Curriculum Vitae

Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro

Professor, Department of Geography

SUNY New Paltz 

EDUCATION

Degree Date Institution and location Major Field
Ph.D. 2000 Rutgers University, NJ Geography
Certificate 2000 Rutgers University, NJ Russian, Central, and East European Studies
Certificate 1995 Beloit College, WI Hungarian Language
M.Sc. 1995 University of Wisconsin-Madison Geography
M.A. 1992 University of Wisconsin-Madison Anthropology
B.A. 1990 University of Miami, FL Anthropology, Geography
  • PhD Dissertation, “Soil use, soil science, and gender relations”: study of effects of gender relations and ideologies on soil and agronomic sciences, farming practices, and soil nutrient and reaction dynamics
  • MSc. Thesis, “A phytolith analysis of buried soils in the Young Loess Sequence of Hungary”: comparative analysis of phytogenic opaline silica remains in Pleistocene soils in light of existing palaeoecological and palaeoclimatic terrestrial records

UNIVERSITY WORK EXPERIENCE

Year Title/Rank Institution and location
2019-present Professor Geography, SUNY New Paltz
2010-2019 Associate Professor Geography, SUNY New Paltz
2006-10 Assistant Professor Geography, SUNY New Paltz
2001-2006 Assistant Professor Geography and Geology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
2000-2001 Visiting Assistant Professor Geology and Geography, Vassar College, NY

AFFILIATIONS

Corvinus Institute for Advanced Studies, Covinus University (Budapest)

SUNY New Paltz Environmental Studies

SUNY New Paltz Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

CURRENT TEACHING

Introductory: Physical Geography; People-Environment Relations I

Advanced: Gender and Environment; Geographies of Socialism; People-Environment Relations IISoils

 RECENT FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, NOMINATIONS, AND AWARDS

National Science Foundation, Geography and Regional Sciences Program (“Examining Atmospheric and Soil Contamination in Urban Community Gardens”), 2019-2022

Senior Research Fellowship, Corvinus Institute for Advanced Studies, Budapest (“Effects of Social Composition and Carework Responsibilities on the Viability of Urban Community Gardens in Budapest”), 2019

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, SUNY New Paltz, 2016

Excellence in Scholarship Award, College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, SUNY New Paltz, 2016

Fellowship, AsiaNetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellowship (“Urban Farms in Chongqing, China: Examining the opportunities and challenges of food production in the city”), 2015

William J. Fulbright Scholar Grant (Italy) (“People-environment relations, urban gardens and heavy metal contamination in Rome”), 2014

RECENT PRESENTATIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES

2019

Paper Presenter, Critical Physical Geography and Historical Materialist Dialectics, 14th Annual Critical Geographies Mini-Conference, University of Oregon, Eugene, 18-19 October

Invited Speaker, Socialist States and Environments: Fictions, Contexts, and Contradictions, University of Oregon, Eugene, 17 October

Invited Speaker, A Critical Physical Geography Perspective on Soil Degradation, Department of Geography, Rutgers University, 27 September

Paper Presenter, Les  Jardins  Communautaires  Urbains comme Espaces  Politiques  et  Écologiques  Troublés (Urban  Community  Gardens  as  Troubled  Political  and  Ecological  Spaces), Approches Critiques de la Dimension Spatiale des Rapports Sociaux: Débats Transdisciplinaires et Transnationaux, 26-28 June

Paper Presenter, Ecosocial Challenges and Impacts of Urban Food Production in Chongqing, Student Research Conference on Asia and the Environment, Vassar College, 27 April

Panellist, The Geographer Marx, American Association of Geographers Meeting, Washington, DC, 7 April

Panellist, Critical Environmental Justice (IV), American Association of Geographers Meeting, Washington, DC, 4 April

Paper Presenter, Ecosocial Challenges and Impacts of Urban Food Production: A Dialectical Ecology Perspective, Critical Physical Geography and Agrarian Transformations I, American Association of Geographers Meeting, Washington, DC, 4 April

Discussant, Teaching Critical Physical Geography, American Association of Geographers Meeting, Washington, DC, 4 April

Guest Lecturer, Soil Degradation in the Global South: An Ecosocialist Perspective, Howard University, 3 April

Organiser and Convener, Critical Physical Geography Workshop, Washington, D.C., 1-2 April 2019

Paper Presenter, El Papel de la Ciencia en las Luchas por el Ecosocialismo, III Congreso Latinoamericano de Ecologia Politica, Bahia-Salvador, Brazil, 18-20 March 2019

2018

Participant, Urban Soils Symposium, New York City, 6-7 December 2018

Panellist, The Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group of the AAG: Past Experiences and Future Prospects, Critical Geography Conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, 20 October

Paper Presenter, The Troublesome World of Soil Trace-Element Contamination Assessment: Towards a Context-Sensitive Alternative, “Shifting Baselines, Altered Horizons: Politics, Practice, and Knowledge in Environmental Science and Policy,” Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany, 21-22 June

Paper Presenter (paper accepted, unable to attend due to visa impediment), Vegetable Garden Soils and Lay Public Education on Soil Heavy Metal Exposure Mitigation, Smart and Sustainable Cities Conference, People’s Friendship University of Russia, Moscow, Russia, 23-26 May

Guest Lecturer, Ecosocialism: Historical Roots and Current Movements, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, 9 May

Guest Lecturer, The Second Contradiction Thesis and Ecological Marxism, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, 8 May

Guest Lecturer, Ecosocialism: Historical Roots and Current Movements, Renmin Normal University, Beijing, 7 May

