GEOG 430
Human Use of the Environment

Instructor Information


Spring 2021 - Meg Boyle

Meg Boyle
Meg Boyle

Hello and welcome! I’m Meg Boyle, your instructor this semester. Here's a little bit about me:

I am originally from Cincinnati, OH. Currently I am in my third year of my Ph.D. in the Department of Geography. Before coming to Penn State, I completed my Master's in Geography at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and my Bachelor's in Political Science at Ohio State University.

My scholarly interests and my current research projects focus on two topics in particular. The first project asks the question: how does mobility (or lack thereof) create racially differentiated effects? Throughout history we have seen that non-white people have been prevented from moving in the ways they would like. I'm curious how we can see the legacies of those political and social policies in decisions about mobility that are made today. The second project asks the question: how might we envision an renewable energy system that works for everyone? As we see a shift from fossil sources of energy to renewables, the political decisions that are made to facilitate this decision have the possibility to either create greater inequalities or to provide the opportunity to resolve some of those that already exist. I want to think about how energy access, something many of us take for granted, is available to the greatest number of people.