University of Oklahoma  |  Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability
Nicholas Bauch is assistant professor of geo-humanities in the department of geography and environmental sustainability at the University of Oklahoma. There he directs the Experimental Geography Studio. His publications include Enchanting the Desert: A Pattern Language for the Production of Space (Stanford University Press, 2016), and A Geography of Digestion: Biotechnology and the Kellogg Cereal Enterprise (University of California Press, 2017). He teaches courses in creative geographical production, using digital tools, performance, and sculpture. www.nicholasbauch.com
Filoteo Gómez Martínez is an Ayu’ukj Ja’ay (Mixe) person from Oaxaca, Mexico who recently earned his BA in geography at the University of Oklahoma. He is also an independent filmmaker whose collaborative work focuses on environmental and Indigenous issues, as well as immigrant communities. Many of his videos are available online: Listening for the Rain, Remediating Tar Creek, Here for Good, and Dulce Convivencia/Sweet Gathering.
Randy Peppler is Interim Director of the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma, and Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. He leads the double life of human geographer and meteorologist. His interests include Indigenous knowledge of weather and climate, place-based tornado risk perception, environmental ethics, and environmental justice. His course Environment and Society uses film, poetry, and music as interpretive tools. His co-authored chapter "Hazardscapes: Perceptions of Tornado Risk and the Role of Place in Central Oklahoma" will appear in Place Attachment: A Geographic Perspective in 2017.
Angela Person is a lecturer in the department of geography and environmental sustainability at the University of Oklahoma. Her publications include The Care and Keeping of Cultural Facilities: A Best Practice Guidebook for Museum Facility Management (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014) and an Interview with Hans Butzer and Torrey Butzer, designers of the Oklahoma City National Memorial, about its design and construction process (Social Science Quarterly, 2016). Her courses explore the architectural expressions of environment-society relationships. http://angelamperson.com/
Darren is an associate professor who studies the intersections of media technologies, space and geopolitics. Early publications examined the way Slovenia used their government ministry websites to promote an image of the new country and how the ministry of defense achieved strategic goals through a web presence. Later work considered media and popular culture, including Turkish film and the role of humor in geopolitical worldviews. Currently he studies geopolitical humor, as well as how newspapers frame long-term droughts in the United States. His courses include introductory human geography and graduate courses on popular culture and critical geopolitics. http://darrenpurcell.us
I’m an assistant professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, where I teach courses in Native literature and rhetorics for our Literature and Cultural Studies track and our Composition, Literacy, and Rhetoric (CRL) track. I grew up in or around almost every border of Texas, sans the “border mecca”–-El Chuco, TX. As an Indigenous Studies scholar, I study land, bodies, and technology. In addition, I am interesed in how tools created by indigenous communities contribute to scholarly discussions about embodiment, technology, and ontology in the digital humanities. My most recent project investigates how indigenous communicative technologies contribute to ongoing inquiry on the link between language and the environment. gabrielarrios.com
Bob Rundstrom is associate professor in the department of geography and environmental sustainability at the University of Oklahoma. His publications includeIntroducing Cultural and Social Cartography (University of Toronto Press, 1993), California Landscapes (Rutgers University Press, 1992), and numerous journal articles on American Indian geographies and critical GIS. He teaches courses on maps, American Indian geosophies, and humanistic interpretations of everyday local places.
Laurel is an associate professor in the department of geography and environmental sustainability at the University of Oklahoma. She researches how video technologies mediate Indigenous participation in the authorship of authoritative environmental and cultural knowledge. Her scholarship has been published in journals such as cultural geographies, Historical Geography, and History and Technology. Laurel teaches courses in research methods, critical theory, and Indigenous media. http://laurel.oucreate.com/
Anna Margret is a sophomore in Creative Media Production with a minor in Anthropology. She originally hails from Iceland. Anna came to the United States in 2016 after having studied in Norway for two years. There she played an active role in various design related activities, such as the yearbook crew and the school paper as well as being a leader of the Gender and Equality group, which provided an educational platform on the LGBTQ+ community. Anna’s interest in the Experimental Geography Studio stems from a life immersed in different landscapes and the will to understand them through different means. Anna has been a research assistant in the Studio since her first semester at the University of Oklahoma.
Jack Swab is a Master's student in the Department of Geography and Enviornmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma. He hails from the East Coast, having spent most of his life just 15 miles south of the Mason-Dixon Line. As an undergraduate at Pennsylvania State University, he majored in geography and history, graduating with honors. He is a historical geographer with specific interests in urban development, fire insurance mapping, and new methodologies to communicate research to the public. In 2015 he served as a student researcher at Stanford University's Spatial History Project, and in 2014 was an exchange student in geography at Oxford University.
Ryan Bird graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2017. He was a National Merit Scholar, Magna cum Laude, with a dual B.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Letters. He completed his senior capstone on music and climate change, Attuning to Climate Change: Music and Political Action, which he presented at the conference “Climate and Apocalypse” in Bedford, U.K. His Honors Research project on music and geopolitics--carried out in-house at the Experimental Geography Studio-- is set to be published in a volume on more-than-representational approaches to sound and music in 2018. An avid international traveler, Ryan studied abroad in the Netherlands and Cuba, and interned with the U.S. State Department in Auckland, New Zealand.
Lane graduated with a B.A in Environmental Sustainability with a focus in culture and society and a minor in Non-Profit Organizational Studies form the University of Oklahoma in the spring of 2017. She worked as research assistant in the Experimental Geography Studio during her senior year. Her expertise in public outreach stems from an internship with the River Parks Authority. Her capstone research blends land conservation with place-attachment. Lane now works for a HVAC company in Seattle that works on industrial projects specializing in energy efficiency.
Jordan Woodward is a Fulbright-Nehru student researcher in India for the 2017-2018 year. Splitting her time between New Delhi at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Banaras (Varanasi), she is conducting digital storytelling workshops with women focused on their domestic, religious, and sociocultural relationships with the Yamuna and Ganga rivers. Through the Experimental Geography Studio, Jordan created an immersive video installation titled “The Manufacturing of Water” that explores the biotechnology and “ecological freakology” of Oklahoma's Lake Thunderbird. Jordan earned a Master of Arts in English Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy from the University of Oklahoma in 2017 and plans to continue exploring relationships between people, their environment, and technology, and how these relationships can be expressed in verbal, spiritual/religious, digital, and embodied ways.