Western Kentucky University

Department of Geography and Geology - Margaret "Peggy" Gripshover

gripshover Associate Professor of Geography


She joined the Department of Geography and Geology faculty in August 2009. Prior to joining the faculty at WKU, she taught at Marshall University and the University of Tennessee (UT). Her research is centered on the interplay between cultural, historical, and economic geography in the U.S. South, and the Midwest. She earned her Ph.D. in Geography from UT, where she wrote her dissertation on the development and diffusion of the Tennessee Walking Horse. She has continued her interests in equine geographies with research on mules and the historical geography of horse racing in Kentucky, especially the Kentucky Derby. Dr. Gripshover also has interests in sports geography, specifically baseball. She is writing a book on the life and times of Charles H. Weeghman--the man who built what we now know as Wrigley Field in Chicago. Dr. Gripshover’s book examines the roles that individual decision makers, like “Lucky” Charlie Weeghman, have had on shaping the cultural and economic landscape of Chicago. In addition to her Weeghman book project, her research on “Wrigleyville,” the neighborhood surrounding Wrigley Field appeared as a book chapter in Northsiders (McFarland, 2008). She has published journal articles on baseball players’ involvement in dog fighting during the early 1900s, and the role of weather in early 20th century spring training in the Baseball Research Journal.

Dr. Gripshover has research interests in the historical geography of Bowling Green, Kentucky. She recently presented a paper on cultural connections between the area’s karst topography and the life of Henry C. Jamison, an African American “sink digger.” Mr. Jamison was a former slave who lived in Bowling Green’s Shake Rag neighborhood. Dr. Gripshover, along with husband (and geographer) Dr. Thomas L. Bell, have published research on the Great Chicago Fire and on the changing landscapes and technologies associated with onion farming in the U.S.   Dr. Gripshover and Dr. Bell also serve as co-editors of the journal, FOCUS on Geography, published by the American Geographical Society. Dr. Gripshover’s current teaching responsibilities include World Regional Geography, Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, Urban Geography, North America, and the Geography of Kentucky. For more information about Dr. Gripshover’s teaching and research interests, contact her via e-mail at margaret.gripshover@wku.edu.

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