Mary Caravelis

Mary Caravelis, PhD

Associate Professor of Geography and Political Science

Dr. Caravelis received her doctorate degree in Geography from the University of South Africa and her two master's degrees, one in Geography and the other in Political Science, from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.

Her research and teaching interests are centered on the ethnic and cultural geography of North America and South Africa, especially the spatial dynamics of international migration settlement patterns and ethno-cultural community formation. These interests have taken her to most countries in Europe, Turkey, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. She has published her research findings in scholarly journals and made academic presentations at conferences worldwide. Dr. Caravelis has been the recipient of many research grants and has conducted fieldwork on ethnic and immigrant communities in the United States, and abroad. She is currently under contract to publish a book based on her research dealing with the spatial extent of the self-identified Greeks in South Florida.

Dr. Caravelis has been an active member of a number of professional organizations. She has been elected and served as President of the Florida Society of Geographers (FSG) and is currently serving as the Treasurer of FSG. She is a member of the Ethnic Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG), the Society of South African Geographers (SSAG) and the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE).