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Mary G. McDonald

Mary G. McDonald, Associate Professor
Research Interests
: Regional restructurings, Japan, political-economic change, agro-industrial transformations, late industrial societies, land in tourism, social theory in human geography.
Phone: (808) 956-7016
Fax: (808) 956-3512

Curriculum Vitae - Summer 2006 (PDF)


B.A., English, Oberlin College, 1969
M.A., Geography, University of California, Berkeley, 1985
Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Berkeley, 1990  

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Research interests 

Regional change in land use and labor forms as local expressions of 20th century global economic shifts in Japan and the US. Especially questions of farm household labor, farmland tenure, agricultural production and trade, rural industries and farm politics under recent global economic restructuring. I am generally inspired by Vidalian human geography, Braudelian thinking about the world economy, and poststructuralist insights linking material and symbolic production.

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Graduate Study

I advise students researching in the human geography of Asia and Pacific, including Hawai`i. I also cooperate on committees of Asian Studies graduate students and Urban & Regional Planning graduate students. The cross-disciplinary resources for the study of Asia seem to me a particular strength for both graduate students and faculty at the University of Hawai`i.

Classes Offered

GEOG 764 Seminar in Social Geography
GEOG 652 Seminar in Geography of Japan
GEOG 321 Regional Analysis
GEOG 325 World Resources and Economic Development
GEOG 352 Geography of Japan