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David R. Rain Faculty Member

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Key Qualifications David Rain is an urban and population geographer with extensive field experience in cities in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. For more than 15 years he has done geographic research on urban environmental issues internationally. Prior to his appointment at GW, Dr. Rain was a technical advisor for the U.S. Census Bureau, consulting with statistical agencies of many countries on geospatial issues and conducting fieldwork in varied settings. Currently he teaches courses such as Cities in the Developing World, the Geography of Africa, People Land & Food, and History of Geographic Thought to classes ranging in size from 6 to over 80 students at the George Washington University in Washington DC. Education Dr. Rain received his MS in 1993 and his PhD in 1997 from the Pennsylvania State University. He received his BA from the University of Michigan in 1984. Dr. Rain has consulted with many governments, the World Bank, and the United Nations. He has worked with the National Research Council on investigating populations at risk from natural disasters. In 2009 he wrote a book with the United Nations on applying geospatial technologies to the conduct of population censuses. He is currently being funded by the National Institutes of Health to conduct research in Accra, Ghana, on the health and environmental impacts of urbanization. For More Information Please consult https://geography.columbian.gwu.edu/david-rain

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