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Alice A. Eastwood

Master's Student

I began Kent’s master’s program in geography in the spring of 2012. I had never heard of GIS until just a few years ago, but once I did I decided to learn more about it. I was fortunate to find a GIS certificate program at my local community college and I completed this program at the end of 2011. The required courses were surprisingly comprehensive and I was soon in love with the broader field of geography. My ultimate goal is to complete my doctorate. I have a bachelor’s degree in (theoretical) mathematics from the University of Rochester and an MBA in marketing from Cleveland State University.

My family resides in a western suburb of Cleveland and currently consists of my husband, two young children, three former exchange students (whom we see when we can and at least follow on Facebook when we cannot be with them), four doves, three bearded dragons, and two hamsters. (I say “currently” because I have my eye on a lovely Australian barking gecko and a sad, bitey rhino iguana… a skunk wouldn’t be bad, either.)

I find being a non-traditional student challenging and yet highly rewarding. I’m looking forward to my intellectually inspiring years at Kent.

It almost seems that I haven’t met a geography subdiscipline that I didn’t enjoy learning more about. However, the questions I find most interesting typically relate back to medical and health geography. I have enjoyed reading maps since elementary school, and I like using technology to create them even more. Therefore, I hope to tie these two interests together to investigate topics of interest to me such as:

  • nodding syndrome in Uganda (though it also occurs in Tanzania and South Sudan)
  • the current conflict between our views of what urban/suburban space “should” be like and the organic, sustainable foods movement which prompts many to want to have a micro farm in their yard
  • the geography of various survival skills and natural resources that could be employed in the event of a catastrophic manmade disaster, such as an EMP burst

Contact Me
Though I am unable to be on campus as often as I’d like, I would love to talk to anyone with similar interests – or even dissimilar ones! If you’re a nontraditional student or thinking about becoming one, I’d be happy to talk to you about that as well. Please feel free to write me:

Alice A. Eastwood
Department of Geography