Dr. Gillian Hart, Geography Professor Emerita, has won the AAG Presidential Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals who have made long-standing and distinguished contributions to the discipline of geography.
From the American Association of Geographers (AAG): "Professor Gillian Hart is recognized for her foundational work in the critical human geography of development, agrarian political economy, and postcolonial Marxism. Dr. Hart has inspired a generation of geographers with her theorizations of relational comparison, conjunctural analysis, and critical ethnography as powerful methodologies for interrogating contemporary social relations. After her earlier research on agrarian Southeast Asia, including groundbreaking contributions to feminist debates about gender and the household, Dr. Hart turned her scholarly focus to post-Apartheid South Africa. Her ground-breaking book Disabling Globalization critiqued discourses of globalization through attention to multiple social-spatial trajectories, while Rethinking the South African Crisis analyzed nationalism and the proliferation of populist politics, focusing on local governments as key sites of contradiction."