Garrett Dash Nelson

Contributing Writer

Garrett Dash Nelson is president and head curator at the Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library, and a contributing writer for Places. He studies how communities, polities, economic systems, and ecosystems cohere together into distinct geographic entities called places. He has a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his dissertation, “A Place Altogether: Planning and the Search for the Unit Landscape,” won the John Reps Prize for the best dissertation in planning history. His research on commuter megaregions won the Sir Peter Hall award from the Royal Town Planning Institute.