Growing up in rural Maine, I was fascinated by maps and faraway places but I never thought about geography as a career until stumbling upon an undergraduate course in Human Geography. I was fascinated by one assignment in particular, a retail location exercise for which the other students and I had to choose and defend plausible locations for various kinds of stores (I did a furniture store). I was hooked and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Geography at Dartmouth College and two graduate degress at the University of Kentucky.
I began teaching at CWU in January 2009 after 10 years working at a similar university in Wisconsin and several years of professional experience as a cargo marketing executive with Singapore Airlines in Singapore. At CWU, I teach World Regional Geography, Introduction to Human Geography, Introduction to Economic Geography, Quantitative Methods in Geography, Geography of International Trade, and Geography of Asia. I am also a member of the Services & Activities Committee which plays a key role in allocating millions of dollars in student fees each year.
My particular areas of expertise include the airline and aircraft industries as well as freight transportation. In 2010, a book that I wrote, The Economic Geography of Air Transportation: Space, Time, and the Freedom of the Sky , was published by Routledge. The book's scope includes the current battle between Airbus and Boeing for supremacy in the sky, the ascent of low-cost carriers like Southwest Airlines around the world, the geography of airborne terrorism, and the importance of airports as engines of economic development.
You can learn more about the courses I teach, my research interests, and my other professional activities by following the links at the left. For further information, please contact:
John Bowen, Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
Central Washington University
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926