Title: University Professor, Researcher
Company: University of Idaho
Location: Moscow, Idaho, United States
Dr. Raymond J. Dezzani, University Professor and Researcher at the University of Idaho, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in geographic sciences.
Dr. Dezzani became involved in the field of geographic sciences because of his father, who sat and looked at maps with him when he was a child. Dr. Dezzani has always been interested in mathematics and science, so he began taking classes during his undergraduate studies at the University of California Berkeley, which led to his career in geography. He received a PhD from the University of California Riverside in 1996 and is grateful for the mentors he had at all phases of his career development.
During his undergraduate years at the University of California Berkeley, Dr. Dezzani cites J. Desmond Clark, known as the “father of African pre-history,” and Keith Griffin, a development economist, as mentors. Mr. Griffin is also a multiple-time Nobel Prize nominee. Andrew Jonas and David Rigby, a geographer at the University of California Los Angeles, also mentored Dr. Dezzani through his career—these men were the reason he remained in the field of geography.
One highlight of Dr. Dezzani’s career that stood out the most was meeting Immanuel Wallerstein, a distinguished professor of sociology at Yale, and the developer of the World Systems Theory framework. Dr. Dezzani began his professional career at Boston University, where he held the position of an assistant professor from 1996 to 2004. He then transitioned to the University of Idaho and remains there to this day. During his time with the University of Idaho, he has held the positions of associate professor, professor and interim chair of the department of geography and faculty in statistical sciences.
Throughout his career, Dr. Dezzani has written numerous articles as a researcher for professional journals and a co-author of books. He has been inducted as a member of Sigma Xi, and in his spare time, he enjoys reading, fencing, marksmanship, hiking and purposeful travel. In the years to come, Dr. Dezzani would like to continue with what he is doing and wants to take time to conduct research and write more books.
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