Professor Paul Robbins, Ph.D.

Professor Paul Robbins
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Clark University
If we look back on the history of cartography, we can gain fascinating insights into some very different cultures by looking at the maps they’ve left behind.

Professor Paul Robbins is the Director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from UW–Madison, and a master’s degree and a doctorate in Geography from Clark University. An award-winning professor, he previously led the School of Geography and Development at The University of Arizona, and he has also taught at The Ohio State University.

Professor Robbins has years of experience as a geographic researcher and educator, specializing in human interactions with nature and the politics of natural resource management. He has taught topics ranging from environmental studies and natural resource policy to social theory. His research addresses questions spanning conservation conflicts, urban ecology, and environment and health interactions. He has done extensive fieldwork in rural India, as well as a range of research in the American Southwest, Yellowstone National Park, and elsewhere.

He is the author of numerous books and articles, including the foundational textbook Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction and the award-winning Lawn People: How Grasses, Weeds, and Chemicals Make Us Who We Are. Professor Robbins has been interviewed by numerous media organizations, including The New York Times, and has been a guest on national radio and television programs, including National Public Radio’s Science Friday.

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"Professor Robins is a fantastic lecturer. The course was well structured and the lectures were presented in an absolutely fascinating fashion, and the Professor’s sense of humor served to animate the lectures and bring a lighter touch to them."

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7 Courses and Sets

  1. Understanding Cultural and Human Geography Sale

    Understanding Cultural and Human Geography

    Paul Robbins
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    Save up to $220.00 Starting at $24.95 $269.95 $24.95$269.95
    The community where you live, the food you eat, and the people you know are all part of a global chain of connections. In Understanding Cultural and Human Geography, go on an unparalleled interdisciplinary voyage. You’ll see how our environment influences human life, and vice versa. When you complete this course, you’ll have the tools to look beyond the headlines and analyze world events in a whole new way.
  2. (Set) Language and Society & Understanding Cultural and Human Geography Set

    (Set) Language and Society & Understanding Cultural and Human Geography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Gain an appreciation of other cultures with this set. First, see how the words that you speak influence the way that you are perceived in society. Then, explore the fascinating interaction between human cultures and the places we call home.
  3. (Set) Understanding Cultural and Human Geography & How the Earth Works Set

    (Set) Understanding Cultural and Human Geography & How the Earth Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    Go on an astonishing journey through time and space with this set. In How the Earth Works, look at what went into making our planet—from the big bang, to the gradual evolution into today's Earth. Then, in Understanding Cultural and Human Geography, follow that process from the point of view of humans and the communities we created across the globe.
  4. (Set) A New History of Life & Understanding Cultural and Human Geography Set

    (Set) A New History of Life & Understanding Cultural and Human Geography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
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  5. (Set) Understanding Cultural and Human Geography & The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular Sites Set

    (Set) Understanding Cultural and Human Geography & The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular Sites

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Explore the most stunning locations on Earth in this two-course set. In The World's Greatest Geological Wonders, travel around the globe from the comfort of your own home and visit the most beautiful places on Earth. Then, in Understanding Cultural and Human Geography, delve into how people and their communities affected the natural places around them.
  6. (Set) Anthropology and the Study of Humanity & Understanding Cultural and Human Geography Set on sale

    (Set) Anthropology and the Study of Humanity & Understanding Cultural and Human Geography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $442.00 Starting at $44.90 $539.90 $44.90$539.90
    Travel across time and space to learn the full story of humanity—and what connects us in all our diversity today with this two-course set. Find out where we came from with Anthropology and the Study of Humanity. Then, survey the geographical context for human activity with Understanding Cultural and Human Geography.
  7. (Set) Understanding Cultural and Human Geography & Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are Set

    (Set) Understanding Cultural and Human Geography & Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Get a deeper understanding of people and cultures in this two-course set. In Understanding Cultural and Human Geography, explore the ways that humans have affected the world around them. Then, in Customs of the World, learn about the different types of cultures and the ways that you can successfully interact with people when you travel.