Matthew L. Fahrenbruch

PhD Candidate
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 Educational Background:

Ph.D.   (Present) Geography, University of Kansas

M.S.    (2013) Geography, University of Southern Mississippi

B.S.     (2011) Geography, University of North Dakota (Summa Cum Laude)

A.S.     (2007) General Studies, Dixie State College of Utah

 Research Interests:

I am a broad-based geographer with experience and interest in both physical and cultural topics and regional interests in Latin America and the American South. Of specific interest are the topics of tourism, political ecology, and the globalization of resource production. My recent research has focused on tourism development and vulnerability in Latin America and specifically the community of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. I am currently working as a Graduate Research Assistant on the Central America Indigena Project; a 2-5 year project to better understand socioeconomic stability in the Central American region.


2015.       Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship, KU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

2012.       Graduate Student Research Symposium Departmental Paper Award. University of Southern Mississippi; $200.

2010.       Alice Rechlin Scholarship. Gamma Theta Upsilon; $1000.

2010.       Memorial Union Outstanding Student Leader Award.  University of North Dakota.

2009.       Brent Lloyd Wills Scholarship. Department of Geography, University of North Dakota; $200.

2009.       Returning Student Scholarship. University of North Dakota; $500.

2009-11. President' Honor Roll, University of North Dakota.

2009-11. Dean's List, University of North Dakota.


Fahrenbruch, M.L. and D.M. Cochran Jr. 2014 Waiting for the Wave:  Assessing the vulnerability of tourism in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, to tsunami. Journal of Latin American Geography 13(3):  11-36

Fahrenbruch, M.L. 2014. Trash Animals:  How We live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive and Unwanted Species; Edited by Kelsi Nagy, K. and D. Johnson II.  Southeastern Geographer, 54(1): 90-92

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