Joseph P. Messina

Vice President of Research, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Professor, Geography

College of Social Science, Michigan State University

Dr. Joseph Messina is Professor of Geography (Ph.D. 2001 UNC-Chapel Hill), Assistant Vice-President of Research, Senior Associate Dean Faculty for the College of Social Sciences, Member of the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program, Member of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Member of the African Studies Center, at Michigan State University. He joined MSU in 2001 and the College of Social Science administration in 2014. His research centers on medical geography and population/environment interactions. He works throughout the less-developed world primarily with small-holder farmers building weather stations, collecting social surveys, and trying to improve agriculture and reduce disease. He has served on review panels for the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS, NIEHS, NIAID); the National Science Foundation’s Cyber Enabled Discovery and Innovation and the Decision Making Under Uncertainty programs and Geography and Spatial Sciences; NASA’s Terra, Aqua, and ACRIM, ESSF, Carbon, and the LCLU programs; EPA’s Advanced Monitoring Initiative, and the National Academy of Science’s Deepwater Horizon. He has been the Geography Awareness Week Plenary Speaker at multiple universities and served with the United States Army. Within the college, Joe is responsible for the research portfolio and faculty affairs including hiring, retention, and promotion and tenure.

If you would like to contact Associate Dean Messina, please contact his support person, Sara Allison at alliso53(at) or call 517-432-0860.