Kate Berry

Dr. Kate A. Berry

University of Nevada, Reno/Mail Stop 0154
Department of Geography Mackay Science Rm. 302
Reno, NV 89557-0154

(775) 784-6344
Fax: (775) 784-1058
Email: kberry@unr.edu


Research Statement

Dr. Berry works within the geographic tradition of human-environment interactions. She has experience in the analysis of water policy, with an emphasis on research about intergovernmental relations in water conflicts and examinations of the cultural and political dimensions of water conflicts and policy. She has worked extensively on indigenous resources issues, including tribal and Native Hawaiian water issues. Her projects have also focused on other contemporary indigenous issues as well as geographic dimensions of race, ethnicity, and indigenousness. She employs a variety of methods in her projects, including textual and visual analyses of contemporary and historical records; field methods; interviews and surveys; and both qualitative and quantitative analytical methods. She has worked in the western U.S, Latin America, and the Pacific.

Research Areas of Interest

Analysis of water law and intergovernmental relations in water conflicts; cultural politics of water issues; indigenous geographies; ethnic geographies.

Dr. Berry is a former president of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers.

Professional Preparation

Northern Arizona University - Forestry & Natural Resources B.S. 1980
Colorado State University - Watershed Management M.S. 1985
University of Colorado, Boulder - Geography Ph.D. 1993

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

Kate A. Berry and Eric Mollard, editors (2010) Social Participation in Water Management and Governance: Critical and Global Perspectives, Earthscan Publishers.

Kate A. Berry (2009) “Social Risks of Environmental Crises: Implications of Drought in North America,” book chapter in Social Cohesion in Europe and the Americas: Power, Time and Space, Series on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion, edited by Harlan Koff, Brussels, Belgium: Presses Interuniversitaires Européennes/Peter Lang Pub., pp 169-181.

Kate A. Berry (2009) “Fleeting Fame and Groundwater: Isolation and Water in Kings River Valley, Nevada,” Water History 1:59-74.

Kate A. Berry (2008) guest editor of special issue on “Mainstreaming Indigenous Geography,” American Indian Culture & Research Journal volume 32, issue 3.