The Paul P. Vouras Medal, awarded by the American Geographical Society (AGS), is one of several prestigious honors given by the Society.  Dr. Daniel Arreola, Emeritus Professor at Arizona State University, will receive the medal on November 22nd at the AGS Fall Symposium, “Geography 2050: Borders and a Borderless World,” to be held on November 21st and 22nd at Columbia University.

Established in 1988, the Paul P. Vouras Medal awards “exemplary research conducted in the field of regional geography.”  The medal was named after Paul Vouras, a Professor Emeritus of Geography at William Paterson University in New Jersey, who contributed to numerous important works pertaining to regional geography.  Past recipients include Drs. Deborah and Frank Popper as well as Dr. John Fraser Hart.

Dr. Arreola has focused his attention and insight on the Southwest borderlands and authored many articles and books on the region.  Dr. Arreola’s body of work focuses on the border region, a place that is in high visibility today.  His work helps the broader public understand the cultural overlay that sprawls across political boundaries.  His work has earned widespread acclaim, including the American Association of Geographers’ J.B. Jackson Prize for his book “Tejano South Texas:  A Mexican American Cultural Province” (2002).  He has also received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the AAG’s American Ethnic Geography Specialty Group and the Carl O. Sauer Distinguished Scholarship Award from the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers.  In addition, he earned the Preston E. James Eminent Latin Americanist Career Award from the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers in 2016.