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Schmelzkopf, Karen

Karen Schmelzkopf, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Geography
  • Scholarly interests: Cultural geography, History of maps and mapping, US urban geography, US urban history, tourism geography, History of tourism, whiteness and geography studies

Department: History and Anthropology

Office: Howard Hall 336

Phone: 732-571-3602

Email: kschmelz@monmouth.edu


Dr. Schmelzkopf teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Human Geography, Tourism, History of Tourism, Urbanization, US Urban History, and Maps and Mapping.  She is finishing a book on celebrity, race, and fan sites as spaces of discourse.

Education

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Books

Tourism in a Mobile Society: An Example from Vieques, in Vujnovic, M and Mele, V. (ed.) Globalizing Cultures. Theories and Paradigms Revisited, Brill Academic Publishers, 2015

Scholarly Articles

Sunshine Paradise: A History of Florida Tourism, Journal of Tourism History, 2012, 4,1, 113- 116.

Scale and Narrative in the Struggle for Vieques, Puerto Rico, in Goodman, M. Boykoff, M., and Evered, K. (ed). Environmental Contentions. Ashgate Press, 2008.

Incommensurability, Land Use, and the Right to Space: Community Gardens in New York City, Urban Geography, 2002, 23 (4), 323-343.

Landscape, ideology, and religion: a geography of Ocean Grove, New Jersey, Journal of Historical Geography, 2002, 28, 4, 589-608.

Interdisciplinarity and the Geography of Tourism, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 2002, 26 (2), 181-195.

Perceptions of Gender Differences in the Real Estate Profession, Advancing Women in Leadership, 2002, 10 (1) (First author; second author: Don Moliver).

Urban Community Gardens as Contested Space, Geographical Review, 1995, 85 (30), 364-381.

The Abstraction of Schematic Representations from Photographs of Real-World Scenes, Memory and Cognition, 1990, 8, 543-554 (second author, with H. Hock).

Presentations/Invited Talks

“Fans, Cyberspace, Race, and Place,” Fan Studies Conference, Portsmouth, UK, June 28-29, 2019

Keynote Address, 150th anniversary of the Founding of Ocean Grove, June 20, 2019

“Ocean Grove, A History of Power and Religion,” Monmouth University Library Faculty Forum, Summer 2016

“Grassroots Community Gardens and Gentrification in East Harlem,” Community Gardens Association, August 2015

“Race, Geography, Cyberspace,” Syracuse University Geography Presentation Series, 2015

Race, Internet, and Celebrity, Faculty Forum, Monmouth University, February 2015

“Race, Internet, Celebrity, and Sense of Place,” Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, 2011

“Tourism, Geography, and Power in Vieques, Puerto Rico,” Tourism Conference on Sustainability, March 2009

Professional Associations

Association of American Geographers

American Geographical Society

Geographic Perspectives on Women

Monmouth County GIS User’s Group

New Jersey Project

Urban and Regional Information Systems Association

Urban History Association

Women in Film

Awards

2019 UCI Scholarship Grant: Beach Behavior and Segregation

2014 UCI Scholarship Grant: Community Gardens in NJ

2012-2013 One-year Sabbatical

2009 Creativity Grant: “Land Development and Newspaper Promotions”

Courses

Recently Taught Classes

2022 Fall

  • People, Places, and Environments: Introduction to Geography – GO 100
  • Principles of Human Geography – GO 101
  • Tourism Around the World – AN 267, GO 267
  • Urbanization – AN 268, GO 268

2022 Summer D

  • People, Places, and Environments: Introduction to Geography – GO 100

2022 Summer B

  • Tourism Around the World – AN 267

2022 Summer A

  • People, Places, and Environments: Introduction to Geography – GO 100

2022 Spring

2021 Fall

2021 Summer D

  • People, Places, and Environments: Introduction to Geography – GO 100
  • Tourism Around the World – GO 267, AN 267

2021 Summer A

  • People, Places, and Environments: Introduction to Geography – GO 100

2021 Spring

  • People, Places, and Environments: Introduction to Geography – GO 100
  • Principles of Human Geography – GO 101
  • Urbanization – GO 268, AN 268

2020 Fall

2020 Summer D

  • People, Places, and Environments: Introduction to Geography – GO 100
  • Principles of Human Geography – GO 101

2019 Fall

2019 Summer D

  • People, Places, and Environments: Introduction to Geography – GO 100
  • Tourism Around the World – AN 267, GO 267

2019 Summer A

  • Principles of Human Geography – GO 101

2019 Spring

  • People, Places, and Environments: Introduction to Geography – GO 100
  • Principles of Human Geography – GO 101

Frequently Taught Classes