Instructor in Geography
Hi, my name is Anne Donovan. I am an Instructor of Geography. I have been a member of the Social Sciences Department since Fall 2008. My most recent research explores the social geography of informal gathering places in rural towns, such as cafes, taverns, and C-stores, and what these mean for community attachment. So, I’ve been eating and drinking my way through rural towns in the Emporia area and meeting a whole bunch of really nice people.
My main research interest is food geography, especially the aspects of consumption. One of my favorite paper presentations was titled: "Tentacles? Testicles! I’m not eating that!" I discussed what my students found too disgusting to eat (squid and Rocky Mountain oysters). I published a paper that explores barbeque and Juneteenth celebrations as culinary tourism attractions. My master’s thesis was on agritourism and the spatial patterns of corn mazes in the Upper Midwest.
Each semester I teach several sections of World Regional Geography along with one upper division geography course. I have taught Economic Geography, Political Geography, Geography of the U.S. and Canada, Geography of Europe, and Geography of the Great Plains. I hope to teach a Food Geography course in the future.
I am also the faculty advisor for JA Sakura, the Japanese student organization.
My office phone is 620-341-5572 and email is firstname.lastname@example.org.