Geographer Don Mitchell receives Swedish Society medal

Posted on November 30th, 2012 by

Post adapted from the November 2012 AAG Newsletter.

Don Mitchell (second from right) receives the Anders Retzius Medal in Gold from King Gustaf of Sweden (fourth from right).

Don Mitchell, Maxwell Distinguished Professor of Geography at Syracuse University, recently received the prestigious Anders Retzius Medal in Gold from the Swedish Society of Anthropology and Geography (SSAG). The award was presented to Mitchell by His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden on Vega Day, which celebrates geography and exploration.

The SSAG recognized Mitchell as an “internationally distinguished human geographer, influential within historical landscape geography as well as urban, social and cultural geography. His research impressively unites fieldwork, critical analyses of historical sources and theoretical development. His publications on place and landscape build upon a strong geographical tradition which he has skillfully elevated to a critical, committed and vital voice in contemporary societal development. Don Mitchell is thus a major inspiration for young geographers and a highly respected ambassador for the discipline within critical social science.”

A sample of Mitchell’s work is available at the website for The People’s Geography Project.


One Comment

  1. Kristina Hisey says:

    Now there’s a face from the past. I was one of Don’s Teaching Assistants when I was doing my MA at Boulder.