Jessica Graybill - Geography Faculty - Colgate University

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Jessica Graybill

Associate Professor of Geography; Director, Russian & Eurasian Studies
Geography, 301 Ho Science Center
p 315-228-6498


PhD, Geography & Urban Ecology, University of Washington, 2006
MS, Geosciences, Yale University, 2000
BA, Russian Language & Literature, University of Arizona, 1997
BS, Geosciences, University of Arizona, 1997


Arctic, Russian and Eurasian studies; urban ecology; climate social science; energy geographies; social-ecological systems; participatory and cognitive mapping; environmental ethics; Q method; systems thinking.

Additional information about my scholarly interests can be found at 

Grants and Scholarships

  • “ASUS: Arctic Sustainability: A Synthesis of Knowledge.” Funded by the Belmont Forum. US based PI Team: Petrov, A., Graybill, J.K., Heleniak, T., Shiklomanov, N., Kofinas, G., Huskey, L. (US co-PI team on 6-country Arctic team). 
  • ARCTIC BASE: Building Coastal Resilience in the Russian Arctic Research Coordination Network.” PI Team Neretin, L., Petrov, A., Graybill, J.K., Brigham, L., Presnall, A., Peyasov, A., Plink, N. 
  • Fulbright Science and Innovation Award for project entitled “Russian climate science in a globalizing world: (de)constructing climate knowledge in Vladivostok.”
  • Full stipend (travel, room & board, other fees) support to travel to Vladivostok, Russia to conduct research for the 2014-15 academic year.
  • “Arctic Frontiers Of SusTainability: Resources, Societies, Environments and Development in the Changing North (Arctic-FROST).” National Science Foundation, Research Coordination Network Grant for Science Engineering and Education for Sustainability (RCN-SEES). PI Team: Petrov, A., Graybill, J., Heleniak, T., Schweitzer, P.
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2009-10
  • National Science Foundation Integrated Graduate Education & Research Training (IGERT) Fellow in Urban Ecology, University of Washington, 2001-2006
  • Research grant, Center for Statistics, Demography & Ecology, University of Washington, 2005
  • Howard Martin Grant, Geography Department, University of Washington, 2005
  • Rachel Woods Grant, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, 2005
  • Vespucci Organization Scholarship for GIScience training in Fiesole, Italy, 2004


Awarded a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for 2009-2010. See my ACLS profile at

June 2008: Prize for best paper in 2007 by a new researcher in the journal Area. (Graybill, J.K., 2007. "Continuity and change: (re)constructing environmental geographies in late Soviet and post-Soviet Russia." Area 39(1):6-19.) Link to article:

March 2008: Research grant from the Upstate Institute, Colgate University, to study urban green spaces in post-industrial Utica, N.Y.


Please see additional information about my research on this academic website:

Board Membership

At Colgate University:

Director of Russian & Eurasian Studies Program

University Professor for Global Engagements Program

University Professor for First-Year Seminar Program

University Professor for Core Distinction

External service:

Associate Editor,
Polar Geography

Vice Chair, Polar Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers

Representative from American Association of Geographers to Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)

Expert Member of the Gender Expert Network of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) regarding environment, climate change and sustainable development for Russia

Board Member, Energy and Environment Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers