Faculty & Staff

Cynthia Sorrensen, Ph.D.

Cynthia Sorrensen, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor- Troy Online



B.A. University of Redlands

M.A., Geography Ohio State university

Ph.D. Geography, Ohio State University

Areas of Expertise:

environmental justice, human dimensions of climate change, remote sensing, GIS, cultural and political geography


Dr. Sorrensen is a human geographer with a theoretical grounding in the political ecology tradition. She consistently work with geospatial technologies (GIS and remote sensing) in research and in teaching while at the same time investing in interdisciplinary collaboration to better position and understand the human components of contemporary environmental issues. She approaches environmental challenges from a political stand point, working to understand how historical and daily practices of power shape the material landscape and nature-society relationship which unfold upon this landscape. She has published work on the distribution of urban tree cover and segregation history in West Texas, the political economy of flooding on the U.S. Mexico border, and the impacts of conservation policy on fire hazard in the Brazilian Amazon. Underlying her work are questions of how local populations act and react to larger structural change, what securities or insecurities are produced, and how environments respond or are impacted. She is particularly interested in how these dynamics play out under conditions of natural hazards--floods, wildfires, drought. Climate change is setting the context for these events to be even more extreme in the future, who will be vulnerable and who will be able to adapt are important questions to address.

Courses Taught at TROY:

Cultural Geography
Geography of Latin America
Political Geography
Urban Geography