Meet Our World-Class Faculty
In the Master of Science in Geospatial Technology* program at The University of Oklahoma, faculty lend their expertise in preparing students to leverage new technologies in diverse areas such as agriculture, ecology, public zoning, and financial services. Instructors' areas of expertise range from human and natural systems to landscape ecology and cartography, and sustainability modeling, providing students with the knowledge and technical skills to support governmental, environmental, business, and societal decision-making affecting the future of our planet.
Dedicated to enriching students’ intellectual environment, our industry-experienced and nationally recognized faculty are accomplished academic researchers and authors.
Our faculty bring real-world experience and insights into their classroom, some having worked as research scientists at government agencies and led NASA and NIH-funded research projects.
Our faculty come from diverse backgrounds and are passionate about supporting connections in the industry, giving you a head-start in transitioning from the classroom to the real-world.
Rebecca Cruise, Ph.D.
Dr. Rebecca Cruise’s expertise includes security studies and comparative politics addressing issues of international organizations, security community development, post-conflict resolution, political participation, and gender. An expert in her field, Dr. Cruise’s work has been published in the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and International Politics. She is the co-author of a book exploring international maritime security policy and is working on her forthcoming book, Eastern Efficacy: Female Political Participation in Post-Communist Europe. Dr. Cruise also served as a board member for the Vilakazi Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in South Africa.
Rachel Schwartz, Ph.D.
An accomplished researcher and educator, Dr. Rachel A. Schwartz focuses her research on the legacies of armed conflict, corruption, statebuilding, and human rights in Central America. Her upcoming book, Undermining the State from Within: The Institutional Legacies of Civil War in Central America, was based on her dissertation that was awarded the Gabriel A. Almond Award from the American Political Science Association. In the past, Dr. Schwartz worked at the Inter-American Dialogue, a think tank specializing in Western Hemisphere affairs where she coordinated Congressional outreach and programs on migration and citizen security in Mexico and Central America.
Bo Kong, Ph.D.
A subject-matter authority in his field, Dr. Bo Kong is a scholar of the political economy of energy in contemporary China. Dr. Kong’s current research focuses on the globalization of the Chinese energy industry and the role of the state in the globalization of capital. His articles have appeared in a variety of journals including the Journal of Contemporary China and the Review of International Political Economy and his public commentaries have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, US News, and CNBC, among other media outlets. He is also the author of, Modernization through Globalization: Why China Finances Foreign Energy Projects Worldwide and China’s International Petroleum Policy
*The full name of the degree program is online Master of Science in Geography and Environmental Sustainability with a concentration in Geospatial Technologies.