Helen Hazen

Teaching Professor; Associate Chair, Geography and

What I do

I am a teaching associate professor, focusing on common curriculum classes and advanced classes in health and sustainability.

Professional Biography

I completed my undergraduate degree in geography at the University of Oxford, UK, followed by a Masters and Ph.D. in geography at the University of Minnesota, US. My research interests focus around health and the environment, including recent research projects on the role of the World Heritage Convention in national parks in the US and an exploration of out-of-hospital birth in Minnesota. I am a passionate teacher and enjoy writing text books and exploring scholarship on teaching and learning.


  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Minnesota, 2006
  • MA, Geography, University of Minnesota, 2001
  • BA, Geography, Oxford University, 1996

Featured Publications

Hazen, H. (2017). "The First Intervention is Leaving Home": Reasons for Electing an Out-of-hospital Birth among Minnesotan Mothers. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 31(4), 555-571.
Alberts, H., Hazen, H., & Theobald, R. (2010). Classroom incivilities: The challenge of interactions between college students and instructors in the US. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 34(3), 439-62.
Hazen, H. (2008). "Of outstanding universal value": The role of the World Heritage Convention at national parks in the US. Geoforum, 39(1), 252-64.
Hazen, H., & Harris, L. (2007). Limits of territorially-focused conservation: A critical assessment based on cartographic and geographic approaches. Environmental Conservation, 34, 280-90.