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Meet the Authors
Introducing Geography News Network. Global culture, science, history and political stories have become a key component of Maps101 through weekly stories and associated lesson plans. This year sees the addition of 5 brand new authors bringing engaging stories from a range of perspectives.
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Becky Sicking

image6Becky Sicking has had a 14-year career as an editor and academic designer for McGraw-Hill Education, one of the top education publishers in the industry. Her area of expertise is middle school social studies where she recently spearheaded the digital development of a national world geography program. She has written numerous skills-based activities for an online resource library, and she frequently contributed articles based on current events for the publisher’s online social studies blog. Other subjects she has written about in her career include world history, U.S. history, and economics.

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Martin W. Lewis, Ph.D

image7Martin W. Lewis is a senior lecturer in the Department of History at Stanford University, where he teaches global historical and regional geography, contemporary geopolitics, and the history of Southeast Asia. He received a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1979, and a Ph.D in geography from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987. His recent research focuses on the history of geographical ideas, especially those pertaining to the division of the world.

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Seth Dixon, Ph.D & Julie Dixon

image6 Seth is a geography professor at Rhode Island College within the Political Science Department and in the past has worked in the Department of Educational Studies where he supervised social studies student teachers in the public educational system. He curates online resources on a site titled Geography Education which is designed to share news articles, videos and other resources that to teach geography in the classroom. Julie has continued to express her love of geography through her travels and writing.

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Scott G. Wilson

image7For 30 years Scott taught Social Studies and English in DeKalb County, Georgia where he was both National Board Certified and Georgia Master Teacher Certified. During his teaching career, Scott spent all of his free time traveling. He has explored 77 countries on six continents. After retiring from teaching in 2010, Scott joined the United States Peace Corps and served for 27 months as an English teacher in the desert near the Syrian border in Jordan. While there he fell in love and married a professor from nearby Al al-Bayt University. He and his new bride, Dr. Jomana Al Shdefat, are currently living in Atlanta.

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Asya Pereltsvaig, Ph.D

image6Asya Pereltsvaig has trained as a professional linguist. After receiving a BA in English and the Humanities from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD in Linguistics from McGill University (Montreal), she taught at Yale, Cornell and several European universities. She has then settled in the Bay Area, where she now teaches at Stanford’s Linguistics Department and the Continuing Studies Program. Asya has written extensively on the world’s languages and the peoples who speak them. Her recent textbook Languages of the World: An Introduction, published by Cambridge University Press, has become a bestseller in the field.

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