James Shortridge

Professor, Geography
Primary office:
Lindley Hall, room 209


Research Interests and Current Projects

Regional identity; Great Plains and Midwest Studies. Currently writing a history of the KU geography department.

Courses Taught

GEOG 390: Geography of the U.S. & Canada
GEOG 397: Geography of Kansas and the Plains
GEOG 576: Cultural Geography of the U.S.
GEOG 805: Introduction to Graduate Study
GEOG 970 Seminar: Historical Geography
GEOG 970 Seminar: Sense of Place


Outstanding Educator Award (KU Chapter of Mortar Board), 1979 and 1997
KU Distinguished Teaching Award, 1984
Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, 1999
Undergraduate Teaching Award, Center for Teaching Excellence, KU 2000
Chancellor's Cup Career Teaching Award, 2009

Graduation Recognition Ceremony
Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science Events
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