Peter Hugill Named Professor Emeritus

Feb 8, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Hugill on being named Professor Emeritus of Geography.

“Peter Hugill has been a stalwart of the Geography program and the Texas A&M Community since 1978. When he joined the Geography Department, we were a small teaching-oriented program. Since then, we have tripled in size and diversified both in both our teaching and research,” said Geography Department Head Dr. David Cairns.

Dr. Hugill has worked to build ties between the College of Geosciences and the Bush School of Government and Public Service, becoming a Fellow at the Scowcroft Institute.

He was president of the Texas Conference of the AAUP from 2008-2012, in addition to having served as president of the TAMU chapter of AAUP.  He also served as president of the Texas Association of College Teachers from 2010-2013. At Texas A&M, he has served in the Faculty Senate.

Dr. Hugill’s primary interest is the historical relationship between people and their environment as mediated through technology. He also has an ongoing interest in the role played by agricultural commodities in defining world trade flows, industrial development, and consumer markets.

He recently completed a book on cotton in the global economy since 1771 and is currently working on another book on the transformation from British to American hegemony in the world-system.

“Peter has been a great source of institutional memory in Geography and also in the College of Geosciences. He’ll be missed around the Geography department, but we all wish him the best as he transitions into the next phase of his life in San Antonio and Virginia,” added Dr. Cairns.