Outstanding Achievement by a Member of the Full-Time Faculty: Deborah Popper, Professor, Political Science and Global Affairs
You joined the Geography faculty at the College of Staten Island in 1994. You received an AB in History from Bryn Mawr College, an MLS in Library Science from Rosary College, and an MA and PhD in Geography from Rutgers University. You have made significant contributions to your field with your primary research on the “Buffalo Commons,” which addresses the demographic decline and environmental and economic crises in the Great Plains states. This award-wining research has spurred debate not only in academia, but also in the realms of public policy, town planning, and the media. In fact, one of your colleagues described you as “both a dispassionate and acute chronicler of regional decline, and a policy wonk moving stakeholders in the region to take stock of where things are heading and take steps to cope, and even thrive, in the face of adversity.” You have also made a significant difference at the College of Staten Island. You are a prolific writer with a long list of papers, articles, and book reviews, and your reputation within the disciplines of Geography and Planning is substantial, as you serve on the editorial boards of two major journals, and you have been one of the few scholars over the last few years to reinvigorate the American Geographical Society and stabilize its finances. You also serve on many boards regarding the future of the Great Plains. Finally, you have served the College by teaching a wide variety of courses and serving as Director of the Macaulay Honors College from 2007 to 2012.
You exemplify CSI’s ideal of an academic and teacher who shines in the field and advances the noble cause of knowledge.