Amber J. Bosse
Amber J. Bosse is a Ph.D. student in the University of Kentucky’s Department of Geography. As a pioneer of participatory action mapping (PAM), Amber combines the application and theory of public participatory GIS (PPGIS), critical cartography, and participatory action research (PAR) to facilitate community-driven mapping projects. In collaborations with more than a dozen grassroot organizations throughout the past four years, she has repeatedly observed how maps that ‘break all the rules’ of functional cartography can work to successfully gain the attention of local, state, and federal leaders. As such, her dissertation, most broadly, examines the history of cartographic design in an attempt to trace its disciplining and analyze the mechanisms through which legitimacy is granted through particular “aesthetics”. Amber is also a freelance cartographer; she has made maps for purposes ranging from historical tourism plaques and books to art and political campaigns.