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 (sometimes successfully) to avoid. I have built and continue to develop certain intellectual, institutional, 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. 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 readers, students, and colleagues. 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 pieces, and longer expository posts — on specific places, some of which I have visited, some of which I have collected from other journalistic and academic sources, and some of which are just vehicles for political writing informed by a geographic perspective.
I also have an official university website maintained by my department at the University of Windsor. 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.