Program Contacts

Program Administration

Policy and academic issues are the responsibility of the Graduate Affairs Committee (GAC) which reports to Department Council. The GAC consists of the Graduate Chair, three faculty members, and two graduate student members elected by the Geograd Society. 

Jeff Hopkins
- Graduate Chair

Jeff Hopkins

Position: Associate Professor
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85027
Office: SSC 2423

Research Interests
Cultural geography, gender, public places

Current Research
My research interests as a cultural geographer span issues of urban-social culture (public places), politics of identities (new immigrants, genders, masculinities), and symbolic landscapes of various media (advertising, film). I am willing to discuss graduate research ideas and opportunities with both prospective MA and PhD students.

Teaching Interests
Social Geography; Urban Culture; Cultural Geography; Geography of Gender; Advanced Cultural Geography

Lori Johnson
Position: Graduate Administrator
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85033
Office: SSC 2322

Other Program Contacts

The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS)

The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies sets policy and helps administer all graduate programs on campus. They are the source for university-wide regulations about things like thesis committees, thesis defenses, thesis submission deadlines, and thesis format.

Geograd Society

Graduate students are represented in the Department by the Geograd Society. The Geograd Society is responsible for informal social functions and some academic functions (e.g., Speaker Series, Geography Fall Student Conference) in the Graduate Program and Department. The Geograd Society elects officers each year, including members on Departmental Standing Committees: i.e., two members to the Graduate Affairs Committee, and one member to Department Council. The Geograd Society also elects departmental representatives to SOGS and the TA Union. 


Graduate students are represented on campus by the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS). They administer health/dental benefits, and provide financial programs and scholarships, as well as advocacy.

Graduate Teaching Assistants Union

The Graduate Teaching Assistants Union provides support and advocacy for all Teaching Assistants. You can also find the TA Collective Agreement here.

International Student Services

International Student Services provides information and support for graduate and undergraduate international students.