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Curriculum Vitae

Geography Department
206 Morris Hall
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN 56001

507-389-1890 (work)
507-382-0497 (mobile)


Ph.D. Indiana State University, 1998.

M.S. The University of Akron, 1993.

B.A. University of Puerto Rico, 1991.

Teaching Experience:
Professor (Minnesota State University), Elements of Geography, Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, Social Geography, Rural Geography, Spatial Statistics, Spatial Analysis with GIS, Latin America, GIS for Social Studies and Historians, and Field Studies, 2007-2014.

Associate Professor (Minnesota State University), Elements of Geography, Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, Social Geography, Rural Development, Spatial Statistics, Spatial Analysis, and Latin America, 2003-2007.

Visiting Professor (University of Puerto Rico), Elements of Geography and Human Geography, 2005.

Assistant Professor (Minnesota State University), Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, Latin America, Rural Development, and Quantitative Methods, 1998-2003.

Instructor (St. Mary-of-the-Woods College), Geography of World Affairs, 1997.

Graduate Teaching Assistant/Instructor (Indiana State University), World Geography, 1996-1997.

University Service:
Representative on IFO's (Inter Faculty Organization) Multicultural Issues Committee, 2012-2014.

Member of the Minnesota State University, Mankato, Faculty Association General Education and Diversity Committee, 2009-2012.

Faculty and Mentor for MSU's College Access Program, 2006-2010.

Instructor of Basic Research Methods to McNair Scholars, Summer 2004.

Faculty and Mentor for MSU’s Learning Communities and First Year Experience Program, 2003-2004.

Member of the Minnesota State University, Mankato, Faculty Association Graduate Education Committee, 2002-2004.

Coordinator of the Geography Graduate Program, Minnesota State University, 1999-2004.

Elementary and High School Science Fair Judge, Minnesota Regional Science and Engineering Fair, 1999-2003.

Current Research Interests:

Social and Economic Geography

Spatial Analysis and Statistics in Geography


Latin America

Lopez, Jose Javier. 2006. Puerto Rico. New York, NY: Chelsea House Publishers.

Lopez, Jose Javier and Pedro Thomas. 2004. "The Geography of Law Enforcement Malpractice: National Patterns of Official Misconduct in the United States, 1989-1999." Cambridge's Journal of American Studies. Vol. 38. 371-390.

Lopez, Jose Javier. 2001. "Vieques Island: The Politics of Military Maneuvers in the Caribbean." Journal of Caribbean Studies (Association of Caribbean Studies). Vol. 16. 1-22.

Lopez, Jose Javier. 2000. "The Geography of Crime in Puerto Rico: A Cross-Municipality Study of Murders and Manslaughter, 1983 to 1991." Homines: Revista de Ciencias Sociales (Homines: A Social Sciences Journal). Vol. 21. 188-206.

Lopez, Jose Javier (Edited by Linda S. Turnbull, Elaine Hallisey Hendrix, and Borden Dent). 2000. "Assault." Atlas of Crime: Mapping the Criminal Landscape. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press.

Lopez, Jose Javier (Editor in Chief). 2000. The Atlas of Minnesota (First Edition). Mankato, MN: Center for Rural Policy.

Micellanea Geographica (Other publications):
Lopez, Jose Javier. 2013. Instructor Resource Manual (download only) for Rubenstein's Introduction to Contemporary Geography. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

Lopez, Jose Javier (Edited by Michael Fagin, Kebba Darboe, and Wayne E. Allen). 2012. "The Emergence of an Independent East Timor: The Story of Permitting that “Ole World Wall Map” to Be Fluid for the Sake of Ethnic Survival and Justice." A Reader on Race and Ethnic Relations: Harmonizing Indigenous and Immigrant Voices. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt. 150-155.

Lopez, Jose Javier, Kebba Darboe, and Wayne E. Allen. 2010. "Police Malpractice in Eight States of Southern United States in the 1990s." Introduction to Ethnic Studies: A New Approach. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt. 240-255.

Miller, Pam, Martin Mitchell, and Jose Javier Lopez. 2005. "Climate Change: Length of Growing-Season in the U.S. Corn Belt, 1911-2000." Physical Geography. Vol. 26. 85-98.

Lopez, Jose Javier. 2001. "The Caribbean." World Geography. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.

Buskol, Heidi, Martin Mitchell, Jose Javier Lopez, Kurt Haroldson, and Richard Kimmel. 2001. "What's Changed? Assessing CRP (Conservation Reserve Program)." Geospatial Solutions. Vol. 11. 6. 22-23.

Lopez, Jose Javier. 1995. "Drug Abuse Patterns in Metropolitan San Juan, Puerto Rico." The Bulletin of the Puerto Rican Geographers Society (Sociedad Geografos de Puerto Rico). July. 3-5.

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