Richard Hunter   
Assistant Professor             
Geography Department
138 Old Main
SUNY Cortland

PhD, Geography, Louisiana State University
MS, Geography, South Dakota State University
BS, Geography, South Dakota State University

BA, History, South Dakota State University

Curriculum vitae     


GRY 120 Cultural Geography (Honors)
GRY 370 Will the World Provide? (Honors)
GRY 440 Seminar in Geography
GRY 450 Urban Geography
GRY 482 Geography of Latin American and the Caribbean
GRY 484 Geography of Europe
INT 380 Secularization (Honors)

Research interests

My main research project focuses on illuminating the spatial patterns and environmental consequences of colonial land use change in the Valle del Mezquital in central Mexico’s tropical highlands. I use this period's land grants and other archival documents to map livestock ranches in a GIS. These landscape reconstructions allow us to better understand how introduced livestock and agricultural terrace abandonment may have contributed to the region’s severe environmental degradation. A related goal of this research agenda is to find the linkages between historical land use changes and late-Holocene carbon pool fluxes and climate change.


Peer-reviewed articles

2016. Grammatical subjects, 'Hell is other people', and irreprehensible nature. cultural geographies 23: 735-738.

2015. with Andrew Sluyter. Sixteenth-century soil carbon sequestration rates based on Mexican land-grant documents. The Holocene 25: 880-885.

2014. Land use change in New Spain: A three-dimensional historical GIS analysis. The Professional Geographer 66: 260-273.

2011. with Andrew Sluyter. How incipient colonies create territory: The textual surveys of New Spain, 1520s-1620s. Journal of Historical Geography 37: 288-299.

2010. Methodologies for reconstructing a pastoral landscape: Land grants in sixteenth-century New Spain. Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History 43: 1-13.

2009. Positionality, perception, and possibility in Mexico's Valle del Mezquital. Journal of Latin American Geography 8: 49-69.

Book reviews

2016. Review of Geographies of the Holocaust, eds. A.K. Knowles, T. Cole, and A. Giordano. The AAG Review of Books 4: 156-158.

2016. Review of Culture reexamined: Broadening our understanding of social and evolutionary influences, ed. A.B. Cohen. Journal of Cultural Geography 33: 379-380.

2014. Review of Properties of violence: Law and land grant struggle in northern New Mexico, by David Correia. Historical Geography 42: 395-396.

2013. Review of A culture of stone: Inka perspectives on rock, by Carolyn Dean. The Sixteenth Century Journal 44: 270-271.

2012. Review of Mapping Latin America: A cartographic reader, eds. K. Offen and J. Dym. Historical Geography 40: 208-209.

2012. Review of Traveling from New Spain to Mexico: Mapping practices of nineteenth-century Mexico, by Magali M. Carrera. Journal of Historical Geography 38: 200-201.

2011. Review of Company towns in the Americas: Landscape, power, and working-class communities, eds. O.J. Dinius and A. Vergara. The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Inter-American History 68: 155-157.

2010. Review of Temples of the earthbound gods: Stadiums in the cultural landscapes of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, by Christopher Thomas Gaffney. Journal of Cultural Geography 27: 232-233.

2010. Review of The archaeology of environmental change: Socionatural legacies of degradation and resilience, eds. C.T. Fisher, J.B. Hill, and G.M. Feinman. Environment and History 16: 257-260.

2010. Review of Notarios y agricultores: Crecimiento y atraso en el campo mexicano, 1780-1920, by Alejandro Tortolero Villaseñor. Environmental History 15: 153-154.

2009. Review of Climate and society in colonial Mexico: A study in vulnerability, by Georgina H. Endfield. Journal of Historical Geography 35: 777-778.

Encyclopedia entries

2013. Agave. In Encyclopedia of cultivated plants, ed. C. Cumo, v. 1, pp. 3-7. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

2013. Otomí. In Native peoples of the world, ed. S.L. Danver, v. 1, pp. 151-152, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.

2011. Pastoralism. In Encyclopedia of American environmental history, ed. K. Brosnan, v. 3, pp. 1033-1034. New York: Facts on File.

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