Professor of Geography

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Dr. Conzen is Professor of Geography. His research interests include include urban organization and change, resource use and management strategies, and landscape studies. He is the author of many works, including World Patterns in Modern Urban Change, Boston: A Geographical Portrait, and The Making of the American Landscape. His work with the Committee on Geographical Studies looks to investigate the organization of area, exploration of the earth environment and of its interactions with human life, and inquire into the geographical dimensions of cultures and societies.

Member, Editorial Board, University of Chicago "Chicago Studies" Series (established in 2008) Published for the College of the University by the University of Chicago Press, 2008-

Member, Editorial Board, University of Chicago Geography Research Papers Series, University of Chicago Press

Member, Board of the Graham School of General Studies (2009-2012), Chairman (2011-12)

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1972 (Geography)

President of the International Seminar on Urban Form (2009-2013); Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (1998- )

Distinguished Scholarship Honors, Association of American Geographers, 1998

Visiting Professor, University of Würzburg, Germany (Institut für Geographie, 2009); Alma Mater Studiorum-Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italy (Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche, Sede di Geografia, 2008); University of Oregon (Benjamin H. & Louise L. Carroll Visiting Chair in Urban Studies, Dept. of Geography, 2003); University of Basel, Switzerland (Departement Geographie, Abteilung Humangeographie, 1999); Visiting Professor, Institut für Geographie, University of Vienna, Austria (1996); The Free University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany (John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, 1995)

Selected Publications

The Shapers of Urban Form: Explorations in Morphological Agency, (contributed essay in, and book co-edited with Peter J. Markham) London: Rutledge, 2014, 335 pp.

[Korean-language edition of The Making of the American Landscape. 2nd edition (Editor and contributor) Foreword by Donald W. Meinig. New York: Routledge, 2010, 543 pp.

"A Cartographic Analysis of Como's Urban Morphology," in C. Cerreti, Laura Federzoni, and S. Salgaro (eds.), Cartografia di Paesaggi, Paesaggi nella Cartografia. Bologna: Pàtron Editore (Geografia e organizzazione dello sviluppo territoriale, Studi regionali e monografici) 2010, pp. 149-166.

"What is a 'World-Class' Urban Park? Chicago's Millennium Park and the Meaning of Public Space in the Global City," in Silvia Gaddoni (ed.), Public Spaces and Urban Parks in Contemporary Cities (Bologna: Pàtron Editore, 2010), pp. 327-354.[Published in English and Italian]

"How Cities Internalize their Former Urban Fringes: A Cross-Cultural Comparison," chapter 3 in Urban Morphology, Architectural Typology and Cities in Transition, edited by Yinsheng Tian, Kai Gu, and Wei Tao (Beijing: Science Press, 2014), pp 20-55.

Mapping Manifest Destiny: Chicago and the American West (with Diane Dillon). Chicago: The Newberry Library, 2007, 120 pp.

"The Non-Pennsylvania Town: Diffusion of Urban Plan Forms in the American West," Geographical Review, vol. 96, no. 2 (April 2006), pp. 183-211.

Thinking About Urban Form: Papers on Urban Morphology, 1932-1998 (Editor) by M. R. G. Conzen. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2004, 304 pp.

The Encyclopedia of Chicago. (Cartographic Editor), edited by James R. Grossman, Anne Durkin Keating, and Janice L. Reiff. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004. 1152 pp., 56 p. color insert, 475 halftones, 442 maps, 10 tables.

"Anatomie d'une ville américaine au plan orthogonal: Paris sans Haussmann / Anatomy of an American Grid Town: Paris without Haussmann," Enseignement-Architecture-Ville: La Revue de l'École d'Architecture de Versailles / Versailles Architecture School Journal, Numéro 7, 2001-2002, pp. 72-84. [Parallel texts in French and English]

"Cultural Landscape in Geography," International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 5, ed. by Neil Smelser and Paul B. Baltes (Oxford: Elsevier, 2001), pp. 3086-3092. 

"American Homelands: A Dissenting View," Chap. 15 in Homelands in the United States edited by Richard L. Nostrand and Lawrence E. Estaville (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001), pp. 238-271, pp. 238-271, and 301-306.

"The Clash of Utopias: Sisterdale and the Six-Sided Struggle for the Texas Hill Country," Chap. 6 in Cultural Encounters with the Environment: Enduring and Evolving Geographic Themes edited by Alexander B. Murphy and Douglas L. Johnson (Totowa, NJ: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000), pp. 39-58.

A Scholar's Guide to Geographical Writing on the American and Canadian Past. (Co-editor, with Thomas A. Rumney and Graeme Wynn) Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, Geography Research Papers Series, no. 235, 1993. 746 pp. Paper bound.

World Patterns of Modern Urban Change: Essays in Honor of Chauncy D. Harris. (Editor and contributor) Chicago: University of Chicago Department of Geography Research Paper no. 217-18, 1986. 479pp. Paper bound.

Chicago Mapmakers: Studies in the Rise of the City's Map Trade. (Editor and contributor) Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, for the Chicago Map Society, 1984. 76pp. Cloth bound. (Also published as a special issue of Chicago History, vol. 13, no. 1, 1984)

Boston: A Geographical Portrait. (with George K. Lewis) Cambridge, Mass.: Ballinger Publishing Company, 1976. 87pp. Paper bound.