Profile: Juliana A. Maantay

Juliana Maantay, Professor of Urban and Environmental Geography at Lehman College, City University of New York (CUNY), and Director of Lehman s Geographical Information Science (GISc) Program and Urban GISc Lab. Her research interests include using GISc for spatial analyses of environmental health justice issues; land use and health impacts; urban hazards and risk assessment; and community-based participatory research.

Juliana Astrud Maantay, a native of New York City, has had a life-long interest in the urban environment, especially that of her home-town. She considers herself very fortunate to have a job that allows her to combine this fascination of urban culture, history, and the built environment with her passion for social justice issues. Juliana earned a BSc from Cornell University, a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) from New York University, an MA in Environmental Geography/Geographic Information Systems from Hunter College/CUNY, and a PhD in Urban Environmental Geography from Rutgers University. Dr. Maantay has over 20 years experience as an urban and environmental planner and policy analyst with governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and private sector consulting firms, and has been active in environmental justice research and advocacy for more than 15 years. Her research on environmental health justice has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, Environmental Health Perspectives, Health and Place, and the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. Her book, GIS for the Urban Environment, was published in summer of 2006 by ESRI Press, and remains on Amazon’s top-10 list of GIS books. Her new book, Geospatial Analysis of Environmental Health, co-edited with Sara McLafferty, is scheduled to be published by Springer-Verlag in March, 2011. Dr. Maantay’s research is funded by NIEHS and NOAA as well as being supported by the City University of New York.

In addition to her primary duties, she is a faculty member in both the Earth and Environmental Sciences Doctoral Program at the CUNY Graduate Center, as well as in the Public Health Graduate Program. She is also a research scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration s Center of Remote Sensing Science and Technology at City College. She is starting a new Master’s program in GISc at Lehman College, with a specialization track in Health and Environmental Spatial Sciences. She anticipates that the program will begin accepting students in 2011.

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Updated: January 2011