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Christopher Brown

Associate Professor, Geography
Director of Environmental Studies
Primary office:
223 Lindley Hall



Current Research & Projects
Development and the Politics of Scale, expansion of soybean production in Amazonia, and social relations in Amazonian rural development.
Research Interests

Human and environmental aspects of development in the Brazilian Amazon; NGOs; political ecology; geography of commodities; regional geography

Selected Publications

“Agricultural intensification on Brazil’s soybean frontier in southern Rondônia.” In Land Change Science
in the Tropics. Andrew Millington and Wendy Jepson, eds. Boston: Springer Publications, 2008: 73-92.

“NGOs and ongoing changes in Latin American society.” In Placing Latin America: Contemporary
Themes in Human Geography. Ed Jackiewicz and Fernando Bosco, eds. Lanham, MD., Rowman and
Littlefield, 2008.

“Promoting and preventing political change through internationally-funded NGO activity.” Latin American
Research Review 42.1 (2007): 126-138.

Courses Taught

GEOG 150: Environment, Culture and Society 
GEOG 395: Environmental Issues of Latin America
GEOG 771: Moral Geography in Environment and Development


B.A. University of Kansas (1989); M.A. University of Kansas (1992); Ph.D. Communication, University of California , San Diego , B.A. UC Berkeley (1999)

Language Competence
Portuguese (4); Spanish (3)


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