• Stephen Healy

    Contact Information
    Office: ST-410 N
    Phone: 508-929-8908
    PhD Geography, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2006
    MS Geography, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2001
    BA Social Ecology, Hampshire College, 1994
    Stephen Healy Portrait

    Teaching Interests
    I teach introduction to Human Geography (GE 102) each semester. The course of has become a context for me to introduce students to the major areas of inquiry within human geography as a social science as well as reflect on what Bruno Latour refers to as “matters of concern”: human identity and belonging, economic inequality and development, urbanization, social and ecological challenges such as climate change. These “matters of concern” are defined a least in part by matters of fact but the contours of their reality are shaped by human decisions and human values. Frequently what is required to address “matters of concern” is to de-naturalize what is taken for granted as fact, to challenge fixed ideas about how market economies or cities function for example or, for that matter, what qualities are inherent in human nature. I explore some of these same matters of concern more deeply in Sustainable Communities (GE 285) and Urban Geography (GE 250). In addition to these courses it has been my responsibility to teach Geographic Research Methods (GE 315) and Senior Seminar (GE 400).