Faculty

Dawn Bowen
Professor
B.A., Mary Washington College; M.A., University of Maine; Ph.D., Queen’s University
dbowen@umw.edu; Monroe 311.
Dawn Bowen is fascinated by people and places. She teaches classes in the regional geography of Eastern and Western North America, Latin America, and Geography and Development. She also takes students to Guatemala each spring. Her current research focuses on cultural landscape evolution in Montana and Aruba, heritage tourism in Labrador, and empowerment education among young indigenous women in Guatemala. Current CV (PDF Format)
 cfinlay1 Caitlin Finlayson
Assistant Professor
B.A., Winthrop University; Ph.D., Florida State University
cfinlay@umw.edu; Monroe 322.
Caitlin Finlayson teaches classes in World Regional Geography, Quantitative Methods, Environment and Society, and the Geography of Religion.  Her research focuses on the emotional experiences of people within sacred spaces and the ways in which sacred spaces are created. Current CV (PDF Format)
gallagher-jacqueline13-wpcf_100x150 Jacqueline Gallagher
Associate Professor and Department Chair
B.Sc., University of Wales, College of Swansea; M.Sc. Memorial University of Newfoundland; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles.
jgallagh@umw.edu; Monroe 313.
 Jackie Gallagher’s interests include Quaternary science and geomorphology, particularly the evolution of landscapes    over time, as well as  field methods, biogeography and the geography of natural hazards. She also teaches  mobile geographic information  systems and GPS.  Current CV (PDF format)
hanna_stephen_131c Stephen Hanna 
Professor
B.A., Clark University; M.A., University of Vermont; Ph.D., University of Kentucky
shanna@umw.edu; Monroe 312.
Stephen Hanna’s teaching and research interests include critical cartography and GIS, and the interactions of race and memory in  the production of tourism destinations. He teaches courses in globalization, cultural landscapes, as well as undergraduate and  graduate courses in cartography and geovisualization.  Current CV (PDF Format)
foto_millones-2Marco Millones Mayer
Assistant Professor
B.A., Catholic University of Peru-PUCP;  M.A., University of Miami; Ph.D., Clark University
mmillone@umw.edu; Monroe 113B.
Millones teaches GIS, spatial analysis and remote sensing at graduate and undergraduate levels. His work focuses on applications of geospatial analysis for the study of human-induced landscape change, spatial accuracy, spatio-temporal modeling, and public policy. Examples of these applications include: map accuracy  measures, geospatial impact evaluation of land tenure programs, locational error and its impact on spatial modeling; using food flow data to measure regional sustainability; and, exploiting remotely sensed time-series to describe environmental trends and abrupt changeCurrent CV (PDF Format)
Dr. Joseph W. NicholasJoseph W. Nicholas
Associate Professor
B.A., Bemidji State University; M.S., University of North Dakota; Ph.D., University of Georgia
jnichola@umw.edu; Monroe 314.
Joe Nicholas’s teaching and research interests include Alpine Periglacial Geomorphology, Quaternary Environments, Climatology, and Biogeography. His principal research area has been the La Sal Mountains of southeastern Utah, where he has studied rock glaciers and other talus landforms for clues to Holocene climate change. Current CV (PDF Format)
No Photo AvailableMelina Patterson
Associate Professor
B.A., Pitzer College; Ph.D., Rutgers University
mpatters@umw.edu; Monroe 324.
Melina Patterson’s research and teaching interests in urban and political geography include the patterns and persistence of racial and economic inequality and struggles for social justice, the intersections of urban and natural processes and spaces, public space, and theories of the modern world economy.  Current CV (PDF Format)
Brian RizzoBrian R. Rizzo
Associate Professor
B.A., M.A. University of Western Ontario; Ph.D. University of Virginia.
rizzo@umw.edu; Monroe 321.
While an undergraduate geography major – decades ago, Brian became involved with a new area of geography that would evolve into Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In the 20+ years since, he has been involved in developing GIS data structures and applications to address a wide range of issues. Brian’s research focus’s on global climate change as it relates to the biogeographic distribution of vegetation and Infrastructure management within a GIS framework. Current CV (PDF format)
Farhang Rouhani photographFarhang Rouhani
Associate Professor
B.A., University of California; M.A., Ph.D., University of Arizona
frouhani@umw.edu; Monroe 323.
Farhang Rouhani’s teaching and research interests encompass several significant aspects of political, urban, and cultural geographies, including the cultural and political dimensions of globalization; nationalism, transnationalism, and state formation in the Middle East; the geography of telecommunications;and the socio-spatial politics of everyday life. Current CV (PDF Format)
Dr. Ping Yin Ping Yin
Assistant Professor
B.E., Tsinghua University; M.E. Tsinghua University; Ph.D., University of Georgia
pyin@umw.edu; Monroe 113C.
Ping Yin specializes in Geographic Information Science as applied to health geographies, web-mapping, and spatio-  temporal modeling.  He teaches both undergraduate courses in GIS and several courses in the Masters of Science in Geospatial Analysis    (MSGA) program. Current CV (PDF Format)
Dr. Donald N. RallisDonald N. Rallis
Professor Emeritus
B.A., B.Sc (Hons) University of the Witwatersrand; M.A., University of Miami; Ph.D., Penn State University
dnrallis@umw.edu.
Donald Rallis currently resides in Cambodia where he teaches at the American University of Phnom Penh.  In addition, he continues to teach World Regional Geography and other courses for UMW online. He blogs on and edits the website RegionalGeography.org, maintains an online photograph collection, and posts videos and short classes online.