Speaker Bio

Peter Nelson

Professor at Middlebury College - Department of Geography

Rural as Refuge?

Peter Nelson is a Professor of Geography at Middlebury College in Vermont where he joined the faculty in 1999. He holds Ph.D. and Master’s in Geography from the University of Washington and a BA in Geography from Dartmouth College. He teaches courses on population geography, the global economy, and the rural United States. Currently, with support from USDA, Peter is examining the ways in which urban-rural migration systems have shifted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, his research focused on rural gentrification. He has also examined subprime lending in rural housing markets and the connections between aging baby boomers and Latinos arriving in certain rural destinations. Peter lives in Weybridge, Vermont (population 824) with his wife and two sons. When he is not studying rural landscapes, he enjoys running, biking, hiking, skiing, fly fishing, gardening, and golfing in and through them.

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