Dr. Michael Yoder

Associate Professor, Adjunct


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

Department Phone: 501-450-3164
FAX: 501-852-2926
E-mail: myoder@uca.edu

Areas of Interest:

  • Economic
  • Urban
  • Arkansas and Texas
  • Mexico
  • Central America


  • Principles of Geography
  • World Regional Geography
  • Economic
  • Political
  • Latin America
  • U.S. Historical
  • Urban and Regional Planning


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



  • (Under Review).  Transportation Geography of the Greater Big Bend Region:  Notes on Two Binational Freight Corridors.  Journal of Big Bend Studies.
  • 2020 Book Review: Settlers as Conquerors: Free Land Policy in Antebellum America, Julius Wilm. (Franz Steiner Verlag, 2018).  Journal of Historical Geography, 66: 113-114.
  • 2018  “Cargo Transport and Economic Development in the Chihuahua-Albuquerque Corridor: An Emerging Binational ‘Megapolitan’ Area.”  The International Trade Journal.  32(4): 1-11.
  • 2016  “Cargo Transportation Infrastructure and Urban Regional Development: The Fort Smith Metropolitan Area.”  Urbana. 17: 14-31.
  • 2015  “The Sprawling of Small Cities of Arkansas: The Case for Sustainable Urban Planning.”  Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service.  Bowen School of Law, University of Arkansas at Little Rock.Invited Essay.
  • 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:

  • 2023. Book: Geographical Scale and Economic Development: Lessons Learned in Texas and Mexico.  (Springer Nature)
  • (In Press). Forestry and Evolving Climate Governance of Costa Rica and Panama, 1969-2022.  In: P. Haruna et al, eds.,  Climate Governance in International and Comparative Perspective: Issues and Experiences in Africa, Latin American, and the Caribbean, Information Age Publications.
  • 2022  Online Qualitative Research Techniques for the Geography of Economic Development. Sage Research Methods Cases.
  • 2021  Community Assessment and Asset Mapping, in Liz Russell, ed., Community Development Handbook: 41-58.  Atlanta: Community Development Council.
  • 2010 “La infraestructura del transporte y la planeación urbana en la zona fronteriza 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.