Dear A&S Faculty, Staff, and Friends,
I am very pleased to announce that Professor Patricia Ehrkamp, Department of Geography, is the 2021-22 Distinguished Professor in Arts and Sciences. Professor Ehrkamp is a feminist geographer whose research considers the politics of immigration with attention to belonging, citizenship, and exclusion in the spaces of everyday urban life in the United States and Europe. Her work appears in leading international journals, including Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Urban Geography, Progress in Human Geography, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Space & Polity, Environment and Planning A, and Social & Cultural Geography. Her two current research projects are funded by the National Science Foundation. The first analyzes the important role of posttraumatic stress disorder in admitting and resettling Iraqi refugees in the United States. The second examines the complex and changing geographies of immigration and belonging for communities of faith in the context of recent, rapid immigration and anti-immigrant legislation in the U.S. South.
Professor Ehrkamp is an exceptional teacher and academic advisor. She teaches across the curriculum, holds NSF grants with her graduate students, created a UK core course on Immigrant America, and has developed an online graduate certificate and Master’s Degree program in Applied Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Dr. Ehrkamp’s service to the university has helped to cultivate a more supportive and inclusive work environment to create spaces of belonging in which faculty and students can thrive. She has served her discipline as a NSF panelist on both Senior Competition Panels and Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Panels, as a member of the American Association of Geographer’s Grants Review Panel, and as a reviewer for interdisciplinary fellowships at the American Academy in Berlin and the Society of Women Geographers.
Dr. Patricia Ehrkamp has a record of outstanding research, effective teaching, and distinguished professional service. She is most deserving of the College of Arts and Sciences 2021-2022 Distinguished Professor Award. Join me in congratulating Professor Ehrkamp for her many accomplishments.
Christian M M Brady, DPhil (Oxon.)
College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of Ancient Hebrew and Jewish Literature
Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures
University of Kentucky