Construction and paving work will soon begin to improve Ely Road and the adjacent parking lot behind the apartments on campus. Beginning July 9, the parking lot will be closed.


Dr. Samuel Ndegeah

Dr. Sam

Wilson 201B  -  413.572.8479  -  Email

Academic Background

  • Ph.D. Geography, University of Idaho, USA
  • M.A. Urban and Regional Planning, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • M.A. Geography, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • B.A. Geography and Political Science, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Teaching at Westfield State University

  • GARP 0101: World Regional Geography
  • GARP 0102: Physical Geography W/Lab
  • GARP 0105: Introduction to Community Planning
  • GARP 0210: Cultural Geography
  • GARP 0252: Cities of the Global South
  • GARP 0217: Contemporary Global Issues

Teaching Experience

Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

  • GEOG 313: Third World Development
  • ENVST 395: Independent Study

Elon University, Elon, NC

  • GEOG 131: The World’s Regions
  • GEOG 121: Global Physical Environments
  • GEOG 310: Development & the Environment in Latin America, Africa, and Asia
  • GEOG 372: Issues in International Development Policy and Planning
  • INT 461: Senior Seminar in International Studies
  • INT 499: Independent Research in International Studies

University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

  • GEOG 100L: Physical Geography Lab
  • GEOG 404: Africa: a Developmental Trajectory

Research Interests

  • Institutional structures and systems, policy processes, planning law and practice in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • African customary laws in land use planning and natural resource management.
  • Relationship between geography and politics: how geography influences decision making and political outcomes.

Professional Experience

  • Urban and Regional Planner, Department of Physical Planning, Government of Kenya.

Please contact me anytime for more information about our department, my teaching, and my research.