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I teach in the Department of Geography-Geology at Illinois State University.  My courses include urban geography, geographic information systems (GIS), introductory human and regional courses, and regional field courses.  I research and write about topics related to how people relate to and interact with their places, broadly falling under subdisciplines of sense of place and urban/cultural geography.  In all I do, I try to integrate human geography and geographic information science.  My first book, Everyday Las Vegas, is about such topics and was recently published by the University of Nevada Press.


Ph.D. in Geography (with honors): University of Kansas, May 2009
Emphasis: sense of place and urban/cultural geography

M.A. in Geography: University of Kansas, May 2005
Emphasis: combining geographic techniques and cultural/environmental geography

B.S. in Geography (cum laude): Brigham Young University, August 2002
Minor: Japanese

Currently Teaching (Fall 2013)

  • Urban Geography World Regional Geography (Geog 336)

Recent Publications

Rowley, Rex J. 2013.  Everyday Las Vegas: Local Life in a Tourist Town. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 272 p.  Everyday Las Vegas, Home Page

Rex J. Rowley. Forthcoming, 2013. “Faith Islands in Hedonopolis: Ambivalent Adaptation in Las Vegas,” in The Changing World Religion Map, edited by Stanley D. Brunn, New York: Springer.

Rowley, Rex J. Forthcoming. “Becoming Las Vegas: Opportunity and Challenge with the Building of Boulder Dam.” Nevada Historical Society Quarterly.

Rowley, Rex J.  2013. “Where Locals Play: Neighborhood Casino Landscapes in Las Vegas,” in Frontiers in Chance: Gaming Research Across the Disciplines, edited by David G. Schwartz, 99–114.  Las Vegas: UNLV Gaming Press.

Kostelnick, John C., David McDermott, Rex J. Rowley, and Nathaniel Bunnyfield.  2013.  “Cartographic Methods for Visualizing Sea Level Rise.” Cartographica 48, no. 3: 200–224.

Rowley, Rex J. 2012. “Religion in Sin City.” Geographical Review 102, no. 1: 76–92.

Bowen, Carol, John C. Kostelnick, David McDermott, Danny Rowland, and Rex J. Rowley. 2012. “Building and Sustaining a GIS Education Program for Indian Country at Haskell Indian Nations University,” in Tribal GIS: Supporting Native American Decision Making, edited by Anne Taylor, David Gadsden, Joseph J. Kerski, and Heather Warren, 113–18. Redlands CA: ESRI Press.

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