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About Rebecca (Krishnaswami) Johns

Dr. Rebecca Johns received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Stanford University; the Master of Science degree in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Ph.D. in Geography from Rutgers University in 1994. Her research interests include human perceptions of nature; nature-society relationships; and the commodification of nature through neoliberalism. Current work focuses on the implementation of ecologically friendly landscaping practices in Florida, including perceptions of landscapes, barriers to implementation of “Florida Friendly Landscaping” principles and community efforts to transform the landscape. Other current research focuses on the creation of “moral schizophrenia” in human attitudes toward animals, as manifest in various arenas including spatial variations in animal welfare laws such as prohibitions on dog-fighting and in the incidence of compassion fatigue among animal welfare workers. Older research focuses primarily on spatial characteristics of labor organizing and the globalization of class struggle.


Present Associate Professor, University of South Florida


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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award 2000/01, University of South Florida
  • The Knapp Fellowship for Graduate Study, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 9/86-6/87.
  • The Marion Johnson Fellowship for Graduate Study, Rutgers University, New Jersey, 9/88-6/93.


  • Senior Colloquium in Geography
  • Qualitative Methods for the Social Sciences
  • Exploring Cultural Diversity
  • Seminar in Political Geography: The Crisis of the Nation-State
  • Seminar in Perspectives in Environmental Thought
  • Honors Seminar in Environmental Thought
  • Regional Geography of South Asia
  • Advanced Urban Geography
  • Urban Geography
  • Global Conservation
  • Cultural Geography
  • Economic Geography: World Development
  • Political Geography of the United States
  • Human Geography
  • Medical Geography
  • World Regional Geography
  • Senior Seminar in the Social Sciences
  • Introduction to Social Science


Ph.D., Rutgers University ‐ Geography
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison ‐ Geography
B.A., Stanford University ‐ Anthropology

Contact Information

Office: DAV 269
Phone: 727-873-4556


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