Center adds new members to our team and welcomes Dr. Miriam Gay-Antaki as our Interim Director for the spring semester!


The R.H. Mallory Center for Community Geography is pleased to welcome spring 2023 doctoral fellow Ramona Malczynski and to welcome back undergraduate fellow Will Tatman, who is continuing his year-long fellowship with the center. Ramona previously served as the Center for Community Geography’s graduate assistant- we are glad to have her back! Will and Ramona will continue to work with Mari Sambaña from the Cultivating Bernalillo County Grow the Growers Program to address food accessibility in the International District following the closure of the Walmart at San Mateo Blvd. and Central Ave. This partnership is focused on community mapping for foodshed awareness and planning.

We would also like to congratulate Gwyneth Doland, Joe Garcia, and Dr. Claudia Pratesi on their selection as center affiliates in our latest round of applications! Gwyneth Doland is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Communication & Journalism at UNM. Her areas of expertise are multimedia journalism, government accountability reporting, cultural criticism. Joe Garcia is an instructor of community-based learning in UNM’s Chicana and Chicano Studies Department. His areas of expertise include transformative learning, community-based learning, ecological literacy, horticulture science and holistic education. Dr. Claudia Pratesi is an Assistant Professor in the College of Population Health at UNM. Her areas of expertise are environmental health, plastic pollution and One Health.

For the spring 2024 semester, Dr. Miriam Gay-Antaki will be the center’s Interim Director. Miriam is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at UNM.  Her work focuses on human-environment relations in the era of anthropogenic global climate change. She draws from political ecology and decolonial feminist geography to amplify voices that are not regularly part of the debate on climate change to make research on the topic more effective for vulnerable and underrepresented communities.

To find out more about our new staff members and affiliates, check out their bios on our website!

We are excited for all of the new additions to the community geography team, and look forward to a busy an exciting spring semester!