DeWitt Wallace Professor of Geography
Political ecology, tropical agriculture, environment and development policy, and livelihood security

Carnegie Hall, 104d

Curriculum Vitae

I am a human-environment and development geographer teaching courses on: introductory human geography; people, agriculture and the environment; Africa; development and underdevelopment; and a senior seminar on environment and development studies. In most of my courses I try to accomplish at least three goals: 1) to hone students’ skills as critical thinkers via reading, discussion and writing; 2) to foster geographic thinking and analysis through careful examination of spatial patterns of human processes, human-environment interactions, and connections between places and regions; and 3) to stimulate greater interest in understanding the world geographically. I am particularly concerned that my students be exposed to a variety of view points on any given issue, that they learn to analyze and deconstruct these view points, and that they go on to engage key questions and construct compelling arguments of their own.

I have research interests in political ecology, tropical agriculture, environment and development policy, and livelihood security. Most of my fieldwork has been undertaken in West and Southern Africa. My research over the past several years has fallen into three general categories: 1) analysis of the interaction between broader scale political economy and local human-environment interactions (or political ecology); 2) livelihood security, famine early warning and hunger; and 3) the environmental dimensions of modern and traditional agriculture. I also have ten years of practical experience in the field of international development as a project manager and policy analyst for organizations such as Save the Children (UK), The World Bank Environment Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Peace Corps. Much of this on-the-ground policy and program experience informs my research and teaching. As I do have an interest in real world policy, one of my hobbies is writing op-eds and articles for the popular press.

Bill Moseley talks about food–organic versus local, big agricultural farms versus small farms, the global food crisis and how the consumer plays a role in all of it. listen»

Professor Bill Moseley talks about his previous work in international development and his current research. listen»

Professor Moseley has led study abroad programs for Macalester in South Africa and Botswana.

  1. Macalester-Swarthmore-Pomona South Africa Study Abroad Program in Cape Town.  “Poverty, development, multiracial politics, a breathtaking natural environment: they all come together in a unique study abroad program that seeks to prepare students for global citizenship.” [From Macalester Today Summer 2006]
  2. ACM Botswana’s University Immersion in Southern Africa Program. [Details]

SELECTED WORKS OF WILLIAM G. MOSELEY in the Macalester Digital Commons

Also, check out Al jazeera – English where Bill Moseley writes a monthly column/blog on agriculture, the environment and development (

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How Does One Become a Geographer?

Faces: A Case for Academia


  • GEOG 113:  World Regional Geography: People, Places and Globalization
  • GEOG 232:  People, Agriculture & the Environment (same as ENVI 232)
  • GEOG 243: Geography of Africa: Local Resources and Livelihoods in a Global Context
  • GEOG 363: The Geography of Development and Underdevelopment
  • GEOG 477: Comparative Environment and Development Studies: A Seminar in Cultural and Political Ecology (same as ENVI 477)
  • UNIVERSITY of CAPE TOWN EGS4034Z:  Globalization and the Natural Environment: Cape Town
  • UNIVERSITY of BOTSWANA ENV 320:  Botswana’s Environment

Links for Geography course syllabi can be found on our Course Syllabi page.