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Helen Rosko

Helen Rosko, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Geography
Office: Herty, 1113
Phone: 912-478-8040

Academic Background

Ph.D., Clark University

  • Major: Geography

M.S., University of Tennessee-Knoxville

  • Major: Geography

B.A., College of Charleston

  • Major: Political Science
Dr. Helen Rosko


Dr. Rosko is a human-environment geographer whose research program is situated at the intersection of international and domestic development processes, climate change adaptation, and livelihoods (rural). Working with vulnerable populations in the Global South (sub-Saharan Africa) and the United States (the Southeast and Central Appalachia), Dr. Rosko employs a critical lens to understand how wider development processes are conceived, implemented, and intersect the everyday lives of individuals and communities. Her driving research goal is to better understand the individual, community, and institutional contexts of vulnerability, resilience, and adaptive capacity to explore practical pathways for more sustainable and just futures.


Dr. Rosko teaches human geography courses and especially those related to human-environment geographies. Her pedagogical motivation is to disrupt student knowledges, encouraging students to question what they know about various socio-environmental processes in the world (ontology) and how they know about them (epistemology). She welcomes all students, regardless of background, identity, or experience to her courses.

Currently teaching:

  • GEOG 1130: World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 5430: Political Geography


Peer reviewed

Neville, J., Guz, J., Rosko, H., Owens, M. (2022) Water Quality Inequality: A non- Targeted Hotspot Analysis for Ambient Water Quality Injustices. Hydrological Sciences Journal.

Carr, E.R., Goble, R, Rosko, H.M, Vaughan, C.; and Hansen, J.W. (2020). Identifying Climate Information Services Users and their Needs in sub-Saharan Africa: A Learning Agenda. Climate and Development.

Owusu-Daaku, K.N. and Rosko H.M. (2021). The Discursive Construction of Adaptation Subjects via the Ada Sea Defense System in the Volta River Delta of Ghana. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.

Rosko, H.M. (2017). Drinking and (Re)making Place: Commercial Moonshine as Place-making in East Tennessee. Southeastern Geographer, 57(4), 351-370.

Kalafsky, R.V. and Rosko, H.M. (2016). Applying geography course projects to issues in city resilience and global connectivity. Journal of Geography.

Non-peer reviewed

Rosko, H.M. (2021). Qualitative Data Management with MAXQDA- Climate Change Adaptation Research Example [Web blog post]. Retrieved from

Rosko, H.M. (2019). Distilling Commercial Moonshine in East Tennessee: Mashing a New Type of Tourism. C.D. Lippard & B.E. Stewart (Eds.), Modern Moonshine: The Resurrection of White Whiskey in the Twenty-first Century. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press.

Carr, E.R., Rosko, H. M., Goble, R., Vaughan, C., Hansen, J.W. (2017). Identifying Climate Information Services Users and their Needs in sub-Saharan Africa: A Learning Agenda. A Learning Agenda on Climate Information Services in sub-Saharan Africa. Washington, DC: USAID.

Carr, E.R., Onzere, S.N., Kalala, T., Owusu-Daaku K.N., and Rosko, H.M. (2015) Assessing Mali’s l’Agence Nationale de la Météorologie’s (Mali Meteo) Agrometeorological Advisory Program: Final Report on the Farmer Use of Advisories and Implications for Climate Service Design. Washington, DC: USAID. 167pp.

Last updated: 11/16/2022