Dr. Jennifer Braswell Alford BIO
Title: Assistant Professor
College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Department: Geography and Environmental Studies
Phone (909) 537-7900
Office Hours: Fall 2017 MW 9:30-11am, 2-3pm or by appointment
B.A. Political Science, International Politics (Environmental Policy Focus)North Carolina State University 2003
M.A. Liberal Studies (Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Tourism Focus) The University of North Carolina at Greensboro 2005
Ph.D. Geography (Land Use and Water Quality Focus)The University of North Carolina at Greensboro 2014
Dr. Jennifer B. Alford is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at CSUSB. She grew up along the North Carolina coast where she developed a passion for conserving the unique natural resources and ecosystems of the Southeastern United States. Prior to joining the faculty at CSUSB, her endeavors included teaching at small liberal arts colleges and large regional universities, developing public-private partnerships, and working with stakeholders to implement comprehensive environmental programs and policies. In her free time, Dr. Alford enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and traveling domestically and abroad.
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, N.C. Ph.D. Geography, Department of Geography, August 2010-December 2014 4.0 GPA
Dissertation Title: Land-Use/Land-Cover and Water Quality in the Cape Fear River Basin: Spatial-Temporal Relationships
Independent Studies: Urban Form and the Natural Environment: Some Key Indicators; Land-Use: The Urban-Rural Continuum
Courses Completed: Natural Resource Geography, GIS Seminar, Research Methods and Design, Digital Image Processing of Coastal Wetlands, Soil and Watershed Processes, Advanced Spatial Analysis, History of Geographical Thought, Urban Planning, Regional Planning, Remote Sensing
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies: Focus: Environmental Policy and Conservation; Outdoor Recreation Stakeholder Theory, May 2005
Thesis Topic: Stakeholder Theory & Non-Motorized Boat Access to the Dan River in Stokes County, N.C.
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Concentration: International Politics with focus on International Environmental Policy, May 2003
GEOG 390 Environmental Sustainability in the 21st Century, GEOG 470 Hydrology and Water Resources Mgt, GEOG 300 Geography in the Elm and Middle School Classroom, GEOG 311 Dynamic Earth
Research and Teaching Interests
Dr. Alford’s teaching and research interests reflect her passion for understanding and illustrating the geospatial interplay between human activities and complex environmental systems. Her courses often include interactive learning experiences that assist students with gaining relevant real-world experiences through the lens of academic research and community partnerships. Dr. Alford’s most recent publication examines the spatial-temporal relationships between surface water impairments and human activities in the Cape Fear River Basin of North Carolina. Dr. Alford is very excited about expanding her teaching and research agendas to include the intricate issues surrounding water resources and environmental sustainability in the Southern California region.