Kenneth E. Foote


1982  Ph.D., University of Chicago, Department of Geography . Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (1977-1981).

1978 M.A., University of Chicago, Department of Geography.

1976 B.A. with Honors, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Geography (1976). Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi.

Research Specializations

  • Cultural and historical geography focusing on American and European landscape history;
  • Geographic information science and related computer and Internet technologies;
  • Learning and teaching geography in higher education, including instructional technology and issues of professional development for early career faculty.

Teaching and Consulting in Information and Computer Technologies

Instructional and learning technologies and Web design;

Multimedia, interactive, and Web cartography;

Geographic information systems and spatial analysis;

Teaching experience with Arc/Info, ArcView, Intergraph MGE/MGA, MapInfo, AutoCAD, Microstation, SAS, SPSS, PhotoShop, Dreamweaver, Frontpage and other software systems. UNIX and Windows (95, 98, 2000, NT) system management and administration experience

Major Web curriculum development projects include the Geographer’s Craft Project and the Virtual Geography Department Project


Erich W. Zimmermann Regents Professor of Geography, University of Texas at Austin, 1991-2000.

Fulbright Fellowship, Hungary, Council for the International Exchange of Scholars. 1998-1999.

J. B. Jackson Prize of the Association of American Geographers for Shadowed Ground, 1998.

Historic Preservation Prize of Mary Washington College for Shadowed Ground, 1998.

Publication Award of Geographical Society of Chicago for Shadowed Ground, 1998.

Robert Hamilton Award of the University of Texas at Austin for Shadowed Ground, 1998.

Innovative Use of Instructional Technology Award, University of Texas at Austin, 1997.

President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award, University of Texas at Austin, 1992.

Walter Prescott Webb Teaching Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, 1989.



Veselka, Robert E. 2000. The Courthouse Square in Texas. Edited by Kenneth E. Foote. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Foote, Kenneth E. 1997. Shadowed Ground: America’s Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Japanese translation of Shadowed Ground published by the University of Nagoya Press in 2002.

Revised and expanded edition published by the University of Texas Press in 2003.

Foote, Kenneth E., Peter Hugill, Kent Mathewson, and Jonathan Smith 1994. Re-Reading Cultural Geography. Edited with. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Foote, Kenneth E. 1983. Color in Public Spaces: Toward A Communication-Based Theory of the Urban Built Environment. Chicago: University of Chicago, Department of Geography Research Paper No. 205.

Ginsburg, Norton S., Richard Dahlberg, and Kenneth E. Foote. 1983. The Rand McNally Atlas of the United States. Chicago: Rand McNally & Co.

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

Solem, Michael N. and Kenneth E. Foote. 2004. Concerns, Attitudes, and Abilities of Early Career Geography Faculty. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 94 (4): 889-912.

Foote, Kenneth E. In press. Cultural Patterns and Processes. In A Guide for Teachers of Advanced Placement Geography, ed. Robert S. Bednarz. Jacksonville, AL: National Council for Geographic Education and the Geography Education National Implementation Project.

Foote, Kenneth E. 2003. Semiotic Aspects of Geography. In Semiotics: A Handbook on the Sign-Theoretic Foundations of Nature and Culture, Volume 3, eds. R. Posner, K. Robering, and T.A. Sebeok, 2636-2642. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

Foote, Kenneth E., Attila Tóth and Anett Árvay. 2001. Emlékezés, nemzeti identitás, politikai emlékművek rombolása (Memory, national identity, and the destruction of political memorials). Studia Historiae Literarum et Artium 3: 138-163.

Foote, Kenneth E., Attila Tóth and Anett Árvay. 2000. Hungary after 1989: Inscribing a New Past on Place. The Geographical Review 90 (3): 301-334.

Hay, Iain, Kenneth E. Foote, and Mick Healey. 2000. From Cheltenham to Honolulu: The Purposes and Projects of the International Network for Learning and Teaching (INLT) Geography in Higher Education. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 24: 221-227.

Healey, Mick, Kenneth E. Foote, And Iain Hay. 2000. Introduction to JGHE Symposium: International Perspectives on Learning and Teaching Geography in Higher Education. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 24: 217-220.

Goett, Jennifer A. and Kenneth E. Foote. 2000. Cultivating Student Research and Study Skills in Web-Based Learning Environments. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 24: 92-99.

Foote, Kenneth E. 1999. Memorials. In Violence in the United States: An Encyclopedia, ed. Ronald Gottesman and Richard M. Brown, Vol. 2, 353-358. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

von Meyer, Nancy, Donald J. Huebner, and Kenneth E. Foote. 1999. Information Quality Considerations for Coastal Data. In Marine and Coastal Geographical Information Systems. Edited by Dawn J. Wright and Darius J. Bartlett, 295-308. London: Taylor & Francis.

Foote, Kenneth E. 1999. Bringing Faculty Online: Inspiring and Sustaining Innovation in Information and Computer Technologies. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 23: 5-7.

