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About Amy E. Potter

Amy E. Potter has a Ph.D. in Geography from Louisiana State University, an M.A. in Geography and a B.S. in Journalism both from the University of Kansas. She is an Assistant Professor in Geography in the Department of Geology and Geography at Georgia Southern University in Savannah, Georgia.

Her primary research interests center on the Caribbean (particularly Barbuda) and the U.S. South.

Her dissertation entitled Transnational Spaces and Communal Land Tenure in a Caribbean Place: “Barbuda is for Barbudans” focused on the intricate connections between transnational migration and land tenure on the island of Barbuda. For this work, she received Honorable Mention for the Louisiana State University Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation Award.  She has since continued to build on her dissertation work, shifting to larger concerns of climate change in a collaborative capacity with ongoing fieldwork with colleagues from Brooklyn College, New York and community scholars on Barbuda.

Potter is also now part of a larger collaborative team (Dr. David Butler, University of Southern Mississippi; Dr. Derek Alderman, University of Tennessee; Dr. Steve Hanna, University of Mary Washington; Dr. Perry Carter, Texas Tech University; and Dr. Arnold Modlin, Norfolk State University) that was awarded a National Science Foundation Grant in July 2014 entitled “Transformation of American Southern Commemorative Landscapes,” that will compare three major plantation regions including the Lowcountry area of coastal Georgia and South Carolina, the James River area in Virginia and the River Road District in southern Louisiana.


2018 - Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University Science and Mathematics, College of
Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University Geology and Geography, Department of
2013 - 2017 Assistant Professor, Department of History, Armstrong State University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Fellowship, Evelyn L. Pruitt Graduate Assistantship (2006-2009)
  • Hubert G.H. Wilhelm Student Researcher Award for "There's No Place Like Home: Rebuilding Community in the Lower Ninth Ward," Pioneer America Society (2009)
  • Unsung Hero Award, Louisiana State University (2010)
  • LSU Differtation Writing Fellowship, Louisiana State University (2010-2011)
  • Brockmeier Award, Armstrong State University (2016)


  • Tourism Geography (GEOG 5860)
  • Environmental Geography (GEOG 5530)
  • Geographic Information Systems (GEOG 3112)
  • Physical Geography (GEOG 3111)
  • Cultural Geography (GEOG 2120)
  • World Regional Geography (GEOG 1100)


2011 Ph.D. in Geography, Louisiana State University
2006 M.A. in Geography, University of Kansas
2004 B.S. in Journalism, University of Kansas

Contact Information

Georgia Southern University - Armstrong Campus
P.O. Box 8149
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 478-5361
Office: Hawes Hall 109C


Books (1)

Book Chapters (5)

Peer Reviewed Articles (10)

Peer Reviewed Educational Materials (1)

Non-Peer Reviewed (3)

Book Reviews (2)

Invited Talks, Lectures and Presentations (5)