Dr. Farhana Sultana

Dr. Farhana Sultana
Dr. Farhana Sultana speaking at a Maxwell School event, 2016
Dr. Farhana Sultana speaking at a Maxwell School event, 2016
Dr. Farhana Sultana with His Holiness Pope Francis at a workshop at The Vatican, 2017
Dr. Farhana Sultana with His Holiness Pope Francis at a workshop at The Vatican, 2017
Dr. Farhana Sultana with Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Laureate and founder of Grameen Bank in 2010
Dr. Farhana Sultana with Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Laureate and founder of Grameen Bank, in 2010
Dr. Farhana Sultana at the Democratizing Knowledge Faculty Panel, Syracuse University, 2015
Dr. Farhana Sultana at the Democratizing Knowledge Faculty Panel, Syracuse University, 2015

Welcome to my website! 

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at 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, UK. 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, feminist theories, 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.

Details on my researchpublicationspresentationsteachingadvisingoutreach, 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 publications page for academic purposes only.

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