Professor of Urban Studies and Public Health, Georgia State University

Risa Palm is the immediate past-Provost of Georgia State University and has held tenured positions at the rank of Full Professor in the Departments of Geography at Georgia State University, the University at Buffalo, Louisiana State University, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the University of Oregon and the University of Colorado. She has held the position of both dean and also provost at several of these universities. Palm is the past-president of the American Association of Geographers and the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She is the author of 13 books and monographs as well as numerous refereed articles and chapters on topics including urban geography, response to natural hazards and climate change communication.

Experience

  • 2001–2009
    Dean, University of Oregon
  • 2006–2009
    Provost, State University of New York system
  • 2003–2006
    Provost, Louisiana State University
  • 1997–2003
    Dean, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • 1989–2001
    Dean, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • 1981–2001
    Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • 1984–1989
    Associate vice Chancellor, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • 1981–1984
    Associate dean, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • 1977–1981
    Associate Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • 1972–1976
    Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Education

  • 1972 
    University of Minnesota, Ph.D.

Publications

  • 2019
    Impact of message source on the effectiveness of communications about climate change, Science Communication
  • 2019
    Counteracting climate science's politicization with effective frames and imagery, Science Communication
  • 2018
    Impact of frames highlighting coastal flooding in the US on climate change beliefs, Climatic Change
  • 2018
    Cross-national variation in determinants of climate change attitudes, Environmental politics
  • 2017
    What causes people to change their opinion about climate change, Annals of the American Association of Geographers
  • 2002
    International telephone calls: global and regional patterns, Urban Geography
  • 2001
    Residential mobility: the impacts of web-based information on the search process, Urban Geography
  • 1998
    Illusions of Safety: culture and earthquake hazard response in the US and Japan, Westview Press
  • 1998
    Urban earthquake hazards: the impacts of culture on perceived risk in the USA and Japan, Applied Geography
  • 1995
    Earthquake insurance: a longitudinal study of California homeowners, Westview Press
  • 1993
    Natural hazards in Puerto Rico, Natural Hazards Center monograph
  • 1993
    Natural hazards in Puerto Rico, Geographical Review
  • 1992
    After a California Earthquake, University of Chicago Press
  • 1990
    Natural hazards: an integrative framework for research and planning, Johns Hopkins University Press
  • 1981
    Geography of American Cities, Oxford University Press
  • 1981
    Women and the social costs of economic development, Westview Press
  • 1978
    Invitation to Geography, McGraw-Hill

Grants and Contracts

  • 1994
    Earthquake hazard response in US and Japan
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    National Science Foundation
  • 1992
    Purchase of catastrophic earthquake insurance in California
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    National Science Foundation
  • 1990
    Impacts of Loma Prieta Earthquake
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    National Science Foundation
  • 1990
    Impact of Mandatory coverage multiple hazard preparedness: response to Hurricane Hugo in Puerto Rico
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    National Science Foundation
  • 1988
    Earthquake insurance in California
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    National Science Foundation
  • 1978
    Real Estate agents and the dissemination of information on hazards
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    National Science Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Geographers

Honours

Honors award, American Association of Geographers