Kate Berry, PhD


Contact Information


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


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.

Class Materials

GEOG 200 World Regional Geography
GEOG 325 Research Methods
GEOG 400/600 International Issues for Water Development
GEOG 418/618 Geographic Thought
GEOG 438/638 Western Water Resources and Management
GEOG 460/660 Ethnic Geography
GEOG 464/664 Race, Gender, and the Environment
GEOG 476/676 Latin America
GEOG 700 History and Nature of Geography
GEOG 701 Graduate Seminars on various topics


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.