Organizing Committee

Dr. Genevieve Reid, Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University
I am an assistant professor of geography in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University. My research in critical GIScience and geography focuses on data justice, Indigenous data sovereignty, and geospatial ontologies and emphasizes critical pedagogies and the co-production of knowledge with local and Indigenous communities. I am currently collaborating with the Cree in Northern Quebec in a community-based project that trains local research assistants, documents traditional knowledge, and maps oral histories with elders. Additionally, I collaborate with colleagues at FIU and local organizations in Miami through a Mellon-funded initiative. This project aims to redefine resilience from a community perspective while fostering intergenerational knowledge transfer through a digital pedagogy platform. Furthermore, I serve as the PI on an NIH RCMI pilot project focusing on ethical health data practices within collaborative research alongside local community organizations. Our case study explores ways to enhance people-centered data management approaches in the context of energy independence initiatives aimed at reducing health disparities in a disaster-prone remote area in Puerto Rico. I am also designing a new community geography seminar with a Miami community organization for Fall 2024. My research and teaching endeavors aim to contribute to advancing critical geography and promoting ethical, community-driven research practices.

Phillip M. Carter is Professor of Linguistics and English and Director of Center for Humanities in an Urban Environment at Florida International University. Carter is a sociolinguist and scholar of language and culture who works interdisciplinarily, moving between quantitative and qualitative approaches to sociolinguistics, anthropology, critical discourse analysis, ethnography, social psychology, and critical theory. His scholarship addresses a range of issues of contemporary concern, including the relationship between social formations and linguistic variation, immigration and bilingualism, Spanish language change in the U.S., maintenance and shift of Spanish in the U.S. and popular discourses about language. With Julie Tetel Andresen he is co-author of Languages in the World: How History, Culture, and Politics Shape Language.

Dr. Diana Ter-Ghazaryan is a GIS specialist, educator, researcher and thought leader in geospatial data visualization and analysis. Dr. Ter-Ghazaryan’s scholarly work has focused on urban landscapes, and how national identify and social memory are inscribed onto those landscapes. Her current projects are at the intersection of geospatial technology and geo-humanities, with a focus on cultural heritage, monuments and public art in urban contexts.

Dr. Aaron M. Kuntz is Dean of the School of Education and Human Development and also holds the Frost Professorship of Education and Human Development at Florida International University. Before becoming Dean, Dr. Kuntz served for three years as Chair of the Department of Counseling, Recreation, and School Psychology. Previous to FIU, Dr. Kuntz was a faculty member at the University of Alabama where he was awarded the prestigious President’s Research Award in 2017 and served as Chair of the Department of Educational Studies from 2014-2020. As a professor of research methodology, Dr. Kuntz has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications, including five books. His most recent book, Qualitative Inquiry, Cartography, & the Promise of Material Change, was awarded the 2020 Outstanding Book Award from the Qualitative SIG of the American Educational Research Association. A strong advocate for public schooling, Dr. Kuntz grounds his research in empirical questions about the effect of research and teaching practices in the K-16 arena, faculty work in postsecondary institutions, and the impact of the built environment on learning. Dr. Kuntz’s scholarly and administrative activities have been recognized through a Service Award (FIU CASE), Community Engagement Award (University of Alabama), and Award for Faculty Excellence in Teaching (University of Alabama).

Dr. Kevin Grove is Associate Professor of Geography at Florida International University. He researches the politics of resilience in the Anthropocene, which he has explored in publications such as Resilience (Routledge), and articles in journals including the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Geoforum, Economy & Society, cultural geographies, and Security Dialogue.

Dr. Derrick Scott, Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University

Tempestt Morgan, College of Arts, Sciences & Education, Florida International University

Tempestt Morgan is the Program Coordinator for the Liberal Studies Program (LSP) and the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment (CHU) at Florida International University (FIU)., In her role, she executes various support and executive functions, including handling financial matters, faculty and student staff hiring, course scheduling. conceptualizing and executing events and establishing partnerships to achieve various goals. She earned her Master of Arts in Disaster Management from FIU and her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Geosciences and a minor in Africana Studies from Wellesley College. Her multifaceted experiences and achievements highlight her as a versatile and forward-thinking professional.