University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Geography

Faculty - Cheryl Morse

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Cheryl Morse; Lecturer, Research Associate

Director, Vermont Studies

  • Ph.D., University of British Columbia (2006)
  • C.V.
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  • Office Hours: On Leave Fall 2012, Office hours by appointment only.
Area of expertise

Social geography, rural studies, nature-culture theory, geography of youth and childhood, identity and landscape, environment, Vermont.

Contact Information
Dr. Morse is a social geographer with a keen interest in the relationships among people, rural places, and everyday experience. She has pursued these interests in a number of academic 'places' including: nature-culture theory, children's geographies, gender studies, and landscape study.  Her dissertation research (University of British Columbia, 2006) explored the connections between American perceptions of wilderness, constructions of troubled youth, and the production of identity at a therapeutic camping program in central Vermont. Ultimately, the research focused on the co-production of a therapeutic taskscape and individual identities. One of her present projects is articulating the findings of my wilderness therapy research within the scope of research on therapeutic landscapes. Dr. Morse also serves as Coordinator for the Vermont Geographic Alliance, an organization affiliated with National Geographic, whose mission is to bring geography education resources to K-12 teachers as well as the general public. This work allows her to bridge the research and teaching conducted at the university level to the work conducted in K-12 schools across the state. Dr. Morse teaches introductory level courses on World Regional Geography and on Vermont. Her intermediate and advanced level courses include topics on Global Childhoods, the Geographies of American Environmentalism, Advanced Topics in Human/Environment Interactions, and Rural Places/RuralLives. Dr. Morse holds a B.A. (1989) in Environmental Studies and an M.A. (2000) from the University of Vermont and a Ph.D. in Human Geography from the University of British Columbia (2006).

Quote:  "I am commited to 'home work'. My home state, Vermont, both fascinates and sustains me.  It is where I grew up, where I choose to live and raise a family, and has become a topic of study.  I am thrilled to teach Vermont Studies courses at UVM and to serve as an Associate Member of the Center for Research on Vermont."