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Dr. James Lowry

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Geosciences

Department of Economics and Geosciences

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(719) 333-8738

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Bio

Dr. James Lowry is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Geosciences in the Department of Economics and Geosciences. His research has focused on perceptual and vernacular regions including the South (as his MA thesis), the Southwest (as his PhD dissertation), the Midwest, the Northwest, and New England. He is also interested in natural hazards and disasters, especially in different groups’ perceptions and how they plan for, and mitigate, damage.

James was born in Charleston SC, and considers himself fortunate to be an Air Force Brat as that led to him living in Big Spring, Texas (Webb AFB); Tripoli, Libya (Wheelus AB), Atwater, California (Castle AFB); and Warner Robins, GA (Robins AFB). Upon his dad’s retirement from the USAF his family settled in his parents’ hometown of Gastonia, NC.

Education

PhD, University of Arizona (1996)

MA, East Carolina University (1988)

AB, Belmont Abbey College (1983)

Professional Experience

Associate Professor and Chair of Faculty and Studies, Georgia Gwinnett College (2019-2020)

Associate Professor and Chair of Faculty, Georgia Gwinnett College (2018-2019)

Associate Professor, Georgia Gwinnett College (2015-2018)

Associate Professor and Chair, University of New Orleans (2012-2015)

Assistant Professor and Chair, University of New Orleans (2008-2012)

Assistant Professor, University of New Orleans (2006-2008)

Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts, and Assistant Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University (2004-2006)

Assistant Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University (2002-2004)

Associate Professor, East Central University (2001-2002)

Associate Professor and Chair, East Central University (2000-2001)

Assistant Professor and Chair, East Central University (1998-2000)

Assistant Professor, East Central University (1996-1998)

Tenured in 2001 at East Central University and in 2012 at the University of New Orleans

Research and Scholarly Interests

Natural Hazards Perception and Mitigation

Consumption and Waste

Perceptual and Vernacular Regions

Publications

2019, Gamma Theta Upsilon by the Numbers at the end of its First Century: Where are our Growth Poles? The Geographical Bulletin, 60-1: 75-79. 

2013, Perceptual New England, The Northeastern Geographer, 5: 54-71. 

2008, with Mark Patterson, and William Forbes. The Perceptual Northwest. Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, 70: 112-126. 

2006, with W. Forbes, W., C. Runnels, M. Legg, T. Coble, K. Seal, T. Kerr, S. Lin, A. Lambert, S. Price, and Z. Farrar. Ecotourism Promotion in East Texas: Changing Perceptions of the Piney Woods.  Sustainable Communities Review, 9(1): 42-50. 

2006, with Unna Lassiter.  Unpacking Difference: The Changing Identities of Greyhounds.  In Lisa M. DeChano and Fred M. Shelley, (eds.), The Geography-Sports Connection: Using Sports to Teach Geography, pp. 33-46. National Council for Geographic Education, Pathways in Geography Series, Title No. 33 

2001, Remote Sensing in Archaeology: Visible Temporal Change of Archaeological Features of the Peten, Guatemala. Research Reports–1999 NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama. 

2001, Mayans, The Kingdom of Judah, Poverty Point, and Paul Redfern: Archaeological Remote Sensing, Research Reports–1998 NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama. 

2001, United States, in World Geography (edited by Ray Sumner), 2: 339-342, Salem Press, Pasadena, California. 

1999, The Southwest in the American Mind. Southwestern Geographer, 3: 1-20.  

1998, Remote Sensing in Archaeology: Classifying Bajos of the Peten, Guatemala, Research Reports–1997 NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama.  

1994, The Vernacular Southwest. Bulletin: Special Libraries Association, Geography & Map Division, 176: 2-11.  

1989, with Leo E. ZonnCognitive Images of the South: The Insider's View. Southeastern Geographer, 29(1): 42-54.