Dr. Michael Yoder

Associate Professor

Burdick 318 D

(501) 450-5638

201 Donaghey Avenue
Department of Geography
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR 72035

Office: Burdick 318 D
Office Phone: 501-450-5638
Department Phone: 501-450-3164
FAX: 501-852-2926

Areas of Interest

Central America

Principles of Geography
World Regional Geography
Latin America
U.S. Historical
CED Seminar

Ph.D. Louisiana State University, 1994
M.A. University of South Carolina, 1989
B.B.A. University of Houston, 1981



2014  "Foreign Direct Investment and Commercial Property Development in a US-Mexico Border City."  Urbana: Urban Affairs and Public Policy, Vol. XV:  1-14.

2012 "Entrepreneurial Governance and Economic Development in Micropolitan Cities of Arkansas,"  Midsouth Political Science Review 13(2): 47-80.

2009 "Landscapes of Industry and Transport: Monclova and Torreon, Mexico." Journal of Big Bend Studies, Vol. 21: 179 - 200.

2009 "Contemporary Urban Landscapes of the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas: The Geography of Inland Ports." Southwestern Geographer, Vol. 11 (2007): 92 - 112.

2007 "The Infrastructure of International Trade, and the Political and Economic Landscapes of Cameron County, Texas and Matamoros, Tamaulipas." Proceedings, 12th Annual Conference, Western Hemispheric Integration in a Competitive Global Environment. Laredo, Texas: Texas A & M International University.

2004 "Evolution of a Commercial Strip in a Texas-Mexico Border City: Laredo's San Antonio Highway." Southwestern Geographer, VII: 49 - 75.

2002 "A Mexican Border City in the Global Periphery: Piedras Negras and Steel Manufacturing, 1935 - 1990." Urbana Vol. 7 (2) Autumn.

2002 "La industria premaquiladora y su impacto sobre la geografia urbana y economica de Piedras Negras, Coahiuila, Mexico." Urbana Vol. 7 (2) Autumn.

2001 "Social Housing in Northeastern Mexico: Aesthetics, the Ideology of Subsidy, and the Personalization of Living Space." Urbana Vol. 6 (2) Autumn.

2000 "Social Housing in a Mexican Border City: Geography, Architecture, Political Economy." South Eastern Latin Americanist Vol. 44, No. 1 (July).

2000 "Neoliberalism' and Urban Design in the Mexico-U.S. Border Region: The Case of the Two Laredos." SECOLAS Annals Vol. 31 (October).

1999 "Monclova, Coahuila: The Social Geography of a Medium-Sized Industrial City of Northern Mexico." SECOLAS Annals Vol 30 (March).

1999 "Suburban Growth in a Northeastern Mexican City: The Case of Saltillo, Coahuila." Rio Bravo Vol. 5 (1) Spring.

1998 "El crecimiento de la zona suburbana de Saltillo, Coahuila." Perfiles Vol. 2, No. 8 (November): 24 - 26.

1996 "Cattle Production, Global Markets, and the Transformation of a Small-Farm Community in Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula." SECOLAS Annals Vol. 27 (March)

1995 "The View From Down Here: The Workings of Costa Rica's Social Democracy in a Nicoyan Small Farm Community." South Eastern Latin Americanist Vol. 35 (1): 41 - 52.

1993 "The Discovery of Alternative Smallholder Persistence Strategies in Central America: The Costa Rican Campesino and Non-Traditional Crops." SECOLAS Annals Vol. 24 (March): 106 - 115.

1993 "The Latin American Plantation Economy and the World Economy: The Case of the Yucatecan Henequen Industry." Review Vol. 16 (3) (Summer): 319 - 337.

1990 "Campesino Persistence in El Valle del General, Costa Rica." Conference Proceedings, Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (October): 291 - 295.

Book Chapters

2010 "La infraestructura del transporte y la planeación urbana en la zona fronterixa México y Texas: el caso del desarrollo de tres puentes internacionales." In Roberto García and José Antonio Trujeque Díaz, editors, El noreste de México y Texas: asimetrías y convergencias territoriales en las releciones transfronterizas, pp. 89 - 119. Tijuana: Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF).

2008 "Globalization and the Evolving Port Landscape of Progreso," in: Eric N. Baklanoff and Edward H. Moseley, eds., Yucatan in an Era of Globalization, pp. 42-68.  Tuscaloosa:  University of Alabama Press.

2006 "Globalization, Neoliberal Policies, and the Changing Landscapes of Small Cities: The Case of Ciudad Lerdo, Durango, Mexico."In Benjamin Ofari, ed., Beyond the Meropolis: Urban Geography as if Small Cities Mattered. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, pp. 139 - 160.

2004 With Renee LaPerrierre. "Social Geography of Laredo Neighborhoods: Distinctiveness and Diversity in a Majority Hispanic Place," in Dan Arreola, ed., Hispanic Spaces, Latino Places: A Geogaphy of Regional and Cultural Diversity. Austin: University of Texas Press, pp 55 - 76.

2000 With Miguel de Oliver. "Postmodernity and the Borderlands: Symbolic Democracy and Ethnic Disparities," in James Norwine and Jonathan Smith, eds., Worldview Flux: Perplexed Values Among Postmodern Peoples. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, pp. 87 - 109.

2000 "El estilo suburbano fronerizo: influencias desde ambos lados" in Maria Elena Ramos, et al., eds., Economia, mujeres y Cultura en la frontera Mexico-Estados Unidos. Monterrey: Editorial Universidad de Monterrey.

1996 "The Feeder Cattle Industry in Saluda County, South Carolina." In Snapshots of the Carolinas, ed. Gordon Bennet. Washington, DC: Association of American Geographers.

1992 With Kent Mathewson. "Human Ecology" in G. Elbow, ed. New Approaches in Latin Americanist Geography. Auburn: CLAG Publications, pp. 37 - 43.