​Dr. Camelia-Maria Kantor

As a geographer Dr. Camelia Kantor is a dynamic, collaborative, and innovative professional.


Dr. Camelia Kantor has made valuable contributions to university academic achievements including student teaching & mentorship, research, curriculum development, environmental preservation, and external funding.

As a hybrid human geographer with research interests in the areas of human-environmental systems vulnerabilities assessment, Dr. Camelia Kantor is a native of Romania (Eastern Europe) and has spent her first eight years at Claflin University designing the Geography curricula and recruiting students from a variety of disciplines. Her goal (and passion) is to expose students to Geography, Geosciences, and Geospatial Intelligence and to help them build and sustain geospatial knowledge skills needed to develop sustainable solutions to issues faced by their communities.


  • PhD in Geography, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
  • M.B.A. in Business Administration, Claflin University, USA
  • M.A. Educational Administration, 1st December 1918 University, Romania
  • M.A. Regional Development, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
  • B.S. in French and English Literature & Grammar, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
  • Certificate (3 years) in Geoinformatics & Tourism Prospect, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania.

Research Interests

  • Geospatial technologies in the water-food-energy nexus;
  • Holistic policy and intervention frameworks in sustainable regional and community planning & development (in mining areas and/or other areas with large percentage of socio-economically disadvantaged populations);
  • Geography and food allergies.


Dr. Camelia Kantor entered academia after four years of K-12 full time teaching and five years of clinical experience, both in the US and abroad. This early classroom experience has shaped the educator she is today, allowing her to better understand the socio-economic background of her students and adjust her pedagogy to fit their needs. While at Claflin University, she became active in promoting sustainability related activities, international experiences, as well as student and faculty multidisciplinary collaborations. Outside of Claflin she is active in numerous professional organizations, serving as a GeoMentor, an expert area with the American Association of the American Geographers, an international reviewer for several journals and Romania’s Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research, an associated scholar and fellow with University of South Carolina, a member of the local Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association, and many more. Dr. Kantor also managed to build a good track of publications, external funding, and community outreach which she hopes to further augment in the years to come.

Activities and Honors


  • ESRI GeoMentor service recognition certificate (2016)
  • United Methodist Church Exemplary Teacher Award (2015)
  • UEFISCDI award for ISI article in red priority area (2015)


  • Evaluator: Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research and its Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI), ongoing phase:3rd National Plan for Research, Development and Innovation for the period 2015-2020 (PNCDI III);
  • Reviewer: Earth Science Research Canadian Center of Science and Education;
  • Association of American Geographers (AAG) – AAG expert in the area of Russian, Central Eurasian, and East European studies (http://www.aag.org/pressroom/ask_a_geographer); SAGE Affinity group, Health and Medical Geography Affinity Group, Geographies of Food and Agriculture Affinity Group; GeoMentor.
  • Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG) member;
  • Affiliated scholar of the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities, University of South Carolina
  • Smartstate Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development Fellow University of South Carolina
  • USGIF member
  • ESRI member and organization administrator for ArcGIS.
  • South Carolina Geographic Alliance member
  • National Geographic Society member
  • DORA Economic Development Committee, City of Orangeburg, SC
  • Sustainability Committee Claflin University (chair from Jan. 2013 to Jan.2014)
  • Faculty Development Committee (2012- 2013 and 2015-2016 elected member), Claflin University

Recent Publications

Book chapter:

Amanda Ress (Eds). Thriving as a Stand Alone Geographer: A Handbook, First Ed. eBook (ePub) (March 22, 2014), Stand Alone Geographers (SAGE) & Association of American Geographers (AAG), ISBN 9781304973375, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0, pg. 57-66;


Refereed Articles

C-M. Kantor, V. Constantin (2015). A framework for addressing health disparities in vulnerable populations with the help of ESRI Community Analyst, GeoJournal, pp. 1-8, Springer, Netherlands. DOI: 10.1007/s10708-015-9669-8;


V. Constantin, L. Stefanescu, C-M. Kantor (2015), Vulnerability Assessment Methodology: A Tool for Policy Makers in Drafting a Sustainable Development Strategy of Rural Mining Settlements in the Apuseni Mountains, Romania, Environmental Science & Policy (Elsevier), Vol. 52, October 2015, pp. 129-139;


V. Constantin, C-M. Kantor, V. Surd (2015). An analysis of the Apuseni Mountains settlements development based on synthetic indicators, ECOTERRA- Journal of Environmental Research and Protection, vol. 12, Issue 2. Link to: http://www.ecoterra-online.ro/files/1437398478.pdf

V. Surd, C-M. Kantor, B-N. Pacurar (2015), Peripheral Cores or Central Peripheries? Journal of Settlements and Spatial Planning, Special issue (4): 167-172.


V. Constantin, V. Surd, C-M. Kantor (2014), Vision and strategic objectives for sustainable development of the Apuseni Mountains mining settlements, International Scientific Journal Geographica Pannonica, Volume 18, Issue 4, 82-88 (December 2014), Serbia


Non-refereed (but professional) work:

C-M. Kantor (fall 2015). Students find real-world answers with Community Analyst, ArcUser


C-M. Kantor (published 2012; updated 2015). ESRI World Topographic Map Contributor - created a 1:9,000 down to 1:1,000 basemap.

Recent Presentations

Dr. Camelia Kantor has presented research or served as an invited speaker at numerous national and international venues.

Camelia Kantor
​Dr. Camelia-Maria Kantor
Assistant Professor of Geography
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Goff House, 4
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