Sya Kedzior

Associate Professor


Contact Information

College of Liberal Arts,
Room 2334


Ph.D., 2011, Department of Geography,
University of Kentucky,
Dissertation: Pollution Knowledge and
Urban Water Politics in the Ganges River
Basin, India.

M.A., 2006, Department of Geography,
University of Kentucky,
Thesis: A Political Ecology of the Chipko

B.A., 2000, Double Major: Integrated Studies-Global Social & Environmental Systems and Liberal Studies,
California State University at Monterey Bay

Areas of Expertise

River cleanup and environmental awareness in the Ganges River Basin, India

Social meaning of water

Using public awareness to address pollution problems

Selected Publications

2013   Kedzior, S.B. “Is environmental awareness the key to changing resource use and political activity? Exploring failed efforts to clean India’s Ganges River”. The Pennsylvania Geographer, 51 (1): 42-72.

2006   Kedzior, S.B. “From Method to Movement: A Chipko Story”. Indian Geographical Journal, 80 (1): 45-56.

In Print Kedzior, S.B. "Pollution and the Renegotiation of River Goddess Worship and Water Use Practices among Hindu Devotees of India's Ganges/Ganga River". In The Changing World Religion Map: Sacred Places, Identities, Practices and Politics, edited by Stanley D. Brunn. Springer.


  • 2014 Meritorious Service Award, Society of Woman Geographers
  • 2012 Graduate Student Paper Award, Asian Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers
  • 2006 A.K. Chakravarti Student Paper Competition Award, Regional Development and Planning and Asian Geography and Specialty Groups, Association of American Geographers

Professional Service

  • 2013-Present, Executive Council Member, The Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS)
  • 2013-2014, Secretary/Treasurer, Asian Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (AGSG-AAG)
  • 2012- Present, Member, Asian Studies Advisory Committee, Towson University
  • 2012-2014, Board Member, Technical Committee of the Geographic Perspectives on Women (GPOW) Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG)