Daniel N. Warshawsky is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences and International Studies at Wright State University where he teaches courses in geography and public administration. He is also the Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. In 2022, Daniel was named the Frederick A. White Distinguished Professor of Professional Service for his service to Wright State University and the broader Dayton community.
Daniel earned his B.A. in geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2003), M.S. in geography from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (2006), and Ph.D. in geography from the University of Southern California (2011). Before coming to Wright State, Daniel was an Assistant Professor (Teaching) and Director of Graduate Studies in the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California where he taught courses in Geographic Information Science and Technology.
In his research, Daniel analyzes urban food systems in North America and Africa. The results of these studies have been published in The Professional Geographer, Urban Geography, Geoforum, Social and Cultural Geography, The Geographical Journal, Geography Compass, Geographical Review, Cities, Sustainability, Agriculture and Human Values, Journal of Southern African Studies, and African Geographical Review. In addition, Daniel has written a book which analyzes the development and impacts of food banks across the world. It has been accepted and is currently in press with the University of Iowa Press, expected publication date Fall 2023. Daniel is also engaged in local research to investigate how people access and waste food in Dayton.
In 2020, he was awarded the Helen Ruth Aspaas SAGE Innovator Award for his research, teaching, and service in the field of geography. The award recognizes outstanding and innovative stand-alone geographic educators. He also currently serves as the Secretary-Treasurer for the East Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers.
Outside of university life, Daniel spends most of his time with his wife and daughters exploring interesting neighborhoods in the world’s cities, running in parks or trails, and watching good movies. Given that Daniel was born and raised in Cincinnati, he is excited to be back in Southwestern Ohio where he has a strong personal connection.