Welcome

Welcome to my website! If you’re looking for the blog part of the site, jump to the Places section.

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A fairly reasonable likeness of me

In my professional life, I am an academic – a teacher, researcher, and scholar working at a university and paid to cultivate and share my little garden of expertise with students, colleagues, and the public. As with many academics, my work life and professional duties tend to colonize much of my thinking and time on a daily basis, though probably no more than they do for people working in other fields and kinds of jobs. To assume otherwise is a bit of a conceit on the part of academics, which I try (mostly successfully, but not always) to avoid. But it does mean that as part of my work, I have developed and continue to develop certain intellectual and political commitments that inform my work as a teacher, researcher, and scholar, and which in turn are shaped by my experiences in those roles. In other words, my work is political and politics is, in a sense, my work, though always with the recognition that the world is a big, complex, and dynamic place and the goal of any work I undertake is open, honest, transformative debate and dialogue with my audiences and interlocutors. You can read more about my research and teaching interests and activities on the pages devoted to those.

Part of my purpose in creating and maintaining this website is to relate my own extensive travels and my more general interest in places to a wider audience as a way of engaging students and other readers with some basic facets of human geography. The blog portion of this site is the Places section. Here you will find entries – recordings, photos, short reflective and expository posts – on specific places, some of which I have visited and some of which I have collected from other journalistic and academic sources. This repository is designed as both a way for me to exercise and experiment with my own writing, and as a set of materials for an introductory human geography course I designed and first taught in 2015, and which I now teach every fall semester. I hope you enjoy.

I also have an official university website maintained by my department. If you would like to contact me, you can email me at my university email account listed to the right. All content on this site is maintained by me alone, and I alone am responsible for it.