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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.
  • Matthew Anderson, Ph.D.
    Matthew Anderson, Ph.D.
    Associate 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 associate 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, critical GIS, 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 neoliberal urban governance and resistence to gentrification in Chicago, with current projects focused on the environmental impacts of oil and gas production in eastern Montana, the politics of water resource management in Montana's Yellowstone River Basin, and the dynamics of rent in gentrifying housing markets in Portland, OR. 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
    • GIPA 520: Theories of Engaged Research
    • GIPA 550: Seminar in Critical GIS
  • Brian G. Buchanan, Ph.D., FSA Scot
    Brian G. Buchanan, Ph.D., FSA Scot
    Assistant Professor
    107 Isle Hall
    • Ph.D. in Archaeology, Durham University, 2015
    • PBACC in GIS, Pennsylvania State University, 2009
    • MA in Anthropology, American University, 2003
    • BA in Anthropology, Millersville University, 2001
    • BA in History, Millersville University, 2001

    My research focuses on GIS and understanding the archaeological landscape. As an archaeologist, I have worked on projects in North America, Europe, and Africa. After working in cultural resources management (CRM) for close to a decade, I attended and obtained my Ph.D. from Durham University, focusing on the landscape and built environment of Britain from the late Iron Age to Medieval periods, with a particular interest in the development of early medieval Britain. I am especially interested in how past patterns of early medieval practice and interactions with the natural and man-made environment are reflected in the spatial organization of settlements, monuments, and burials across temporal and locational boundaries. I actively develop new methodologies to integrate legacy datasets and modern datasets derived from excavation and survey as well as from new remote sensing techniques using LiDAR and unmanned aerial vehicles.

    At Eastern, I teach classes in both the geography and anthropology programs including in GIS, archaeology, and cultural resource management.

  • Erin Dascher, PhD
    Erin Dascher, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    113 Isle Hall
    Phone: 509-359-2460
    • PhD, Environmental Geography, Texas State University - 2017
    • MS, Interdisciplinary Sustainability Studies, Texas State Univeresity - 2013
    • BS, Applied Forensice Science, Mercyhurst University - 2009

    In my research, I use geospatial tools and large datasets to analyze functionally connected river networks, watershed connectivity, and freshwater mussel distribution. I draw upon my past experience working as a grass-roots organizer for Greenpeace and my knowledge of environmental management to pursue scientific endeavors that not only lead to better environmental policy and practices but that also create tools for improved dissemination of scientific findings and ideas. In previous research, I investigated the potential of dam removals as a conservation tool for freshwater mussels in the Guadalupe and San Antonio river basins, where multiple species of freshwater mussels, including endemic and threatened species, must compete with increasing human demand for access to limited water resources. My current research interests include river connectivity, freshwater mussel conservation, and dam removal, as well as broader human - environment interactions.

  • LeAnn Knoles
    LeAnn Knoles
    103 Isle Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2433
    Fax: 509.359.2747
  • Robert Sauders, Ph.D.
    Robert Sauders, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Geography and Anthropology
    110 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

  • 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
  • Stephen Tsikalas, Ph.D.
    Stephen Tsikalas, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    121 Isle Hall
    • Ph.D. in Environmental Geography, Texas State University-San Marcos - 2012
    • MA in Geography, Indiana University of Pennsylvania - 2008
    • BA degrees in Geography and Secondary Ed. Social Studies, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown - 2003

    My research and teaching interests cover a wide scope of the geography discipline. While working towards a doctorate, I focused on the geomorphic agency of mud-nesting swallows in central Texas, contributing to a relatively new field of zoogeomorphology.  In recent years, I have greatly enjoyed working with students on research projects spanning a variety of local topics: summer heat climatology, tornado trends, rural skateboard parks, and the distribution of a variety of southeastern U.S. bamboo species.  Currently, my interests center on climate variability and weather forecasting in the inland Pacific Northwest.

    At Eastern, I teach courses in physical geography, world geography, oceanography, meteorology, weather forecasting, and disasters.  I love my job and am always up for discussing the nature of the universe with friends, colleagues, and students!

  • Stacy Warren, PhD
    Stacy Warren, PhD
    Department Chair/Professor
    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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