Mark Monmonier

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Mark Stephen Monmonier (born 2 February 1943) is a Distinguished Professor of Geography at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He specializes in toponymy, geography, and geographic information systems. His popular written works show a combination of serious study and a sense of humor. Most of his work is published by University of Chicago Press. He has appeared on National Public Radio interview programs.

For example, in his work, From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow: how maps name, claim, and inflame, Monmonier discusses topics such as:

  • the propensity of conquerors to rename places after those friendly to the new regime.
  • the tension between place names assigned by the federal Board on Geographic Names and state and local government agencies.
  • the effects of political correctness and racism on place names.

In How to Lie with Maps, Monmonier gives us a different view of maps: different projections give vastly different impressions of the same "facts" or terrain.

Partial list of titles by the author

  • Air apparent: how meteorologists learned to map, predict, and dramatize weather, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, c1999.) ISBN 0-226-53422-7
  • Bushmanders & bullwinkles: how politicians manipulate electronic maps and census data to win elections, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, c2001). ISBN 0-226-53424-3
  • Cartographies of danger: mapping hazards in America, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.) ISBN 0-226-53419-7 (pbk.)
  • Coast Lines: How Mapmakers Frame the World and Chart Environmental Change (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.) ISBN 0-226-53403-9
  • Computer-assisted cartography : principles and prospects, (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, c1982.) ISBN 0-13-165308-3
  • Drawing the line: tales of maps and cartocontroversy, 1st ed., (New York: H. Holt, 1995.) ISBN 0-8050-2581-2
  • From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow: how maps name, claim, and inflame, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.) ISBN 0-226-53465-0
  • GIPSY: a geographic incremental plotting system by Mark Stephen Monmonier, (University Park, Pennsylvania: Dept. of Geography, Pennsylvania State University, 1969.)
  • How to lie with maps, 2nd ed., (Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c1996.) ISBN 0-226-53421-9 (paper)
  • Mark Monmonier and George A. Schnell, Map appreciation, (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, c1988.) ISBN 0-13-556052-7
  • Mapping it out: expository cartography for the humanities and social sciences, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.) ISBN 0-226-53417-0 (paper)
  • Maps, distortion, and meaning, (Washington: Association of American Geographers, c1977.) ISBN 0-89291-120-4
  • Maps with the news: the development of American journalistic cartography, (Paperback ed.), (Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1999.) ISBN 0-226-53413-8 (pbk.)
  • Rhumb lines and map wars: a social history of the Mercator projection, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, c2004.) ISBN 0-226-53431-6
  • Technological transition in cartography, (Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985.) ISBN 0-299-10070-7


U.S. Library of Congress catalog.

External links

  • Author's web site.
  • An excerpt from Air Apparent on television weather maps and forecasting.
  • An essay by Mark Monmonier titled "Spotting Bushmanders".
  • An essay by Mark Monmonier titled "Ten Risky Places."
  • An excerpt from From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow: How Maps Name, Claim, and Inflame.
  • An essay by Mark Monmonier titled "Eleven Ways You Are Being Watched".