Office/Department: Geography, Department of
Location: Sattgast Hall 124
Phone: (218) 755-3350
Box #: 27
Jill Stackhouse is an Associate Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography at Bemidji State University. Self described as an Urban Geographer, Dr. Stackhouse teaches a wide variety of subjects across the discipline including Latin American Geography, Sustainable Cities, and is introducing a course on World Cities. She also teaches core geography courses such as Human Geography, Economic Geography and World Regional Geography along with other regional courses on the Middle East and South, East and Southeast Asia. She has also taught GIS and Cartography for several semesters.
Dr. Stackhouse has been an instructor since 2000 and began teaching at Bemidji State in 2012. Her regional courses capitalize on her extensive travels.
Dr. Stackhouse earned her PhD in Geography from Syracuse University in 2007 and her MA in Geography at Georgia State in 2001. She also holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in Geography and Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State and Oregon State University, respectively. Dr. Stackhouse’s dissertation entitled “The State of Housing, the Business of the State” examined housing and urban development in Santiago Chile between 1973-1989. Her experience in a large corporation provided supported a more rigorous analysis of the entrepreneurial housing policies promoted by the military government in Chile. This topic positioned Dr. Stackhouse well to teach a variety of subjects including Latin American Geography, Economic Geography, Political Geography and Urban Geography. While not fluent in Spanish, she manages.
Presently, Dr. Stackhouse’s research interests focus on two linked areas: Urban development and sustainability. She is currently exploring options for research in Central America.
Dr. Stackhouse has also recently published (September 2016) a reader to supplement both her Introduction to World Regional Geography. Specifically geared to new students of geography, the anthology entitled Spatial Connections will use a variety of readings that touch on all sub-disciplines of the field.
Dr. Stackhouse has also reviewed a number of proposed textbooks in Human and Cultural geography. She is an active member of the University Assessment Committee and the Gateway to Success steering committee (G2C Gardner Institute)
In 2012, Dr. Stackhouse collaborated with Naturalist Dirk Stevenson, The Amphibians and Reptiles of the Altamaha River, Georgia has been submitted for publication (September 2012). It features an analysis and GIS mapping of herpetological fauna near the Altamaha River collected through extensive surveys.
In her spare time, Dr. Stackhouse travels. Recent adventures include trips to the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (2017) and to Panama (2017) and closer to home, across the Dakotas (2016). Other trips have taken her to Eastern Europe, Madagascar, Morocco, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Nepal and China. Check out her postcard bulletin board across from her office! Favorite photos often appear in her lectures and among the galleries of the department web page.