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Featured Faculty Member for April: - PEGGY GRIPSHOVER, Ph.D., is an associate professor who joined the Department of Geography and Geology faculty in August 2009. Prior to coming to WKU, she was a faculty member 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 horses in Kentucky. One of her current research projects involves using Kentucky Derby winners’ foaling locations to analyze agricultural land use change in Central Kentucky. Her research on horses also extends to the American Saddlebred, a breed that was developed in Kentucky. 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 is also involved in research in the Bowling Green area. She is examining the cultural and environmental connections between Bowling Green’s karst topography and the life of Henry C. Jamison, a former slave who lived in city’s historically African American “Shake Rag” neighborhood. Dr. Gripshover recently presented her research on Bowling Green’s 19th and early 20th century neighborhoods and the role of gender and family structure in the transition of those neighborhoods to commercial land uses. Dr. Gripshover, along with husband (and geographer) Dr. Thomas L. Bell, have published research on the Great Chicago Fire as well as 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. In 2013, she was named State Geographer for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. She also serves on the board of the Kentucky Geographic Names Committee and the Kentucky Geographic Alliance. Dr. Gripshover’s current teaching responsibilities include Honors in World Regional Geography, Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, Urban Geography, and the Geography of Kentucky. For more information about Dr. Gripshover’s teaching and research interests, contact her via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Department of Geography and Geology at WKU offers excellent undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities and is a leader in relevant research and public service. Read about the Department's Study Abroad and international activities in the Alumni Magazine. Learn More...
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