Zoltan Grossman


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I have been a geographer in Native American and Indigenous Studies at Evergreen since 2005, and previously at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. I am a professional cartographer, and past co-chair of the American Association of Geographers’ Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group. I was author of Unlikely Alliances: Native Nations and White Communities Join to Defend Rural Lands (University of Washington Press, 2017), co-editor of Asserting Native Resilience: Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations Face the Climate Crisis (Oregon State University Press, 2012), and co-author of Wisconsin’s Past & Present: A Historical Atlas (University of Wisconsin Press, 2002). I have edited student publications such as "Olympia’s Hidden Histories" StoryMaps walking tours, the online book Removing Barriers: Restoring Salmon Watersheds through Tribal Alliances, websites "Basewatch" and "Fossil Fuel Connections," "Nisqually Watershed Podcasts," and New Zealand study abroad reports. I am a longtime community organizer in Native solidarity, environmental justice, antiracist, and antiwar movements. For information, see my faculty website.


Ph.D., Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002; M.S., Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998; B.A., Geography and History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984.

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My teaching centers on human geography, at the intersections of ethnic and racial nationhood, natural resources, and militarism. My programs integrate social, racial, environmental, and climate justice, connecting past and present in local places and world regions. I emphasize social movement alliances that move society from crosscultural conflict to hopeful cooperation. As a cartographer, I often use maps to teach about cultural and ecological placemaking, military and economic networks, and geographies of empire and decolonization. 

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