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Heather L Benson

Ph.D. student, Teaching assistant


Heather’s work focuses on the geographies of inclusion/exclusion for migrants and transnationals in the American West with a specific focus on Sikhs. She has authored and co-authored publications in the California Geographer and APCG’s Pacifica.

Heather has served on search committees for the College of Earth Sciences & Engineering, was the faculty-graduate student representative for the Department of Geography, and was the public outreach coordinator and president of the Geography Graduate Club at UNR. Additionally, Heather has served as the Northern California Student Representative, poster competition Uber Judge, and performed as a peer-reviewer for the California Geographical Society.

Prior to coming to UNR, Heather attended California State University, Stanislaus, where she received an interdisciplinary Masters of Science in geography, geospatial analysis, and anthropology. Her areas of expertise are in human geography, transnationalism and diaspora studies, spaces of religious identity, and ethnic geography of the American West. Heather aspires to continue her research on Sikhs while teaching at a college or university in the Western United States.

Research interests

Transnationalism and diaspora studies, geographies of inclusion/exclusion, spaces of religious identity, and ethnic geography of the American West.

Courses taught

GEOG106 - Introduction to Human Geography


  • M.S., Interdisciplinary Studies (Geography, Geospatial Analysis, Anthropology), California State University, Stanislaus, 2016
  • B.A., Geography, California State University, Stanislaus, 2010

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