Janel M. Curry, Professor of Geography and Environmental Science
- Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1985
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- office: Spoelhof Center 327
- research interests: rural geography, natural resource management, and geography of Canada and the United States
Dr. Curry joined the Calvin faculty in the fall of 1996. She is a graduate of Bethel College in St. Paul, MN (B.A., 1977). After her undergraduate work, she did ethnographic and historical research in southern Louisiana for the Houma Tribe as a volunteer of the Mennonite Central Committee. Dr. Curry did her graduate work in geography at the University of Minnesota (M.A., 1981; Ph.D., 1985) and taught at Central College before coming to Calvin. Her interests range from natural resource management to the geography of the U.S. and Canada. In support of her research she has received grants from the University of Iowa Center for Global Environmental Change, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, The National Rural Development Committee, Indiana Campus Compact Universities as Citizens Program, and the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship.
In addition she has received a research fellowship through the Pew Charitable Trusts Evangelical Scholars Program to study worldviews and farming and a research Fulbright to do a comparative study of Canadian and U.S. natural resource policy. She has published papers in such journals as The Geographical Review, the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Society and Natural Resources, and Agriculture and Human Value. In 2002 she published the book, Community on Land, with Steve McGuire. She is also part of a working group of scholars attempting to explore at greater depths the relationship among theology, social structures, and the earth.
Recent travels took her to New Zealand where she spent four months with her daughters while on sabbatical during academic year 2002-2003. In May 2004, she visited China where she lectured at Xiamen University. Dr. Curry believes that the three most beautiful landscapes in the world are the Palouse Hills of Eastern Washington, the tropical highlands of Central America, and Great Barrier Island, New Zealand. The most interesting place she has visited is the Altiplano (High Plain) of Bolivia.