College of Liberal Arts

Geography Professor Receives Honorary Doctorate from Stockholm University

Wed, Sep 30, 2015
William Doolittle received his honorary doctorate at Stockholm University on Sept. 25.
William Doolittle received his honorary doctorate at Stockholm University on Sept. 25.

William E. Doolittle, a geography professor at The University of Texas at Austin, received an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University for his work as a cultural ecologist, geoarchaeologist and geographer.

Adorned in a laurel wreath, Doolittle received his “doctor’s ring” and an honorary doctorate in social sciences on Sept. 25 during a grand ceremony at Stockholm University in Sweden. Doolittle was one of eight scholars recognized for their distinct contributions to the university’s research and education.

Doolittle, the Erich W. Zimmermann Regents Professor in Geography, studies pre-Columbian agrarian landscapes in Mexico and the American Southwest, with a focus on water systems. He has published more than 70 publications; including his book Cultivated Landscapes of Native North America, which changed the way North America was thought to look prior to European colonization. His honorary doctorate is an expression of appreciation for his collaborations with the Stockholm University Department of Human Geography. 

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