Maria Lane

    Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies

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Dr. Lane joined The University of New Mexico in 2006, and has served as chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. She has also served as the editor of Historical Geography, a UNM-hosted journal concerned with maintaining historical geography’s ongoing intellectual contribution to social scientific and humanities-based disciplines. As a historical geographer, she studies environmental knowledge claims and is particularly interested in maps, science, and stories and the roles they play in creating, challenging, or legitimizing different human-environment understandings. Lane’s projects generally focus on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with regional emphases on the American West, the Spanish & British Caribbean, the arid landscapes of Mars, and places with colonial histories.  


  • PhD in Geography, University of Texas at Austin (2006)
  • MS in Community and Regional Planning, University of Texas at Austin (2000)
  • BA in Latin-American Studies, University of Virginia (1995)

Research Areas

  • Colonialism
  • Environmental Knowledge
  • Historical Geography
  • Political-Ecological Geographies

Country Specialization(s)

  • American West And Southwest
  • Atlantic Basic
  • Americas