Joseph Swain, Ph.D.
Witherspoon Building Room 266
407 West Q Street
Russellville, AR 72801
Dr. Joseph Swain is a cultural and historical geographer with a particular interest in monuments, memorials and the politics of collective memory. His recent research includes history maps for two University of Arkansas Press textbooks on Arkansas and Oklahoma, geographical analysis for advancing local food initiatives in the Ozark and Ouachita regional food system, and ongoing work mapping source areas of pioneer migration to Arkansas. Previous research at the University of Oklahoma examined public commemoration of the Oklahoma State Centennial, and collaborative work on mapping source areas of pioneer migration to Oklahoma.
In addition to World Regional Geography which counts towards the general education curriculum, Dr. Swain is responsible for teaching geography courses that contribute to the following programs at Arkansas Tech University: Social Sciences Education, History, Public History, International Studies, and the Geography Minor (18 hrs). He also teaches Geographic Information Systems which serves as an option towards other programs on campus, including Fisheries and Wildlife and Geology. Dr. Swain is the current chair of ATU's General Education Committee (yr2013-2014) and serves as the chair of the assessment committee for the Department of History and Political Science.
May 2008, Ph.D., Geography, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. Dissertation: Claims to History: Commemorating Progress in Oklahoma Territory, 1989-2007.
December 2003, M.A., Geography, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL. Master's Thesis: Changes in Location and Concentration of Ethnic Groups in the Western United States, 1980-2000.
May 2000, B.S. Social Sciences Education, Northwestern States University, Natchitoches, LA.
July 2013: Maps for Arkansas: A Narrative History by Jeannie M Whayne et al. [2nd Edition.]Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press.
Swain, Joseph and Morgan Womack. 2013. "Mapping Foodshed Development: Market Opportunities and Obstacles in the Ozark-Ouachita Food System." Chapter 3 in Sustainable Food Systems in the Ozark-Ouachita Region: Opportunities, Obstacles, & Resources. Interdisciplinary Research Collaborative Grant Report: Arkansas Tech University, 53-79.
Maps for Michael T. Rodgers. 2012. A Civics Education Crisis. The Midsouth Political Science Review, Special Edition: Civic Education.
Book Review: Robin A. Butlin. 2009. Geographies of Empire: European Empires and Colonies c. 1880-1960. Cambridge University Press, 673 pp. in World History Bulletin, Spring 2010.
Forthcoming Publications: Maps for When the Wolf Came: The Civil War and the Indian Territory by Mary Jane Warde. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press.
Joseph Swain. Lecture Presentation: Arkansas Geography. Summer Teacher Institute, K-12 Initiative – College of Arts & Humanities, July 9, 2012, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR.
Joseph Swain. Paper Presentation: Standing Bear Memorial: Native Voices on Culture, Exclusion, and Environmental Conflict in Ponca City, OK. Southwestern Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, October 29-31, 2009, North Little Rock, AR.
Joseph Swain. Research Presentation: The Resettlement of Oklahoma: Pioneer Migration, 1889-1907. Social Sciences and Philosophy "Lunch & Learn" Series, October 1, 2008, Arkansas Tech University.
Joseph Swain. Paper Presentation: The Resettlement of Oklahoma: An Examination of Source Areas for White Pioneer Migration, 1889-1907. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, April 17-21, 2007, San Francisco.