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Priscilla McCutcheon named Fellow of American Association of Geographers

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 22, 2023) — Priscilla McCutcheon, assistant professor in the Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky, has been named a 2023 American Association of Geographers (AAG) Fellow.  

McCutcheon is among 16 geographers who received the recognition for their contributions to geographic research, advancement of practice and careers devoted to strengthening the field of geography, including teaching and mentoring.

AAG Fellows serve the AAG to address, contribute to and create initiatives to advance the discipline. Fellows also mentor early- and mid-career faculty.

The title of AAG Fellow is conferred for life. 

"AAG Fellows light the way for the pursuit and advancement of geography," Gary Langham, executive director of AAG, said. "Their work and experience offer insights into the interaction of space and place with the key issues human societies must understand and help solve. We are grateful for their leadership and advice in advancing AAG and the field." 

McCutcheon’s research focuses on Black food geographies and land politics, particularly in the U.S. South, and her scholarship on race and environment highlights racially marginalized peoples. 

McCutcheon received the first Rickie Sanders Junior Faculty Award from the Feminist Geography Specialty Group, the Emerging Diversity Scholar Citation from the National Center for Institutional Diversity and the Transdisciplinary Research Award from the University of Louisville.

McCutcheon is also associate chair and director of undergraduate studies for African American and Africana Studies (AAAS) at UK and a member of the Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies. She earned her doctorate from the University of Georgia in 2011, and she joined the UK faculty in 2018.

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