Professor Miles Ogborn has been selected as the 2009 Distinguished Historical Geographer by the Historical Geography Specialty Group of the AAG.
This is the first time that this title has been awarded and comes with the opportunity to give a lecture, which he will be delivering at the Las Vegas AAG meeting in March and published in the journal Historical Geography.
The citation Miles has received says: 'The Distinguished Historical Geographer honor recognizes an individual who has produced exemplar works in the subfield of historical geography; has contributed to theoretical and methodologicial advances in the field; has brought a wider audience to works in historical geography; and has contributed to the subdiscipline through editorial, mentoring, or other such work. Your scholarship and career stood out to the nominating committee as fulfilling these criteria in unquestionably laudable ways.'
Miles' new book Global Lives: Britain and the World 1550–1800 has also just been published by Cambridge University Press. Among the many accolades the book receives, Felix Driver writes "this is a richly evocative and challenging account [of world history] ... which raises important questions not only about global change, but also about ways of writing about it".