About Me

Dr. Farhana Sultana

Welcome to my website! I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, where I have taught since 2008. I am also the Research Director for Environmental Collaboration and Conflicts in the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Maxwell School. At Syracuse University, I am a faculty affiliate/associate across several programs and departments, such as Women’s and Gender Studies Department, International Relations Program, Center for Environmental Policy and Administration (CEPA), South Asia Center, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Tolley Humanities Faculty, Democratizing Knowledge Collective, and Asian/Asian-American Studies.

Prior to joining Syracuse University, I was a faculty member in the Department of Geography at King’s College London and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Manchester. Before becoming an academic, I was a Programme Officer at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for a $26M large environment-development program in Bangladesh. I obtained my M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Minnesota, where I was a John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow and International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Fellow. I obtained my A.B. (Cum Laude) in Geosciences and Environmental Studies from Princeton University.

As an internationally-recognized interdisciplinary scholar, I am broadly interested in nature-society relationships, political ecology, critical development studies, transnational feminist theories, critical urban studies, climate change, water governance, social justice, human rights, citizenship, and South Asia. My work is informed by not only my background and training in the natural sciences, social sciences, and policy experience, but also from having lived and worked on three continents, being a post-colonial subject and scholar, and having a lifelong commitment to critical praxis and social justice. I am the recipient of the 2019 Glenda Laws Award from the American Association of Geographers for “outstanding contributions to geographic research on social issues.”

Details on my researchpublicationspresentationsteaching, advisingoutreach, and news and media can be found on the respective pages and from the drop-down menu above. Some of my publications are available to download from the the publications page for academic purposes only.

Here is a link to a short CV and a brief Bio for ease of access for anyone interested. You can also check out my photo gallery and latest news!

Farhana Sultana
Farhana Sultana

Farhana Sultana meeting His Holiness Pope Francis at The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences after her invited talk there in 2017

Farhana Sultana, 2012 Convocation speech at Syracuse University
Farhana Sultana delivering the 2012 Faculty Convocation speech at graduation in the College of Arts & Sciences of Syracuse University

Farhana Sultana’s 2019 Glenda Laws Award from the American Association of Geographers