes using Landsat. Michael is an avid street photographer and student of the built environment, and has assembled extensive photographic collections of American cities (especially New York City), railroad infrastructure, bridges, and theatres.

    Courses Taught:

    GEOG 230 World Geography

    GEOG 317 Resources and Conservation

    GEOG 328 Introduction to GIS I

    GEOG 427 Web Mapping

    GEOG 496 GIS With R

  • Lauren Stachowiak, Ph.D.
    Lauren Stachowiak, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    103 Isle Hall
    Phone: 509.359.7050
    Fax: 509.359.2747
    • Ph.D. in Geography, The University of Tennessee, 2016
    • M.E.S. in Earth and Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2012
    • B.S. in Geography and Biology, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 2010
  • Stacy Warren, PhD
    Stacy Warren, PhD
    103 Isle Hall
    Phone: 509.359.7962
    Fax: 509.359.2747
    • BA, University of Delaware
    • MA, Clark University
    • PhD, University of British Columbia
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