2011 AAG Honors Recipients Citation
(AAG Newsletter, February 2011, p.6)
Mei-Po Kwan, Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Ohio State University,
will receive AAG Distinguished Scholarship Honors in recognition of her pioneering scholarship in
spatial behavior studies that fuse quantitative and qualitative methods from transportation geography,
critical social theory, feminist geography, and geographic information science. Her work enriches these
specialty areas with hybrid mixed method approaches to gain a deeper understanding of the space-time
constraints in shaping the geographies of everyday life, and the impacts of information and communication
technologies on urban forms, urban travel, and spatial interaction. Kwan incorporates feminist/critical
epistemologies into GIS methodology to link macro geographies, local context, and gender perspectives.
Her innovative research extends beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries and pushes for interdisciplinarity
and geographies of health that integrate spatial behavior into the study of population and health. Professor
Kwan’s role as Editor of the Annals of the AAG (Methods, Models, and Geographic Information Science
Section) has significantly elevated the quality and quantity of publications in these subject areas.
The breadth and depth of her scholarship has helped to substantially transform geographic research and
the reputation of our discipline, and her outstanding scholarship has exemplified the ideas of significant
and distinguished scholarship in geography.