Glenn Humphress

Glenn Humphress

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Degree PhD in GEOG
Address 244 Hardin Hall - Section 39
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
Phone 402-429-2080
FAX 402-472-2946
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Advisor(s) J. Clark Archer

Greetings, my name is Glenn Humphress and I am a PhD student in the Geography and Spatial Science program here at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), as well as a geography instructor at Southeast Community College (SCC) also in Lincoln. My specialization is in political and historical geography, with a current focus on analyzing the defining and naming of places, and controversies there in, using cartography and GIS. Additionally I dabble in the history of geography and cartography, particularly the work of E.G. Ravenstein (1834-1913) who, while remembered today solely for his "Laws of Migration" papers, was in his day a respected and accomplished geographer and cartographer of diverse interests. Last, but certainly not least, I have been teaching in higher education since 1992 and am actively engaged in the development of quality educational material and delivery methods that utilize a blend of traditional, multimedia, and activity-based formats.

I have not always planned on a career in geography, in fact my bachelor's degree is in zoology, but I have been fascinated with maps and why locations differ for as long as I can remember and began to formally explore these through geography courses taken while an undergrad. By the time I graduated I was hooked and chose to pursue graduate work in geography. After parlaying the master's degree into a stint working for a global insurance corporation while teaching part-time, I have returned to academia full-time. Over the course of my career I have become a broadly-trained geographer with training in human geography, physical geography, and geospatial technology, a breadth that comes in handy with the diversity of courses I teach as a stand-alone geographer at a community college. My geography background is supplemented by training in anthropology, community and regional planning, ecology, economics, global business, global information technology, history, natural resources, and political science. I incorporate this diversity into my research and teaching, and I have been fortunate to participate in several projects that have both contributed to and drawn on my diverse background.

Away from academia, my wonderful and busy family consists of my wife, three kids, a dog, and a cat. What little free time I have beyond family and academics is generally taken up with martial arts, fishing, gardening, and constructing plastic model kits for pleasure and competition.

Selected Publications

Five maps appearing in Amy Nelson Burnett and Emidio Campi (eds.) Companion to the Swiss Reformation (Leiden:Brill)   On-Line


Selected Presentations

Mapping Geosynchronous Satellites
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 10/11/2013
  • Abstract:

    Over 400 satellites from almost 40 countries currently occupy Geosynchronous Earth Orbits (GEO), with the majority of these in geostationary orbit over the equator. In spite of the importance of these satellites to communications and other roles, and the limited number of geostationary orbital slots available, little attempt has been made to analyze the spatial characteristics of this recently created human ‘landscape’. This paper presents the results of an initial step in such an analysis, the mapping of geosynchronous satellites.

  • Full Citation: Humphress, Glenn O. 2013. Mapping Geosynchronous Satellites. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Great Plains/Rocky Mountains Division of the Association of American Geographers, October 11, 2013, Omaha, NE.
Comparing Measures of the Demographic Impact of Migration
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 4/19/2013
  • Abstract:

    Various measures have been developed with the goal of assessing the demographic impact of migration on locations, including net-migration rate, migration-effectiveness ratio, and migration-efficiency ratio. While each of these measures has received a level of support in the literature, to date there has been no comprehensive evaluation comparing these measures to each other. In this paper the relative strengths and weaknesses of each measure are discussed and county-level data from the 2000 Census for Nebraska are used to provide a case study in the comparison of these measures. The results show a high degree of correlation between all three measures, particularly between the effectiveness and efficiency ratios, indicating a significant amount of redundancy between them. Variability is greatest at the extreme high and low ends of comparisons between net-migration rate and each of the other two measures, which has implications for migration theory.

  • Full Citation: Humphress, Glenn O. 2013. Comparing Measures of the Demographic Impact of Migration. Paper presented at the 123rd Annual Meeting of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, April 19, 2013, Lincoln, NE.
Beyond Projecting Power in Ocean-Space: The Naval Vessel as Place
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 11/2/2012
  • Abstract:

    Naval vessels represent a high level of technological development and are often portrayed in sterile terms as military assets that project power in ocean-space, however ships also meet many of the criteria used for defining places in the geographic sense. For example these vessels have populations and community characteristics that can rival many land-based places, follow place-naming conventions, and American naval vessels have unique zip codes. When considering “place” though, geographers rarely think of ships, judging by the absence of such from the relevant literature, but such a consideration could prove fruitful for our conceptualizations of both ships and place. The goal of this presentation is threefold: 1) to establish the place-nature of naval vessels; 2) to examine the effects being a place can have on naval vessels and their interactions with other places, with particular attention given to interactions between vessels named for other places and their namesakes; and 3) to explore how rising sea level may bring floating places to the forefront of place research.

  • Full Citation: Humphress, Glenn O. 2012. Beyond Projecting Power in Ocean-Space: The Naval Vessel as Place. Paper presented in the Fall 2012 Geography General Seminar Series, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, November 2, 2012, Lincoln, NE.

Educational Background

  • BS - University of Kentucky, Zoology (1989)
  • MA - University of Kentucky, Geography (1993)


  • – Gamma Theta Upsilon Inductee awarded by GTU Alpha Phi Chapter 
  • 2008 – LAMB Award Nominee awarded by Southeast Community College  For teaching excellence and dedication to the college and students
  • 2006 [December] – BRAVO Award awarded by Allstate Financial  For commitment to living and displaying the Allstate Financial Values and Principles of Operational Excellence
  • 2004 [November] – Fellow, Life Management Institute Designation awarded by Life Office Management Association 

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Notable Websites

Political and historical geography; places and toponomy; geospatial technology; history of geography and cartography; geography and geospatial technology education