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Texas A&M University
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The Water Program
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College Station, Texas 77843


  • GEOG 202 - Geography of the Global Village
  • GEOG 327 - Regional Geography of South Asia
  • GEOG 401 - Political Geography
  • GEOG 689 - Special Topics: Political and Cultural Ecology

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Dr. Kathleen O'Reilly

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Geography, University of Iowa, 2002

M.S. Geography, University of Alabama, 1996

B.M. Voice Performance, Westminster Choir College, 1989

Research Interests

Kathleen O’Reilly studies the social and environmental impacts of development projects, especially those working toward improvements in health through gendered drinking water, sanitation, poverty interventions. Her research is based in India, where she has worked for the past 14 years. Her earliest research focused on community and women's participation in drinking water supply management, and was followed up in 2008 with a study investigating drinking water sustainability after the project’s closure. The National Science Foundation supported research across 2005-2009 that explored the effects of development projects for the NGOs fieldworkers who implement them, and resulted in a better understanding of how global-scale development policies are locally transformed and spatialized through the actions of NGO fieldworkers. An NSF CAREER Award supports her current research into the causes and solutions to India’s rural sanitation crisis. It seeks insights into how village-scale and household-scale dynamics involving caste, class, and gender influence toilet usage and non-usage in rural India.

Selected Publications

College of Geosciences Atmospheric Science Geography Oceanography Geology & Geophysics Environmental Programs Water Degree Program GERG IODP Texas Sea Grant Department icons