John Bowen joined CWU in 2008 after ten years teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. A native of New England, John graduated with a BA from Dartmouth College in 1988 and a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1993. Apart from his work in academia, John also has real-world business experience: he was a cargo marketing executive at Singapore Airlines’ headquarters in Singapore for three years in the 1990s. As an economic geographer and a transportation geographer, his particular areas of expertise include the airline industry, the aircraft industry, and Southeast Asia. At CWU, he teaches World Regional Geography (101), Introduction to Human Geography (108), Economic Geography (304), Geography of International Trade (460), and the Geography of Asia (475) - among other courses.
John is the recipient of several research grants. From 2000 to 2004, he was a principal investigator for a National Science Foundation project titled "Air Cargo Services and Competitive advantage in Industrializing Economies." He has published his research in journals such as Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Economic Geography,Journal of Transport Geography, and Professional Geography. John is completing a book called The Economic Geography of Air Transportation: Space, Time, and the Freedom of the Sky which will be published by Routledge. When not working, John enjoys traveling with his family and running against the Ellensburg winds.
The geography department is hosting Dr. Issaka Kanton Osamuna, a visiting Fulbright Scholar from GhaCentral Washington Historical Aerial Photograph Project
The Geography Department's digital collection of historical aerial photographs is available online.