John Morgan is a cultural geographer whose research focuses on landscapes of the U.S. South, food geography, and vernacular regions.  He is  author of The Log House in East Tennessee , coauthor of The Unknown World of the Mobile Home, and he is working with fellow E & H geographer Edward Davis to complete a book manuscript on Collards and the American South.  Most of Morgan’s research is based on field observation and data collected in the field.  He has incorporated E & H students into several of his field projects, including the completion of several historic buildings surveys in East Tennessee.  Morgan is currently involved in a field project in which he compares and contrasts the historic role and characteristics of relict lime kilns in Appalachia and England. 

Courses currently taught include:  Weather and Climate; U.S. and Canada; Conservation of Natural Resources; Economic Geography; Land Use Planning; Food, Energy, and Agriculture, and History and Geography of Virginia and Tennessee.  Morgan also regularly leads students on summer travel study ventures to the American West and the Gulf Coast.


Collards in the American South; Liming Appalachia

Student Research:

Coyote Invasion of Southwest Virginia; Hunting Activities of Southwest Virginia College Students; Historic Buildings of East Tennessee

Upcoming Research:

Paving Brick Manufacturing in the U.S. South

Educational Background

  • B.A., M.A.,, East Carolina University
  • Ph.D., University of Tennessee