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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 (Spring/Summer 2015)

  • Japan’s People and Places (study abroad)–Summer
  • Human Geography (Geog 142)–Summer
  • Maps and Society (Geog 138)–Spring
  • Introduction to Geographic Information systems (Geog 303)–Spring

Recent Publications

Rowley, Rex J.  2015. “Faith Islands in Hedonopolis: Ambivalent Adaptation in Las Vegas,” in The Changing World Religion Map: Sacred Places, Identities, Practices and Politics, Volume 4, edited by Stanley D. Brunn, 2265-2284. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

Sagers, Glen, Bryan Hosack, Rex J. Rowley, Doug Twitchell, and Ranjitha Nagaraj.  2015.  “Where’s the Security in WiFi: An Argument for Industry Awareness,” HICSS 48 (48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences): 5453-5461. doi: 10.1109/HICSS.2015.641.

Rowley, Rex J.  Published online 2014; print forthcoming.  “Multidimensional Community and the Las Vegas Experience.”  GeoJournal, DOI: 10.1007/s10708-014-9561-y.

Rowley, Rex J.  2012 (2014 release of backdated issue).  “Becoming Las Vegas: Opportunity and Challenge with the Building of Boulder Dam.” Nevada Historical Society Quarterly 55, no 1-4: 3-35.

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

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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