Biography

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.

Research:

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