Visiting Adjunct Associate Professor
Michigan State University

Antoinette WinklerPrins, Ph.D.
Director for Environmental Studies
Johns Hopkins University
1717 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Room 104T
Washington D.C. 20036

Curriculum Vitae


Courses Taught


Amazon Dark Earths

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Research Interests

My research interests sit at the intersection of human and physical geography. My training at the undergraduate level was in urban geography, but at the Ph.D. level gravitated more toward physical, especially soil geography and geomorphology. My minor was soil science (pedology). I describe myself as a cultural/ political/historical ecologist working on issues of landscape transformation and changing livelihoods. I am most interested in how people have and continue to transform their landscapes as they continually adapt and adjust both themselves and their environment to changing socio-economic circumstances.

Examples of research projects:


Background Narrative

My interests in geography began at a young age. As the daughter of a Dutch foreign service diplomat with parents living in different corners of the world, I spent much of my youth staring out of airplane windows wondering about the patterns below. I was lucky enough to attend British and Canadian schools were geography was taken seriously. The walls in my girlhood room were covered with National Geographic maps.

I graduated from the United Nations International School in NYC, having completed extensive IB credit in anthropology and biology (ironically that school did not offer geography!). At the University of Michigan I was one of the last Geography majors in 1983. I proceeded immediately to Urban Planning, obtaining a M.U.P. in 1985 with a specialization in International Development. After graduating in 1985 I tried out the real world and worked a number of jobs, including being the Bicycle Coordinator for the City of Ann Arbor, an Associate at Community Systems Foundation, a Regional Planner in Connecticut, and a manager of a Williams-Sonoma store. After a cross-country bicycle trip in 1989, I recommitted to the academy and have been there since.

I chose the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and proceeded with coursework for a master's and then a Ph.D. in Geography with a minor in Soil Science. My dissertation was completed in 1999 under Karl S. Zimmerer and is entitled, Between the Floods: Soils and Agriculture on the Lower Amazon Floodplain, Brazil.

In January 2007, I became a naturalized U.S. citizen.




Current Graduate Students

Jess WinansM.S.

Jess Winans
Place-based education in Michigan.

Jess is the Director for eLearning at the University of Montana Western.


Former Graduate Students


Gary SchnakenbergGary Schnakenberg
"What is a Farm? Agriculture, Discourse, and Producing Landscapes in St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica."

Gary is now the Undergraduate Advisor and an Instructor in the Department of Geography at Michigan State University.

Courtney GallaharCourtney Gallahar
“Livelhihoods, Food Security and Environmental Risk: Sack Gardening in the Kibera Slums of Nairobi, Kenya.”

Courtney is now an Assistant Professor of Geography and Women's Studies at Northern Illinois University.

Bilal Butt and Dr. Antoinette WinkerPrinsBilal Butt - Completed 12/07
"Grazing on the Edge: Competition, Conflict and Socio-Ecological Complexity in Pastoralist Herding Strategies around the Maasai Mara National Game Reserve, Kenya."

Bilal is now an Assistant Professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Michigan.


Trilby MacDonaldTrilby (MacDonald) Becker - Completed 12/09
"Urban-rural migration, livelihood change, and cultural identity among smallholder populations in Western Pará, Brazil."

Trilby is now a farmer near Ann Arbor, MI, and runs a Community Supported Agriculture(CSA) farmshare.


Meleia Egger - Completed 5/07
"The Role of Community Gardens in Maintaining and Enhancing Social Capital, Lansing, Michigan."

Meleia is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Malawi) and now works as a Peace Corps Recruiter for the Mid-Atlantic Region and is based Washington, DC.


Jess (Kidder) LaPorte - Completed 12/06
"The Existence of Difference in Participation between Residents and Non-Residents in Community Recycling Programs on Northern Michigan Tourist Islands."

Jess is now the Chief Creative Officer at Felt Earth Farm in Montpelier, Vermont.




De Blij, H.J., P.O. Muller, J. Nijman and A.M.G.A. WinklerPrins.  2011. The World Today: Concepts and Regions in Geography, 5th edition.  Wiley Publishers: Hoboken. 

