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Brad D. Jokisch

Brad Jokisch, portrait
Associate Professor
Lindley N359, Athens Campus
Latin American Studies


Ph.D., Clark University, 1998

B.A. Augustana College 1989


  • Cultural/political ecology agriculture
  • Population
  • Migration
  • Latin America

My research interests lie at the nexus of population, environment, and development, mostly in Latin America. I am most interested in how migration and other population changes affect the environment, and in turn how development affects population change.

My research in the Ecuadoran Andes has focused on land-use/cover change and the impact of transnational migration on landscapes and livelihoods.

During 2023-24 I will be on a Fulbright Scholarship to Ecuador, researching the development of family emigration from the highlands of southern Ecuador.

Courses Taught

  • Population Geography (3210/5210): every year
  • Geography of Latin America (3350/5350): every year
  • Introduction to Human Geography (1200): every year
  • Agricultural Ecosystems (3440/5440): every other year
  • Seminar on Population/Migration and Development: every other year

Representative Publications

2023 Jokisch, Brad D. Latin America and the Caribbean: An Environment and Development Approach, Rowman & Littlefield, (Book: 458 pp).

2023 Mack, E.A., Sauls, L.A., Jokisch, B.D., Nolte, K., Schmook, B., He, Y., Radel, C., Allington, G.R., Kelley, L.C., Scott, C.K. and Leisz, S., 2023. Remittances and land change: A systematic review. World Development168, p.106251.  

2023 Jokisch, Brad D. “Ecuador Juggles Rising Emigration and Challenges Accommodating Venezuelan Arrivals,Migration Information Source, The Online Journal of the Migration Policy Institute Washington D.C. October 18. This article is also published in Spanish

2019 Jokisch, BD.; Radel, C, Carte, L, Schmook, B. “Migration matters: the importance of migration for contemporary human-environment geography,” Geography Compass. e12460.* pp: (17)

2019 Radel, C.; Jokisch, B., Birgit Schmook, Mariel Aguilar-Støen, Kathleen Hermans, Lindsey Carte, Karl Zimmerer, and Stephen Aldrich, “Migration and displacement as features of land system transitions,” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 38 June: 103-110.*

2015 McSweeney, Kendra, Jokisch, Brad D. “Native Amazonians’ Strategic Urbanization: Shaping Territorial Possibilities through Cities” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. 20(1): 1-21.

2014 Jokisch, Brad D. “Ecuador: From Mass Emigration to Return Migration?” Migration Information Source, The Online Journal of the Migration Policy Institute Washington D.C.

2011 Jokisch, Brad D. McSweeney, Kendra “Assessing the Potential of Indigenous-Run Demographic/Health Surveys: the 2005 Shuar Survey, Ecuador,” Human Ecology. 39(5):683- 698.

2009 Jokisch, Brad D. “Making a Traditional Study Abroad Program Geographic: A Theoretically informed Regional Approach,” Journal of Geography. 108: 105-111.