Dr. Benton-Short is Professor of Geography at the George Washington University. She is an urban geographer with an interest in the dynamics of the urban environment from many angles, including: planning and public space, urban sustainability, globalization, and immigration.
Dr. Benton-Short has written extensively on the urban environment. She has authored or edited than ten books, including: The Presidio: from Army Post to National Park (1998); Environmental Discourse and Practice (1999) and Environmental Discourse and Practice: a Reader (2000), Migrants to the Metropolis (2008), Cities and Nature , 2nd edition (2013) and Cities of North America (2014). Her monography The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space (2016, University of Toronto Press) received the J.B. Jackson Prize from the American Association of Geographers. She recently published A Regional Geography of the United States and Canada (2019, Rowman and Littlefield) and co-authored Urban Sustainability in the U.S.: Cities Take Action (2019, with Melissa Keeley, Palgrave MacMillan).
A native of California, she received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in 1986 and her Ph.D. in geography from Syracuse University in 1997.