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Cultural and Historical Geography

Place and Identity

Landscape History


David Robertson

Associate Professor & Chair of


Fraser 105D
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454



David Robertson has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 199X

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D. Geography (2001), University of Oklahoma
  • BA Geography (1992), University of Calgary
  • BSc. Psychology (1989), University of Calgary

Publications and Professional Activities

  • “Identity and the Post-Mining Landscape: Observations from the American Mining Town.” In Bergbau Folge Landschaft/Post Mining Landscapes. Oliver Hamm and Christiana Gräwe eds. (Berlin: Jovis-Verlag, 2010) pp. 144-149.
  • “Canadian Studies and American Geography: Trends and Issues.” The Canadian Geographer. 2009. 53:1: 100-112.
  • Hard as the Rock Itself: Place and Identity in the American Mining Town. 2006. (Boulder: University Press of Colorado).
  • “Cultural Landscape Preservation and Public History in Cokedale, Colorado.” In Preserving Western History, Andrew Gulliford ed. 2005. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2005) pp. 366-380.
  • “Heaps of History: Toluca and the Historic Longwall Mining District.” Journal of Illinois History. 2000. 3:3:162-184.
  • “Beyond Twister: The Geography of Recreational Storm Chasing on the Southern Plains.” Geographical Review. 1999. 89:4:533-553.
  • “Oil Derricks and Corinthian Columns: The Industrial Transformation of the Oklahoma State Capitol Grounds.” Journal of Cultural Geography. 1996. 16:1:17-44.
My Classes

Envr 124:
S/Environmental Issues

    This introductory course is an interdisciplinary examination of historical and contemporary environmental problems. It examines the impact of human activity on the environment and the complex interrelationships between people and the natural world. It also explores the socioeconomic and political dimensions behind environmental change, and evaluates solutions to environmental dilemmas such as deforestation, soil erosion, air and water pollution, and biodiversity loss.

Geog 102:
S/Human Geography

    A study of the geographic distribution and interrelationships of human activities over the face of the earth, particularly the variation in cultural and social phenomena and their related imprint on the geographic landscape. Such factors as language, religion, settlements, population, and economic activities are studied as they are distributed and interrelated in earth space. Offered every year

Geog 274:
Conservation & Resource Mgmt

    This course traces the evolution of American environmentalism. The goal is to understand the various philosophies, scientific positions, and methods by which Americans have attempted to deal with a range of environment and natural resource issues. Central focus is given to the concepts and practices of conservation, preservation, and natural resource management. Where these enviornmental perspectives have come from, where they are going and how they apply to contemporary environmental problems are questions explored in this course. Not offered on a regular basis

Geog 330:
Cultural Geography

    Critical developments and debates in cultural geography are examined. Students are also introduced to empirical research in cultural geography. A sub-field of human geography, cultural geography focuses on the impact of human culture, both material and non-material, on the natural environment and the human organization of space. A seminar-style course, students engage in critical discussion of selected readings and conduct original research. Prerequisites: GEOG 102 or permission of instructor. Offered not offered on a regular basis

Geog 369:

    Geog 374:
    Geographic Thought

      A brief history of geographic thought and an introduction to current issues in geography. Credits: 3(3-0). Prerequisites: Senior (majors or minors) or permission of instructor. Offered every fall