Antoinette M.G.A. WinklerPrins


Antoinette WinklerPrins is a human-environment geographer specializing in nature- society relations, with an emphasis on cultural landscapes and environmental knowledge systems, especially in the Brazilian Amazon. She received her B.A. in (urban) geography in 1983 from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Urban Planning (M.U.P.) with an emphasis on international development in 1985 from the same university. She completed a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999, with a minor in soil science. She went on to complete a post-doc in soil science at ITC- Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (now part of the University of Twente) in The Netherlands. After her post-doc Antoinette spent ten years on the faculty of Michigan State University’s Department of Geography. At MSU she was also involved with the Environmental Science and Policy Program, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and the Centers for the Advanced Study of International Development and Gender in a Global Context. She then spent three years as a rotating Program Officer in the Geography and Spatial Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation, and was then Director for Environmental Programs at Johns Hopkins University, Advanced Academic Programs. In July 2016 she returned to NSF as a permanent Program Director in Geography and Spatial Sciences Program, and in 2019 was promoted to Deputy Division Director of the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences. Antoinette has served as a Regional Councilor for the American Association of Geographers, and also as Chair of Board of the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers. She recently served on the Council of the American Geographical Society.