Gund Affiliate, Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Morse is a social geographer who researches the production of landscapes, livelihoods, and everyday human experience in rural places. She has conducted research in working landscapes, rural migration and immobility, place and identity, Vermont’s social geography, and nature-culture theory.  A member of the Geography faculty, she also co-directs the Environmental Studies Program, and is a member of the Food Systems Graduate Faculty at the University of Vermont.  She teaches Global Environments and Cultures, Rural Geography, Place, Landscape and Environment in Vermont, Rural Nature, Qualitative Research Methods, and a graduate level Foods Systems theory course. Several of her courses include service learning. She is chair-elect of the Vermont Land Trust Board of Trustees, Associate Editor of the Journal of Rural Studies, and the Northeast representative to the American Association of Geographers’ Rural Geography Specialty Group.


  • Morse, C.,* R. Gould,* J. Brooks and A. Adams. 2020. “So Much for Access:” Difference, Benefits, and Barriers at Hawai’i’s Shorelines. Geographical Review, 18. DOI:10.1080/00167428.2020.1812069. *co-lead authors
  • Husa, A., and C. Morse, 2020. Rurality as a Key Factor for Place Attachment in the Great Plains. Geographical Review, 1-19. doi:10.1080/00167428.2020.1786384.
  • Morse, C. 2019. Faith and Doubt in an American Working Landscape: The Importance of Scale, Work, and Place in Rural Development Planning, Society & Natural Resources, 32:2, 150-166, DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2018.1511021.
  • Morse, C. and J. Mudgett. 2018. Happy to be Home: Place Attachment, Family Ties, and Mobility of Contented Rural Stayers. The Professional Geographer, 70 (2), 261-269. DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2017.1365309.
  • Morse, C. and Mudgett, J. 2017. Longing for Landscape: Homesickness and Place Attachment Among Rural Out-Migrants in the 19th and 21st Centuries. Journal of Rural Studies 50: 95-103.

Associations and Affiliations

  • Co-Director, Environmental Studies Program, University of Vermont
  • UVM Food Systems Graduate Program
  • Chair-Elect, Board of Trustees, Vermont Land Trust
Cheryl Morse

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Working landscapes; migration; rural geography; place, power, and identity


  • PhD, Geography, University of British Columbia
  • MA, Geography, University of Vermont
  • BA, Environmental Studies, University of Vermont


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Office Location:

Old Mill Rm 203