Christine Drennon joined the Trinity faculty in 2002 and within months became engaged in addressing San Antonio's challenges. An associate professor of sociology and anthropology with expertise in urban geography and community development, Drennon seeks to give her students an intense appreciation for where they come from, both historically and geographically, and help them engage in their individual communities once they leave Trinity. Her students often work alongside her in urban research projects throughout the city.
Ph.D. in Geography, University of Texas-Austin
M.A., Geography, University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.S., Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology
Peer-Reviewed, Published Articles
Drennon, C. 2006. Social Relations Spatially Fixed: Construction and Maintenance of the School Districts of San Antonio. Geographical Review, Volume 91, 567-593.
Drennon, C. 2005. Teaching Geographic Information Systems in a Problem-based Learning Environment. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 29(3): 385-402.
Drennon, C. 2003. The Sanctity of Balkan Borders: The Map-Making and Map-Using process Following World War I. Hagar: International Social Science Review 3(2): 203-231.
Drennon, C. 2002. Finding Order on the Balkan Peninsula. Geographical Review 91(1&2): 407-414.
Drennon's research and activism have recently focused on San Antonio's East Side neighborhoods. As research director for the Promise and Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants for the City of San Antonio and for the Choice Neighborhood Implementation project, she has focused her work on the relationship between education and community development. "Drennon was an early advocate for the kind of collaboration that led us to receive the Promise Implementation Grant, which is helping transform the East Side of San Antonio," said San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.
Drennon spearheaded an early initiative known as the Trinity Project, one of the early efforts that led to the creation of a Promise Neighborhood Grant, which put school improvement at the center of efforts to revitalize underserved neighborhoods
The Urban Experience
Geographic Information Systems
Honors & Awards
2014 recipient of the Marilyn J. Gittell Activist Scholar Award by the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) and SAGE. The national award acknowledges Drennon's impressive record of scholarship and engagement and her commitment to addressing issues of direct concern to urban communities.
As recipient of the award, Drennon delivered the plenary address at the UAA's national conference held in San Antonio March 19-22. "Christine Drennon continues a tremendous legacy left by Marilyn Gittell, one that challenges every research scholar committed to social justice to act on their values. UAA is extremely proud to partner with SAGE in recognizing such individuals who are making a difference in urban communities throughout the U.S.," said Margaret Wilder, UAA executive director.
Community service & Involvement
Her community outreach, which includes establishing collaborative initiatives with various community agencies and school districts, demonstrates how scholars can build bridges of support and collaboration that make a difference in the lives of community residents. "I am honored and humbled to be recognized with this award," says Drennon. "I'm from the inner-city; I went from resident of the city – to student of the city – to activist in the city, when the three began to overlap."