Image: Book cover for The World TodayDe Blij, H.J., P.O. Muller and A.M.G.A. WinklerPrins. 2009. The World Today: Concepts and Regions in Geography, 4th edition. Wiley Publishers: New York.

Image: Book cover for Amzonian Dark EarthsWoods, W.I., W.G. Teixeira. J. Lehmann, C. Steiner, A.M.G.A. WinklerPrins, and L. Rebellato (eds.). 2009. Amazonian Dark Earths: Wim Sombroek's Vision. Springer: Dordrecht.

Articles and Chapters:

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Gallaher, C.M., D. Mwaniki, M. Njenga, N.K. Karanja, and A.M.G.A. WinklerPrins. 2013. Real or Perceived: The Environmental Health Risks of Urban Sack Gardening in Kibera Slums of Nairobi, Kenya. EcoHealth, 10: 9-20.

Gallaher, C.M., M. Njenga, N.K. Karanja, and A.M.G.A. WinklerPrins. 2013. Urban Agriculture and Household Food Security in the Kibera Slums, Nairobi, Kenya. Agriculture and Human Values, 30:389–404.

Carton de Grammont, P., G. Bocco, A. Córdova and A.M.G.A. WinklerPrins. 2011. La Conservación de la Biodiversidad: Un Campo de Integración para la Geografía. Interciencia, 36(8): 630-636.

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. and P.S. de Souza. 2010. The Diversity and Circulation of Plants in Urban Homegardens, Santarém, Pará, Brazil. Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi – Ciências Humanas, 5(3): 493-507.

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. and S.P. Aldrich. 2010. Locating Amazon Dark Earths: Creating an interactive GIS of known locations. Journal of Latin American Geography, 9(3): 33-50.

Butt, B., A. Shortridge, and A.M.G.A. WinklerPrins. 2009. Pastoral Herd Management, Drought Coping Strategies, and Cattle Mobility around the Maasai National Reserve, Kenya. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 99(2): 309-334.

Clement, C.R.; Klüppel, M.P.; German, L.A.; Almeida, S.S.; Major, J., Aragão, L.E.O.C.; Guix, J.C.; Lleras, E.; WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A.; Hecht, S.B.; McCann, J.M. 2009. Diversidade vegetal em solos antrópicos da Amazônia. In As Terras Pretas de Índio da Amazônia -- Sua Caracterização e Uso Deste Conhecimento na Criação de Novas Áreas W.G. Teixeira, D.C. Kern, B.E. Madari, H.N. Lima, e W.I. Woods (eds.), pp. 147-161. Manaus: Embrapa Amazônia Ocidental.

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. 2009. Sweep and char and the creation of Amazonian Dark Earths in homegardens. In Amazonian Dark Earths: Wim Sombroek's Vision, W.I. Woods, W. Teixeira, J. Lehmann, C. Steiner, and A.M.G.A. WinklerPrins, and L. Rebellato (eds.), pp. 205-211. Dordrecht: Springer Publishers.

Schlemper, E. and A.M.G.A. WinklerPrins. 2008. Balancing Personal and Professional Lives. In Aspiring Academics: A Resource Book for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty, eds. M. Solem, J. Monk and K. Foote, pp. 42-51. Washington DC: AAG Resource Publication.

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. and E. Barrios. 2007. Ethnopedology along the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers: A Convergence of Knowledge and Practice. Revista Geográfica. 142 (Julio-Diciembre): 111-129.

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A., B.N. Weisenborn, A.F. Arbogast, and R.E. Groop. 2007. Developing Online Geography Courses Expericences from Michigan State University. Journal of Geography 106: 1-8.

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. 2006. Urban House-Lot Gardens and Agrodiversity in Santarém, Pará, Brazil: Spaces of Conservation that link Urban with Rural. In Globalization and New Geographies of Conservation, K.S. Zimmerer, ed., pp. 121-140. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Sandor, J.A., A.M.G.A. WinklerPrins, N. Barrera-Bassols, and J.A. Zinck. 2006. Soil Knowledge Among the World’s Cultures. In Footprints in the Soil: People and Ideas in Soil History. B. Warkentin, ed., pp. 43-84. Amsterdam: Elsevier Publishers.

