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Office: Natural History Building
1301 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
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Curriculum Vitae



Professor Tom Bassett has taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1984. He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts and graduated from the Brooks School in N. Andover, Mass (1972). He has a B.A. degree in English from Tufts University (1976), and a M.A. degree (1979) and PhD degree (1984) in Geography from the University of California at Berkeley.

Bassett teaches courses on globalization, environment and development, political ecology, and geographic information systems and society. He has published 8 books and some 60 journal articles on his research. Bassett's research centers on the political ecology of agrarian change in West Africa. Since 1981 he has carried out research on land rights system, the social and agricultural history of cotton, and land use and land cover change in the West African savanna with emphasis on Côte d’Ivoire.

Research Areas
Geographic Information Science
Environmental Studies & Policy

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
M.A. University of California, Berkeley

Selected Publications
  • Bassett, T., and A. Winter-Nelson. The Atlas of World Hunger. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.
  • Bassett, Thomas J., and Marie Cormier-Salem. Nature as Local Heritage in Africa: New Approaches to Biodiversity Conservation, Territory and Identity. London: International Africa Institute, 2007.