Guest Lecturer, Ecosocialism: Recent Developments, BeiHang Normal University, Beijing, 7 May

Paper Presenter, The Contributions of James O’Connor to the Development of Ecological Marxism and to Prospects for Ecological Civilisation, The Second World Congress of Marxism, Peking University, Beijing, 5-6 May

Paper Presenter, Politics from the Underground: Soils and Leftist Projects, American Association of Geographers Meeting, New Orleans, 14 April

Panellist, Teaching Critical Physical Geography, American Association of Geographers Meeting, New Orleans, 14 April

Discussant, Academics under Attack in the Age of Social Media, American Association of Geographers Meeting, New Orleans, 13 April

Discussant, Capitalism Nature Socialism Keynote: Land, Autonomy, and Inclusivity in the Tiny House Strategy, American Association of Geographers Meeting, New Orleans, 13 April

Discussant and Organiser, Integrating Radical Scholarship and Activism inside the Neoliberal University, American Association of Geographers Meeting, New Orleans, 12 April

Introducer, Ecosocialist Pedagogies and Everyday Activism, American Association of Geographers Meeting, New Orleans, 10 April

Introducer, Migrants’ Struggle beyond Activism, Repression and Solidarity I, American Association of Geographers Meeting, New Orleans, 13 April

Invited Speaker, Soil Trace Element Contamination in Urban Gardens: Environmental and Political Implications, Department of Geology and Geography, Georgia Southern University, 1 March

2017

Paper Presenter, The October Revolution, Natural Science, and Dialectical Materialism, Third International Symposium on “Marxism and Socialism in the 21st Century”, Wuhan, China, 17-19 November

Presenter (via skype), Editors Meeting, Revolutions Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 29 September

Paper Presenter, Crop Diversity and Soil Quality in Informal Urban Vegetable Gardens in Chongqing, China, International Symposium on Greener Cities, International Society of Horticultural Science, Bologna, Italy, 12-15 September

Scientific Committee Member, International Symposium on Greener Cities, International Society of Horticultural Science, Bologna, Italy, 12-15 September

Keynote Speaker, Soils and Leftist Struggles, “Rediscovering Soils” Workshop, University of Sheffield, UK, 19-21 June

Invited Speaker, Some Political Repercussions Buried in Urban Soils Research, SET Seminar Series, University of Brighton, UK, 17 May

Seminar Presenter, Marxism and Ecology, KTH, Stockholm, 22 May

Poster Presenter, Urban Vegetable Garden Soils and Lay Public Education on Soil Heavy Metal Exposure Mitigation, Agricultures Urbaines Durables: Vecteur pour la Transition Ecologique, Toulouse, France, 6-9 June

Presenter (with Melissa Rock), Urban farming on the margins: Interstitial spaces of food production in Chongqing, China, American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Boston, 5-9 April

Panellist, Feminist Geographies II: Silvia Federici meets critics, American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Boston, 5-9 April

Organiser, Trump, environmental injustice, and the ecological crisis of American capitalism, American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Boston, 5-9 April

2016

Presenter, Urban Gardening as Activism in Chongqing, China, The 8th Meeting of East Asian Regional Conference in Alternative Geography, Hong Kong, 6-8 December

Invited Speaker, Growing Crops in Cities and Heavy Metal Contamination, Syracuse, NY, 28 October

Invited Speaker (via skype), A Soils Research Agenda. “Going to Ground”: A Workshop on the Social Life of Soil, Earth & Land. Sydney, Australia, 28 October

Presenter, An Exploration of Potential Airborne Contamination of Urban Garden Vegetables in Rome, Italy, Growing Cities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Urban Gardening International Conference, Basel, Switzerland, 9-10 September

Presenter, Urban farming’s aims and challenges: Comparative notes on heavy metal contamination and land access dynamics in New York, Rome, and Chongqing, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia, 6 July

Presenter, Degrading Dirt: Political Economy of Soil Degradation, Slow Emergencies Workshop, Adelaide, Australia, 2-4 July

Presenter, Soil Destruction as a Slow Eco-Social Emergency, Institute of Australian Geographers, Adelaide, 29 June-1 July

Presenter, An eco-social approach to soil pH variability on cultivated land: A case study from the Drava River floodplain, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 29 March-2 April

Organiser and Chair, The 2016 Capitalism Nature Socialism Lecture: ‘State regulation and environmental justice: The need for strategy reassessment’ by Laura Pulido, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 29 March-2 April

Panellist, Author-Meets-Critics: Jason Moore’s Capitalism in the Web of Life, Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 29 March-2 April

Convener, Organiser, Critical Physical Geography Workshop, Berkeley, CA, 27-28 March

Chair, Political Ecologies of Capital and Struggles, ‘Undisciplined Environments,’ International Conference of the European Network of Political Ecology (ENTITLE), Stockholm, Sweden 20-24 March

Poster Presenter, Urban Farms in Chongqing, China: Examining Opportunities and Challenges of Food Production in the City, AsiaNetwork Conference, St. Petersburg, FL, 4-6 March

ACADEMIC SERVICE ACTIVITIES

Journal and Book Publishing

Editor-in-Chief, Capitalism Nature Socialism

Book Series Editorial Advisory Board, Alternatives and Futures: Cultures, Practices, Activism and Utopias, Palgrave Macmillan

Ediorial Boards: Geotema; Human Geography; Studies in Social Justice

Membership in Professional Societies

Association of American Geographers

Soils of Urban, Industrial, Traffic and Mining Areas

Soil Care Network

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