Dr. Farhana Sultana

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Dr. Farhana Sultana


Welcome to my website! I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment 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.

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


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.

With His Holiness Pope Francis, at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Vatican City, 2017

Interdisciplinary Scholar

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, decolonizing, 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.”

2019 Glenda Laws Award
2019 Glenda Laws Award – Dr. Farhana Sultana

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