A longtime professor of geography at the University of Amsterdam, Jan Nijman is both Distinguished University Professor in Geosciences and Director of the Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University. Jan has been affiliated with National Geographic for more than 15 years, as a member of the Society’s Committee for Research & Exploration and Chair of its Global Exploration Fund in Northern Europe. He has traveled the globe in support of Society-funded projects in research, conservation, and exploration. The author of five books and more than a hundred other publications, his expertise is in urban and regional development and the history of world cities. A Dutch native, Jan speaks five languages and has received numerous awards including the Nystrom Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Jan lives in Atlanta and Amsterdam.