At Circular Quay in Sydney, NSW
Specialties: Communication and Media Geography, Cultural Geography, Urban Geography, Urban Planning, Rural Geography, Landscape, neighborhood and community activism, China, Japan, and Australia.
For Spring of 2017 I will be teaching:
Courses that I have taught at VU include
World Human Geography, Urban Geography, Cartography , Research Design, Environmental Conservation, Economic Geography, Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Rural Geography, Culture, Nature, Landscape, Geography of Asia: China and Japan, and Geography of Cyberspace
An Urban Geography field trip visit to "The Bean" in Chicago
I have research interests in urban, cultural, and communication and media geography. My current reserach focus is on the geography of country music.
Recently I have presented research related to the drafting of a feasibility study for the creation of a Calumet National Heritage Area
My research on country music was inspired by a class I taught on rural geography, I am interested in how changing themes in country music reflect cultural changes due to suburban and exurban growth. Specifically I am exploring the burst in popularity of country identity songs at the begining of the 21st century. I have presented this research at the International Country Music Conference.
I published a paper reflecting on reserach methods for online media.
I have published work on the geography of Facebook as Megaengineering.
I have finished work on a Virtual Regional Geography of Northwest Indiana which asks questions about what Northwest Indiana looks like from the perspective of cyberspace. I am interested in how and why people represent places in Northwest Indiana online. I hope to find out more about how the Internet is (or is not) helping to transform local politics, aid in local economic development, and foster social ties.
In addition to this research on the Internet and community I have also published research on "everyday virtual reality" focusing upon the representation and production of landscape in video games. I am interested in the extent to which the activity of virtual landscape production in video games may subvert or reinforce dominant ways of seeing and producing landscapes in the "real world."
I have also written about the the use of the Internet in geography education.
In the past I organized an informal faculty seminar on Qualitative Data Analysis and I am available to consult with faculty and students on campus about qualitative research and using NVivo.
I regularly go line dancing and have choreographed a few dances.
Since I bought a house with a big garden plot, I have become a gardener.
I was faculty advisor for the VU Hockey Club played intramural floor hockey for the Chiefs back in 2003 adn 2004 and for the Flatballers in 2014 and 2015. I am a big fan of the Gustavus Hockey Team. I have never actually played ice hockey but have vowed to do so someday.
I have been exploring the bike trails of Northwest Indiana as time and weather permit.
I was a member of the CU Bands including the CU Basketball Band and the C.U. Golden Buffalo Marching Band. The highlight of my marching band career was a trip to the Aloha Bowl in Hawaii.
I was a member of the Pride of Arizona Marching Band while at the University of Arizona.
At the world's smallest post office in Ochopee, FL near the Everglades
At Kata Tjuta or The Olgas, Northern Territory, Australia
At EPCOT in March 2015
Getting ready to snorkel in Belize (2012)
Me on the train in the rain in Tiny Town, Colorado (Summer 2000)
The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota. (Darwin, Summer 2000)
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