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. 2005. Jute Cultivation in the Lower Amazon, 1940-1990: An Ethnographic Account from Santarém, Pará, Brazil. Journal of Historical Geography Vol. 32: 818-838.

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. and P.S. de Souza. 2005. Surviving the City: Urban Homegardens and the Economy of Affection in the Brazilian Amazon. Journal of Latin American Geography 4(1): 103-122.

Hupy, C.M. and A.M.G.A. WinklerPrins. 2005. The Historical Political Ecology of Logging in Lower Michigan. The Great Lakes Geographer 12(1): 26-42.

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. and N. Barrera-Bassols. 2004. Latin American Ethnopedology: A Vision of its Past, Present and Future. Agriculture and Human Values. 21: 35-52

Myers, T.P, W.M. Denevan, A.M.G.A. WinklerPrins and A. Porro. 2003. Historical Perspectives on Amazonian Dark Earths. In Amazonian Dark Earths: Origin, Properties, Management, J. Lehmann, D.C. Kern, B. Glaser, and W.I. Woods, eds. pp 15-28. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers

Raffles, H. and A.M.G.A. WinklerPrins. 2003. Further Reflections on Amazonian Environmental History: Transformations of Rivers and Streams. Latin American Research Review 38(3): 165-187

Murrieta, R.S.S. and A. M. G. A. WinklerPrins. 2003. Flowers of Water: Homegardens and Gender Roles in a Riverine Caboclo Community in the Lower Amazon, Brazil, Culture & Agriculture 25(1): 35-47

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. and J.A. Sandor. 2003. Local Soil Knowledge: Insights, Applications and Challenges (Preface). Geoderma. 111 (3-4): 165-170

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. 2002. Seasonal Floodplain-Upland Migration Along the Lower Amazon River, The Geographical Review. 92(3): 415-431.

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. 2002. House-lot Gradens in Santarem, Para, Brazil: Linking Rural with Urban, Urban Ecosystems 6(1-2): 43-65.

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. 2001. Why Context Matters: Local Soil Knowledge and Management among an Indigenous Peasantry on the Lower Amazon Floodplain, Brazil, Etnoecológica 5(7): 6-20.

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. 1999. Local Soil Knowledge: A Tool for Sustainable Land Management. Society and Natural Resources 12(2):151-161.

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. and McGrath, D.G. 2000. Smallholder Agriculture Along the Lower Amazon Floodplain, Brazil. PLEC News and Views 16: 34-42.

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. 1997. Land-Use Decision-Making using Local Soil Knowledge on the Lower Amazon floodplain. Geographical Field Note in The Geographical Review 87(l): 105-108.


Book Reviews

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. 2010. Kitchenspace: Women, Fiestas, and Everyday Life in Central Mexico, by Maria Elisa Christie (2008). Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 101(1): 220-221.

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. 2009. Cidades da Floresta: Urbanização, Desenvolvimento, e Globalizção na Amazônia Brasileira. John O. Browder and Brian J. Godfrey (2006). Journal of Latin American Geography, 8(1): 198-199.

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. 2008. The Ecology of Power: Culture, Place and Personhood in the Southern Amazon, AD 1000-2000. Annals of the Association of American Geographer (In Press).

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. 2006. Political Ecology in a Yucatec Maya Community, by Edgar N. Anderson (2006). Human Ecololgy (online).

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. 2004. Amazon Sweet Sea: Land, Life and Water at the River's Mouth, by Nigel J.H. Smith (2002). Annals of the Association of American Geographers 93(4): 941-942.

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. 2002. Cultivated Landscapes of Native Amazonia and the Andes, by, W.M. Denevan (2001). Journal of Latin American Geography 1(1): 82-83

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. 2000. A Água e o Homen na Várzea do Careiro, 2nd edition, by Hilgard O'Reilly Sternberg (1998). Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 91(4): 464-466.

WinklerPrins, A.M.G.A. 1996. Getting to Know Waiwai: An Amazonian Ethnography, by Alan T. Campbell (1995). The Geographical Review 86(3): 471 -473.