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Dr. Grant Saff Elected as Treasurer of Association of American Geographers

Dr. Grant Saff, Chair of Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences department of Global Studies and Geography

Hofstra Professor elected as Treasurer of world’s largest academic geography association

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY – At the recent  Association of American Geographers Board meeting in Los Angeles,  Grant Saff was elected to the office of Treasurer of the Association.   His term will begin this July, and as Treasurer, he is now a member of AAG’s six-person Executive Committee. Additionally, he will continue in his role as Regional Councilor of the AAG’s Middle States Division.  In both capacities, he serves on the Governing Council of the AAG.

Dr. Saff commented “It is a great honor to serve the AAG, and I feel that my election to the board, validates the increasing profile of the Hofstra Geography program, and the hard work we have put in to growing our enrollments. It is especially commendable that the AAG provides a platform on the Governing Council to hear about the concerns of moderate sized undergraduate institutions like ours.” He noted that the study of geography has shown rapid growth in the past decade. . “It is not coincidental that this year the Geography Program will graduate our largest class ever.”

With almost 11,000 members, the AAG is the world’s largest academic geography association. Since its founding in 1904, the AAG has contributed to the advancement of geography. Its members from more than 60 countries share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which they cultivate through the AAG’s Annual Meeting, two scholarly journals (Annals of the Association of American Geographers andThe Professional Geographer), and the monthly AAG Newsletter. The AAG promotes discussion among its members and with scholars in related fields, in part through the activities of its affinity groups and more than 60 specialty groups. (

Dr. Saff has degrees in  Economic History and History (BA) from the University of Cape Town,  African Studies (BA, Honors), and Secondary Education (HDE), from the same institution,. He completed an MSc in Development Planning from the school of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand, and Urban Planning and Policy (PhD), from the Bloustein School of Planning and Policy at Rutgers University. In the latter case, his dissertation was awarded the Barclay Gibbs Jones Award, as the best planning dissertation at an accredited program, by the American Collegiate Schools of Planning. This dissertation was later developed into a book, Changing Cape Town: Urban Dynamics, Policy and Planning during the Political Transition in South Africa (1998).

Dr. Saff’s research on desegregation and residential exclusion (in South Africa and the US) has been extensively published in journals such as the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Professional Geographer, Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Affairs Review and SAFUNDI. One of his articles was recently reprinted as part of a collection of the most important geographical research in political geography (Political Geography: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences).  In the last ten years the main focus of his research has been on urban and economic issues in the US. Of particular interest has been how the shift from manufacturing to services has changed the economic and social fabric of various suburbs in New Jersey and Long Island. He has also looked at immigration and exclusion in suburban Long Island and New Jersey. Recently, he was a visiting scholar at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies, Hainan, China, where he was part of a research team on planning and economic strategies for the sustainable economic development of the Province.


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