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Dr. RJ Rowley

Associate Professor
Ofc International Engagement
Felmley Hall of Science - FHS 200c
Office Hours
Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, 1-2 pm
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Ph.D., Geography, University of Kansas--M.A., Geography, University of Kansas--B.S., Geography, Brigham Young University

Current Courses

292.001Career Preparation In Geography II

287.002Independent Study - Geography

303.001Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

303.002Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

303.003Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

403.001Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

403.002Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

403.003Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

398.001Professional Practice: Internship in Geography

306.001Regional And Area Studies: West Texas/New Mexico

287.002Independent Study - Geography

265.001Our National Parks

398.001Professional Practice: Internship in Geography

398.002Professional Practice: Internship in Geography

135.004World Geography

Teaching Interests & Areas

Field-based courses in Japan and New Mexico/West Texas,
Urban Geography,
Introductory World and Human Geography,
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Research Interests & Areas

Sense of Place,
Place-based Identity,
Las Vegas,
Nuclear Landscapes,
Casino Landscapes,
Cultural Impacts of Sea Level Rise

Ph D Urban and Cultural Geography

University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas

MA Geography

University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas

BS Geography

Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah

Landscape Photography Competition

AAG Landscape Specialty Group

Book Review

Rowley, Rex J.  2016. Review of: The Garage: Automobility and Building Innovation in America’s Early Auto Age. By John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle.  Social & Cultural Geography 17, no. 7: 984-986. doi:10.1080/14649365.2016.1154127.

Rowley, Rex J.  2015. Review of: Fluid New York: Cosmopolitan Urbanism and the Green Imagination. By May Joseph.  Urban Geography 36, no. 3: 460-461. doi:10.1080/02723638.2014.1000067.

Book, Authored

Rowley, Rex J.  2013.  Everyday Las Vegas: Local Life in a Tourist Town. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 272 p. (Paperback, published February, 2014).

Book, Chapter

Rowley, Rex J. 2018. “Landscapes of Recovery: Shifting Senses of Place Attachment in Kesennuma, Japan” in Explorations in Place Attachment, edited by Jeffery Smith, 211-225. London: Routledge.

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.

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.

Journal Article

Rowley, Rex J. 2020. “Evoking a Shifting Sense of Place in One Museum Following the 3/11 Tsunami in Japan.” Asian Geographer, 37, no. 2: 145-70. doi: 10.1080/10225706.2019.1703768
Rowley, Rex J. 2020. “Under Threat of Fire.” GeoHumanities, 6, no. 2: 424-431. doi: 10.1080/2373566X.2020.1778501
Rowley, Rex J. 2019. “Kiribati at the Center of the World.” FOCUS on Geography, 62, no. 4. doi: 10.21690/foge/2019.62.4p
Rowley, Rex J. 2018. “Voluntary Regions and the Case of Las Vegas.” Journal of Cultural Geography, 35, no. 1: 102-32. doi: 10.1080/08873631.2017.1375371.
Rabie, A., Peterson, E. W., Kostelnick, J. C., and Rowley, R. J., 2017, Optimizing DEM resolution inputs and number of stream gauges in GIS predictions of flood inundation: A case study along the Illinois River (IL), USA: Environmental and Engineering Geoscience, doi:10.2113/EEG-1890.


Rowley, Rex J. 2019. “Antecedent Landscapes and Las Vegas Casinos: Exploring Place through a Referential Perspective.” Annual Meeting of the International Society for Landscape, Place, and Material Culture, Detroit, MI, October 10-12, 2019.
Rowley, Rex J. 2018. “Evoking a Sense of Place Through Museum Design in Kesennuma, Japan.” Annual Meeting of the International Society for Landscape, Place, and Material Culture, New Orleans, LA, September 27-29, 2018.
Rowley, Rex J. 2017. “Faith, Sin City, and a Sense of Place in Las Vegas.” Annual Meeting of the International Society for Landscape, Place, and Material Culture, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 19-20, 2017.
Learning Geography in Japan: A Study Abroad Field Experience. GGGeo Colloquium Series. Department of Geography-Geology. (2016)
Determining Effects of Physical Characteristics of Storm Sewer Sheds on Water Quality of an Urban Streams in Bloomington, IL. Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America. Geological Society of America. (2014)
Discussion and Q&A for Everyday Las Vegas. Brandeis University Las Vegas Chapter, Book and Author Series. Brandeis University Las Vegas Chapter. (2014)
Emerging World Cities: A Discussion About Dilemmas and Possibilities. International Studies Seminar: World Cities. ISU Office of International Studies and Programs. (2014)
Evoking Las Vegas Place Particularity and Typicality through Popular Music. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Association of American Geographers. (2014)
Neighborhood Casinos in Illinois. Annual Meeting of the Illinois Geographical Society. Illinois Geographical Society. (2014)
Rebooting Devil’s Lake Fieldtrips With Mobile GIS, Apps, and Maps. GGGeo Colloquium Series. Department of Geography-Geology. (2014)

Grants & Contracts

International Travel Grant. CAS. Illinois State University. (2015)
Pretenure Faculty Innovation Grant. College of Arts and Sciences. Illinois State University. (2015)
Kenneth A. and Mary Ann Shaw Teaching Fellowship. College of Arts and Sciences. Illinois State University. (2014)
Neighborhood Casinos in Illinois: A Statewide Spatial Analysis of Gaming Patterns. Illinois Geographical Society. State. (2014)
New Faculty Innovation Grant. College of Arts and Sciences. Illinois State University. (2014)