John C. Hudson Professor; Director of Geography Program; Associate Director, Environmental Sciences Program

Research and teaching interests

Cultural and physical geography of North America, biogeography, economic geography, cartography and mapping, geographic information systems.

Biography

John C. Hudson, who joined the Northwestern University faculty in 1971, has been a member of the Anthropology Department since 1987, when geography activities were moved to anthropology.  From 1975 to 1982, he was editor of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers

Among his books are Plains Country Towns (University of Minnesota Press, 1985) which won the first J. B. Jackson Prize awarded by the Association of American Geographers; Making the Corn Belt (Indiana University Press, 1994); Across This Land: A Regional Geography of the United States and Canada (Johns Hopkins, 2002); and Chicago: A Geography of the City and Its Region (University of Chicago Press, 2006). 

He was a Guggenheim fellow in 1988-89.  He has published articles on mathematical geography, historical migration patterns, and the settlement history of the Great Plains.

Recent courses taught  

Geography 

  • 211 - World Biogeography
  • 235 - Atmosphere and Climate
  • 240 - Economic Geography
  • 313 - North America
  • 328 - Human Use of the Earth 

  • 341 - Principles of Cartography

  • 343 - Geographic Information Systems
Environmental sciences 

  • 398 - 1, 2 Environmental Research Seminar

Selected publications

Books 

2002    Across This Land: A Regional Geography of the United States and Canada. Johns Hopkins University Press. 



2006    Chicago: A Geography of the city and its region. Forthcoming, Center for American Places and the University of Chicago Press.