Stan Brunn, Geography

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Stan Brunn labels himself a cosmopolitan Middle Westener after being raised in small towns and rural areas in a half-dozen states.  He taught previously at the University of Florida and Michigan State University.  He joined the University of Kentucky department in 1980 as chair and served in that capacity from 1980-88.  He was appointed by the Governor as State Geographer from 1988-89.  His teaching and research interests include political, social, and urban geography, the geographies of information and communication, and time-space geographies and innovative cartographies.  He has offered seminars on technological hazards, cyberspace, humane geographies, and peace and reconciliation.

Stan's research record includes a number of authored and edited books and numerous araticles which have appeared in geogrpahy and interdisciplinary journals.  His most recent books include one on Wal-Mart, another on Geography and Techonology and another on 9-11.  He has also edited special issues of journals on music geography and gated communities.  His current research project include editing a book on ENGINEERING EARTH; THE IMPACT OF MEGAENGINEERING PROJECTS, which is based on a conference he co-organized in 2008.  The book, which includes chapters by scholars from a couple dozen countries and from many different fields, will be published by Springer Science+Media late 2009 or early 2010.  He is also co-editing AN ATLAS OF GREATER EURASIA and AN ATLAS OF THE 2008 ELECTIONS.   Other research projects he is working on include the global financial crisis, religion/music geography interfaces, immobility in rural Appalachia, stamps as vehicles of state visibility, and sparesely settled regions.

He has taught for short periods at more than a dozen European and Central Asian universities; these include Finland, Sweden, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Bosnia, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyztan.  In fall 2007 he was a Fulbight Lecturerer at Semey State University in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan and in fall 2009 he is Visiting Professor at the National University of Ireland in Maynooth.  During the past four plus decades he has made presentations at dozens of national and international conferences.  He was elected University of Kentucky Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1989-90.  Stan has been active in the Association of American Geographers, including editor of both The Professional Geographer and the Annals, AAG.  He received AAG Honors in 1994 and in 2006 was merited the Lifetime Achievement Award at SEDAAG (Southeast Division of the the AAG); als  he has served on a number of IGU, NCGE, and AAG committees, including co-chair of the AAG Centennial Coordinating Committee.  During the past two decades he has worked with editors in Kentucky to train students and to improve the quality of geography instruction in the state's schools.  Among the many highlights of his professional careeer was his appearance on NBC's Today Show in 1971 to discuss his proposed political reorganization of the United States.

His hobbies include collecting creative maps and landscape paintings, studying futuristic and engendered geographies, singing in a choir, leading book discussions, learning other languages, working crossword puzzles and writing poetry.

NOTE:  Professor Brunn is no longer serving as major advisor on MA and PhD committees, but will continue to serve on committees until retirement.

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