John Oswald

A photo of John Oswald

Associate Professor of Political and Urban Geography

Geography & Geology; Environmental Science and Society (ENVI) Interdisciplinary Program

140W Strong Hall


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  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Texas at Austin, 2013
  • MS, Community and Regional Planning, University of Texas at Austin, 2004
  • MA, Ancient and Medieval Art and Archaeology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2000
  • BA, Archaeology and Classical Studies, College of Wooster, 1998

Interests and Expertise

Dr. Oswald is a broadly trained political and urban geographer. His primary research interests include the analysis of divided cities around the world as well as the study of ethno-national symbols and their territorial significance in conflict zones. His other areas of interests include human-environment interaction and issues related to environmental degradation and resource conflict.


  • GEOG 107 Introduction to Geography
  • GEOG 110 World Regions
  • GEOG 150 Thinking Sustainably
  • GEOG 322 Geography of Africa
  • GEOG 360 Cultural Geography
  • GEOG 505 Seminar in Methods and Research