The American Association of Geographers honored individuals and groups who represent outstanding contributions to and accomplishments in the field of goegraphy.

Several UCLA Department of Geography faculty were recognized at this year's American Association of Geographers annual meeting, including:

  • Professor Eric Sheppard, who received Meridian Book Award for his work “Limits to Globalization: The Disruptive Geographies of Capitalist Development,” published by Oxford University Press in 2016;
  • Professor, geography department chair and association president Glen MacDonald, who was interviewed by Accuweather at the March for Science;
  • Professor and Vice Provost of the UCLA Office of International Studies and Global Engagement Cindy Fan, who received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Asian Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers.

The association is a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904. For more than 100 years the association has contributed to the advancement of geography. From nearly 100 countries, association members share interests in the theory, methods and practice of geography, cultivated through the association's annual meeting, scholarly journals and online newsletter.