Mark M. Miller

I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.
- Daniel Boone

Professor of Geography
Dept. of Geography & Geology: follow us on Twitter @geousm and Facebook
University of Southern Miss

Home page

Curriculum vitae
Video: how I became a geographer

Interested in the Peace Corps?
(Peace Corps Volunteer, Belize 1979-1981)

Gratuitous advice for students

What can you do with a Southern Miss Geography degree?

USM Classes, Spring 2015:

Community Asset Mapping with the Miss. Development Authority:

AAG Healthy Departments:
International Education & Geography

"Economic Development for Everyone" project

Economic development video project




About me:

  • Education: Ph.D., Geography & Regional Development, University of Arizona, Master of International Management, Thunderbird: The American Graduate School of International Management (Glendale, Arizona), Bachelor of Science, Agronomy, University of Maryland
    Professional position: Professor of Geography, The University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg)
  • Research interests: Economic development, especially low-income regions of the U.S. South, Economic development in the Caribbean, especially Cuba and the region's tourism industry
  • Professional experience abroad (partial list): Belize: Peace Corps volunteer, 1979-1981, Guatemala: development and relief administrator, Catholic Relief Services, 1983-1984, • Mexico: researcher, 1985-1988, Jamaica: professor and director of study-abroad programs, 1990-2002, Cuba: researcher plus professor and director of study-abroad programs, 1993-2003
  • Other countries in which I’ve worked & traveled: United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Hong Kong, Singapore, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica

Nola on the Benton MacKaye Trial
Hiking the Benton MacKaye Trail in Georgia, with Nola of the Wilderness, June 2014.

  • Personal data: age 57, living in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, married to Amy Miller, Ph.D. Personal interests: hiking, camping, biking; travel to mountains, beaches, and interesting cities (mostly around the Southern U.S. these days); reading & music; Zen meditation & yoga; Ekklesia church; keeping up with three children; elementary school PTA Board

Where I've been going lately:

The Silver Comet Trail (July 2014)

The Benton MacKaye Trail (June 2014)

Grand Canyon (June 2013)

Great Smoky Mountain National Park (2012)

Magnolia Grove Village & Monastery (2011)

Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia (2011)

Cuba (2010)

Nunavut, Canada (2010)

New Orleans

The rest of the world

What I'm listening to lately:

WWOZ (New Orleans)

WUSM (American roots music)

VP Records radio stream (Reggae)

Naxos Web Radio (classical)

Library of Congress National Jukebox (odd old stuff)

Books I'm reading lately

Bill Finch, et al. 2012. Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See: A New Vision of North America's Richest Forest. University of North Carolina Press.
USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station. Longleaf Pine Silviculture. Retrieved May 28, 2014:


Adam Johnson. 2012. The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel. Random House. (Novel set in North Korea)North Korea
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Phil Klay. 2014. Redeployment. Penguin.Redeployment
Jennifer Day. 2014. Review of Redeployment. Chicago Tribune. May 7:

Roberto Ampuero. 2012. El Caso Neruda. Debolsillo. (en Español)Caso Neruda
Katherine Boo. 2012. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. Random House.
Isaac Chotiner. 2012. Poverty as destiny. New Republic.February 8:
Shunryu Suzuki and David Chadwick. 2011. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Shambhala.Suzuki
Radio Silencer. 2012. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. May 14:

More books

Research Journals -- not quite as much fun :-)