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Mark Corson

Mark Corson



2617 Garrett-Strong


660.562.1188 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 1998


Department Chair


  • Ph.D. Geography; University of South Carolina, 1997
  • Master of Strategic Studies; United States Army War College, 2007
  • M.A. Geography; University of South Carolina, 1992
  • B.A. Government; University of San Francisco, 1983

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Geography
  • World Regional Geography/Peoples and Cultures
  • Economic Geography, Air Photo Interpretation
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems/Trends in GIS
  • Physical Geography
  • Geography of Europe
  • Geography of North America
  • Geography of the Middle East
  • Political Geography
  • Military Geography
  • Geographic Foundations of Geospatial Intelligence
  • Principles of Humanitarian Relief

Academic Interests

  • Political and Military Geography
  • Geospatial Intelligence
  • Crisis Response
  • Area Specialties: Western Europe (especially Germany) and Southwest Asia

Scholarly Activity

  • Corson, Mark W. (2011) "Salvaging Value from War and Disaster", Material Handling and Logistics, April 2011, pp. 36-40.
  • Palka, Eugene, Francis Galgano Jr., and Mark Corson. (2010) „Iraq and Operation Iraq Freedom: A Military Geography" in Modern Military Geography edited by Francis Galgano Jr. and Eugene Palka. New York: Routledge.
  • Corson, Mark. (2009) „Wither the Map in Political and Military Geography?," in "Intervention: Mapping is Critical!" edited by Guntram Herb. Political Geography Volume 28, No 6 pp. 336-337.
  • Corson, Mark  and Christopher Japspero. (2008) „An All-Hazards Approach to US Military Base Camp Site Selection," The Geographical Bulletin Volume 48, No 2 pp. 75-84.
  • Glaser, Ruediger, Klaus Sachs, Mark Corson, Ulrich Ante, and Olaf Hartman. (2007)  „Umwelaspekte auf dem militärischen Erporbungs-und Übungs gelände Almark (Colbitz-Letzlinger Heide) unter dem Einfluss des Systemwandels" in Ökologische Problemräume Deutschlands edited by Harald Zepp. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.
  • Palka, Eugene J., Francis A. Galgano, and Mark W. Corson (2006) "Operation Iraqi Freedom: A Military Geographical Perspective," The Geographical Review Vol. 95, No. 3, pp. 373-399.
  • Corson, Mark W. (2006) "Geography at Work: Operation Iraqi Freedom" in Contemporary World Regional Geography 2nd Edition by Michael Bradshaw, George White, Joseph Dymond, and Eliabeth Chacko. Dubuque: McGraw-Hill.
  • Corson, Mark W. (2005) Book review of Military Geographies by Rachel Woodward The Professional Geographer, Vol. 57, No. 3, pp. 475-477.
  • Corson, Mark W. (2005) "Operation Iraqi Freedom" in Military Geography from Peace to War edited by Eugene J. Palka and Francis J. Galgano Jr. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Corson, Mark W. and Julian V. Minghi (2005) "The Case of Bosnia: Military and Political Geography in SASO" in Military Geography from Peace to War edited by Eugene J. Palka and Francis J. Galgano Jr. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Other Professional Experiences

  • Interim Chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences, 2011-2012
  • Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Emergency and Disaster Management (formerly Comprehensive Crisis Response) and Coordinator of the Northwest Campus Community Emergency Response Team, 2008-Present
  • Faculty Liaison to Military Science Program (Army ROTC), 2002-2015


  • Brigadier General, US Army Reserve