Anne Kelly Knowles

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Anne Kelly Knowles (born 1957) is a American geographer and a specialist in Historical GIS. She received her MA and PhD from University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is currently works as an assistant professor of geography at Middlebury College.

Her first book, Calvinists Incorporated Welsh Immigrants on Ohio’s Industrial Frontier examined the influence of immigrants’ traditions and social values on their economic behavior during the industrialization of their new region as workers and investors in Welsh-owned charcoal iron companies.

Currently she is doing research using spatial analysis about the role of skilled ironworkers in the transfer of technology in the U.S. iron industry 1800-1868.

In 2002 she edited the first book ever published with case studies of the use of Historical GIS in various disciplines. She was also guest editor of a special issue of the journal Social Science History about this field.


  • Knowles, Anne Kelly ed. 2005. Emerging Trends in Historical GIS. In Historical Geography, Baton Rouge, LA: Geoscience Publications.
  • Knowles, Anne Kelly, 2002. Past Time, Past Place: GIS for History. ESRI press ISBN 1589480325
  • Knowles, Anne Kelly ed. 2000. Historical GIS: The Spatial Turn in Social Science History, Social Science History 24 (3).
  • Knowles, Anne Kelly. 1997. Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio’s Industrial Frontier. ISBN 0226448533