Owen J.																 Dwyer

Owen J. Dwyer

Chair of Geography
Director of Graduate Studies in Geography
Professor of Geography
Faculty member, University College at IUPUI
Adjunct Professor of American Studies at IUPUI
Adjunct Professor of Geography (IU, Bloomington)
Department: Geography
Cavanaugh Hall (CA) 207E



  • PhD, University of Kentucky 2000
  • MS, Pennsylvania State University 1995
  • BS, Pennsylvania State University 1992



  • G309, “Frontiers in Geographic Thought” (Fall)
  • G311, “Geographic Research Methods” (Spring)
  • G314, “Urban Geography” (Spring)



Exploring Human Geography with Maps, 2e (W.H. Freeman, 2009, co-authored with Margaret Pearce)

Civil Rights Memorials and the Geography of Memory (Center for American Places, 2008, co-authored with Derek Alderman)

Caribbean Landscapes: An Interpretive Atlas (Caribbean Studies Press, 2008, co-authored with Tim Brothers and Jeff Wilson)

Chapters in four edited collections and articles in The Professional Geographer, GeoJournal, Journal of Geography, Urban Geography, and Journal of Social and Cultural Geography



Association of American Geographers’ Globe Award for Public Understanding of Geography for Civil Rights Memorials and the Geography of Memory, 2009 (with Derek Alderman)

Faculty Fellow, Center for Teaching and Learning, 2008-09

IU Trustees’ Teaching Award, 2006

IU Humanities Research Grant, 2004

IU Center on Philanthropy Research Grant, 2003

Graham Foundation for the Fine Arts Research Grant, 2002

Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship-Emory University, 2000

Visiting Junior Scholar in Residence-University of British Columbia, 2000

Columbia University Buell Center for Architecture Dissertation Colloquium, 1999

Urban Geography Specialty Group student paper award, 1999

Cultural Geography Specialty Group student paper award, 1999

National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant, 1998

American Ethnic Geography Specialty Group student paper award, 1998

National Park Service Scholar-in-Residence at the King National Historic Site, 1998

University of Kentucky, Haggin University Fellowship, 1995

E. Willard Miller Masters Paper Award, Penn State Geography Department, 1995

Academic Interests

Academic Interests

Public space, collective memory, cartography, urbanism, and cultural landscapes



Associate Editor, Journal of Geography, 2010 – 2016

Investigator and author, “A Survey of Visitors to Four Civil Rights Museums”

Guest Editor, special focus section of Journal of Geography “Race and Racism in Geography: Perspectives for and from the Classroom”

Referee for several granting agencies and geographic journals

Board member for Cultural Geography specialty group 2001-03 and Urban Geography specialty group 2004-06

Co-curator of a temporary exhibit at the Indiana State Museum (with Elizabeth Kryder-Reid and Paul Mullins) “Race and Material Culture: Recent Archeological Evidence from Ransom Place”