Jessica Graybill - Geography Faculty - Colgate University

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Jessica Graybill

Associate Professor of Geography; Director, Russian & Eurasian Studies
Geography, 301 Ho Science Center
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PhD, Geography & Urban Ecology, University of Washington, 2006
MS, Geosciences, Yale University, 2000
BA, Russian Language & Literature, University of Arizona, 1997
BS, Geosciences, University of Arizona, 1997


Physical geography, urban ecology, political ecology, geographies of consumption, former Soviet Union area studies, Arctic area studies

Additional information about my scholarly interests is found at:


On Russia
  • Graybill, J.K., 2013. “Mapping an emotional topography of an ecological homeland: The case of Sakhalin Island, Russia.” For a special issue on environment and affect in Emotion, Space and Society.
  • Graybill, J.K., 2013.Imagining resilience: situating perceptions and emotions about climate change on Kamchatka, Russia.” Available through Online First for GeoJournal: to be included in a special issue on society and climate change for print in 2013.
  • Graybill, J.K., Dixon, M., 2012. “Cities of Russia.” In Brunn, S., Hays-Mitchell, M., Ziegler, D., eds. Cities of the World: World Regional Urban Development. Fifth edition. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Graybill, J.K., 2012.  Book review of Red to Green: Environmental Activism in Post-Soviet Russia. In Nationalities Papers 40(4): 1-3.
  • Graybill, J.K., 2009. “Places and identities on Sakhalin Island: situating the emerging movements for ‘Sustainable Sakhalin’.” In Environmental Justice of the Former Soviet Union. Agyeman, J., Ogneva-Himmelberger, E., eds. Boston: MIT Press.
  • Graybill, J.K., 2008. “Regional dimensions of Russia’s transformation: hydrocarbon development and emerging socio-environmental landscapes of Sakhalin Island.” In Kring Beringia: Expeditioner och folk. Geography and Anthropology Yearbook of the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography No. 127.
  • Graybill, J.K., Mitchneck, B., 2008. “Cities of Russia.” In Brunn, S., Hays-Mitchell, M., Ziegler, D., eds. Cities of the World: World Regional Urban Development. Fourth edition. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Graybill, J. K., 2007. “Continuity and change: (Re)constructing geographies of the environment in late Soviet and postsoviet Russia.” Area 39(1): 6-19.
  • Perepechko, A.S., Graybill, J.K., ZumBrunnen, C.; Sharkov, D., 2005. “Spatial Database Development for Russian Urban Areas: A New Conceptual Framework.” GIScience and Remote Sensing. 42(2): 122-148.

On Urban Ecology
  • Graybill, J.K., 2012. “Urban vulnerability and resilience in Utica, NY: A case study of social and environmental factors affecting the city.”  In Dooling, S., Simon, G., eds. Cities, Nature, Development. Ashgate Press.
  • Shandas, V., Graybill, J.K., Ryan, C.M., 2008. “The challenges of ecosystem-based management: a case study from Western Washington.” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 51(5): 649-664.
  • Mills, A., Francis, T., Shandas, V., Whittaker, K. Graybill, J.K., 2008. “Using best available science to protect critical areas in Washington state: challenges and barriers to planners.” Urban Ecosystems 12(2); 157-175.
  • Dooling, S., Graybill, J.K., Greve, A., 2007. “Response to Young and Wolf: Goal attainment in urban ecology research.” Urban Ecosystems 10(3): 339-347.
  • Francis, T., Whittaker, K., Shandas, V. Mills, A., Graybill, J.K., 2005. “Incorporating science into the environmental policy process: a case study from Washington State.” Ecology and Society 10(1):35.

On Interdisciplinarity
  • Graybill, J.K., Shandas, V. Fyffe, J., Flores, E., in press. “Forces Acting on Doctoral Education from the Viewpoint of Early Career Researchers.” In Nerad, M. Forces and Forms of the Global Network on Doctoral Education. Sense Publishers.
  • Graybill, J.K., Shandas, V., 2010. "Doctoral Student and Early Academic Career Perspectives on Interdisciplinarity.” In Frodeman, R., Klein, R.T., Mitcham, C., eds. The Oxford Handbook on Interdisciplinarity. Oxford University Press.
  • Simon, G., Graybill, J.K., 2010. “Geography in interdisciplinarity: Towards a third conversation.” Geoforum 41(3): 356-363.
  • Graybill, J.K., Dooling, S., Shandas, V., Withey, J., Greve, A., Simon, G., 2006. “A Rough Guide to Interdisciplinarity: Graduate Student Experiences.” BioScience 59(9): 757-764.

Grants and Scholarships

  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2009-10
  • National Science Foundation Integrated Graduate Education & Research Training (IGERT) Fellow in Urban Ecology, University of Washington, 2001-2006
  • Research grant, Center for Statistics, Demography & Ecology, University of Washington, 2005
  • Howard Martin Grant, Geography Department, University of Washington, 2005
  • Rachel Woods Grant, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, 2005
  • Vespucci Organization Scholarship for GIScience training in Fiesole, Italy, 2004


Awarded a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for 2009-2010. See my ACLS profile at

June 2008: Prize for best paper in 2007 by a new researcher in the journal Area. (Graybill, J.K., 2007. "Continuity and change: (re)constructing environmental geographies in late Soviet and post-Soviet Russia." Area 39(1):6-19.) Link to article:

March 2008: Research grant from the Upstate Institute, Colgate University, to study urban green spaces in post-industrial Utica, N.Y.


Please see additional information about my research on this academic website:

Check out the Russian, Central Eurasian and East European Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers!

Board Membership

  • Freshman Year Experience Board Member (January 2013-) 
  • Chair of the Sustainability Council (2011-)
  • Upstate Institute Executive Board Member (2010 -)
  • Environmental Studies Steering Committee (2010)
  • Environmental Council Board Member (2007-2009)
  • Library Advisory Committee (2007-08)