Geography 2050

Dr. Lee Schwartz

U.S. Department of State

Dr. Lee Schwartz is the Geographer of the Department of State and the Director of its Office of the Geographer and Global Issues in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Dr. Schwartz is the Department’s 8th Geographer, a position that was established in 1921 and that, according to federal regulations, is responsible for providing guidance to all federal agencies on questions of international boundaries and sovereignty claims. Previously, he held positions in the State Department as Division Chief for Global Issues as well as for United Nations and Humanitarian Concerns. Prior to joining the Office of The Geographer, Dr. Schwartz was a member of the faculty of American University’s School of International Service. Dr. Schwartz was the State Department’s 2005 winner of the Warren Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Affairs, and was the 2012 recipient of the Association of American Geographers’ Anderson Medal of Honor in Applied Geography. He was awarded the 2014 James Cullum Medal from the American Geographical Society and has recently been focusing on projects related to geographic information documentation and coordination related to participatory mapping, complex emergencies, and sustainability. Dr. Schwartz earned his Ph.D. in Geography from Columbia University.