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Rickie Sanders, Ph.D.


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Areas of Expertise:

Urban social geography, geographic education/ under represented groups, environment and development




B.A., Sociology, Southern University

M.S., Urban Planning, Tulane University

PhD, Geography, Ohio State University


Rickie Sanders is Professor of GUS, former Director of the Temple University Women’s Studies Program, and a member of the 2009 Provost’s Teaching Academy.  She teaches Images of the City in Popular Culture as well as several courses in the GUS Gen Ed Undergraduate curriculum.  She recently taught Geographic Thought and Philosophy in the core curriculum for the Masters in Geography.    


Professor Sanders has been active in the field's professional organizations and in academia in the United States and abroad. In 1996-2000, she served as Director of the NSF/NCGE funded Finding A Way project.  In 2001 she was recipient of the NCGE Distinguished Teaching Award and the Temple University Eleanor Hofkin Award for Outstanding Teaching.  In 2004, Sanders was awarded the AAG Gilbert Grovesnor Award for Outstanding Teaching.  Prior to this, her work was recognized by the American Association of University Women, Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award Special Commendation. 


She was recently elected to the Board of the American Geographical Society and represented the Society to the Geographic Education National Implementation Project (GENIP).  Sanders is also Board Member of the Association of American Geographers ALIGNED Project.   


In 2005 Sanders was awarded an NSF International Travel and Planning Grant to undertake collaborative work with geographers from University of Helsinki, Cambridge University, University of Utrecht, and the University of Basel, Switzerland.   She has been Visiting Scholar, York University, Toronto Canada; Foreign Scholar, University of Helsinki and will be assuming a Visiting Professorship at McGill University Montreal, Canada. 


She has been a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Geography, Gender, Place and Culture, and Research in Geographic Education.


Professor Sanders’ civic commitments include serving on the board of directors of the Summerbridge/Breakthrough Collaborative of Greater Philadelphia. 




Professor Sanders’ research interests include urban geography, photography, popular culture, and geographic education/under-represented groups. 


She is currently working on an exhibition of her photographs focused on Reflections of Power and Politics in Philadelphia and Expressions of Grief on the Urban Landscape.  The exhibit also features the work of students in the Geography/Urban Studies courses she teaches.   In addition, she is working on a book length manuscript and photo essay tentatively entitled, Images of the City. 


She has served as reviewer for Journal of Geography, the National Science Foundation, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Routledge Publishers, Gender, Place and Culture, Professional Geographer, and Journal of Geography


Professor Sanders has published widely in geography journals such as Journal of Geography, Professional Geographer, Progress in Human Geography, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, International Research in Geographic and Environmental Education, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Gender, Place and Culture.


PUBLICATIONS (selected):


(Forthcoming, 2010)  Picturing the city: young people’s representations of urban environments.” With Tine Beneker (Netherlands), Sirpa Tani (Finland), Liz Taylor (Oxford).  Children’s Geographies


(Forthcoming, 2010)  Selling new versions of 'family': examining the images used to define and portray 'family' in retirement community promotional material. Chapter 10 in Hallman, B. (eds) ‘Family Geographies: The Spatiality of Families and Family Life’ Oxford University Press.


 “Photographs.”  In Kitchin R, Thrift N (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 8, pp. 157-162. Oxford: Elsevier. 2009. 


 “The Neighborhood Narratives Project: New Dialogues with/in the Mediated City.” With Hana Iverson.  Ch 6 in Eckardt, F. (Eds) MEDIACITY - Situations, Practices and Encounters. Frank & Timme, Berlin Publishers. 2009. 


 “Urban Public Space.”  Ch 8 in Orvell, M (Eds) Public Space and the Ideology of Place in American Culture.  Rodopi B. V. Publishers. 2009. 


 “The Triumph of Geography:  A Viewpoint.  Vol. 32, No. 1.  Progress in Human Geography. 2008.  


 “Teaching the Geographies of Urban Areas:  Views and Visions.”  Vol. 16, No. 3.  With Tine Beneker (Netherlands), Sirpa Tani (Finland), Liz Taylor (Oxford) and Rob van der Vaart (Utrecht).  International Research in Geographic and Environmental Education.  2008.  


“Developing Geographers through Photography:  Enlarging Concepts.”  Vol. 31, No. 1.   Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 2007.               


“Social Justice:  Musings of a Woman of Color in Geography.”   Gender, Place, and Culture.  Vol. 13, No. 1.  2006.  





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