Foote, Kenneth E. 1999. Building Disciplinary Collaborations in the Worldwide Web: Strategies and Barriers. Journal of Geography 98: 108-117.

Foote, Kenneth E. 1997. The Geographer’s Craft: Teaching GIS in the Web. Transactions in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), 2: 137-150.

Foote, Kenneth E. 1995. From Idea to Impact: Realizing Educational Innovation in the Social Sciences. In Project Impact: Disseminating Innovation in Undergraduate Education, ed. Ann Neal and others, 75-80. Washington, DC: National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education.

Foote, Kenneth E. 1994. The Geographer’s Craft: A New Approach to Teaching Geographical Methods in the Liberal Arts Curriculum. The Pennsylvania Geographer. 32: 1-25.

Foote, Kenneth E. 1994. Comment on American History and the Structures of Collective Memory by Michael H. Frisch. In Memory and History: Essays on Recalling and Interpreting Experience, ed. Jaclyn Jeffrey and Glenace Edwall, 58-60. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Foote, Kenneth E. 1992. Stigmata of National Identity: Exploring the Cosmography of America’s Civil Religion. In Person, Place, and Thing: Interpretive and Empirical Essays in Cultural Geography, ed. S.T. Wong, 379-402. Geoscience and Man 31.

Foote, Kenneth E. 1992. Mapping the Past: A Survey of Microcomputer Cartography. Historical Methods 25: 121-131.

Foote, Kenneth E. 1991. Semiotics and Geography. In Recent Developments in Theory and History: The Semiotic Web 1990, ed. T.A. Sebeok and J. Umiker-Sebeok, 355-363. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Foote, Kenneth E. 1990. To Remember and Forget: Archives, Memory, and Culture. American Archivist 53: 378-392.

Aitken, Stuart C., Susan L Cutter, Kenneth E. Foote, and James L. Sell. 1989. Environmental Perception and Behavioral Geography. In Geography in America, ed. G. Gaile and C. Willmott, 218-238. Columbus, Ohio: Merrill Publishing Co.

Rowntree, Lester B., Kenneth E. Foote, and Mona Domosh. 1989. Cultural Geography. In Geography in America, ed. G. Gaile and C. Willmott, 209-217. Columbus, Ohio: Merrill Publishing Co.

Foote, Kenneth E. 1988. Object as Memory: The Material Foundations of Human Semiosis. Semiotic 69: 243-268.

Foote, Kenneth E. 1987. Relics of Old London: Photographs of a Changing Victorian City. History of Photography 11: 133-153.

Foote, Kenneth E. 1986. Documentary Photography and Questions of Urban Change. Urban Geography 7: 462-468.

Foote, Kenneth E. 1986. Mobility Impairment and Pharmacy Accessibility: Conflict in a Commercial Built Environment. Environment and Behavior 18: 571-603.

Foote, Kenneth E. 1985. Velocities of Change of a Built Environment, 1880-1980: Evidence from the Photoarchives of Austin, Texas. Urban Geography 6: 220-245.

Foote, Kenneth E. 1985. The Toronto Olympics: The International Summer Institute for Semiotic And Structural Studies (ISISSS) 84 in Review. Semiotica 53: 363-375.

Foote, Kenneth E. 1985. Space, Territory, and Landscape: The Borderlands of Geography and Semiotics. Recherche Semiotique/Semiotic Inquiry 5: 158-175.

Bouissac, Paul, Jean-Claude Gardin, and Kenneth E. Foote. 1984. A Program for Semiotics. Semiotica 52: 1-5.

Online Publications

The Geographer’s Craft Project. A Electronic Textbook and Laboratory Manual in Geographic Information Science. Boulder, CO: University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Geography, 1993 to present.

The Virtual Geography Department Project. A Distributed Curriculum Development Initiative among American Universities. Boulder, CO: University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Geography, 1995 to present.

Blackwell Publishers Internet Resources for Geographers. Edited with Shannon Crum and Lance Christian. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, geog/geores.htm 1997 to 2003.

Position on the Earth. Section editor of five units in the NCGIA Core Curriculum in GIScience. Santa Barbara, CA: National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, 1997 to present.

WebGIS. With Anthony P. Kirvan. Unit 133 in the NCGIA Core Curriculum in GIScience. Santa Barbara, CA: National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis,

Interview for: Public Memory, a documentary film directed by Amy Gerber. FlatCoatFilms, 2003.

Interview for: From Memory into History: A Discussion about the Conservation of Places with Difficult Pasts. Conservation, The Getty Conservation Institute Newsletter 17 (2002) (2): 11-16.

Interview for: Topographies of Tragedy by Tom Vanderbilt. Metropolis Magazine (December 2001): 34, 54, 63

Interviews for: Los Angeles Times (1997, 2002): KVUE 24 Television, Austin, Texas (1997); USA Today (1997, 2002); National Public Radio (1997); Mail Tribune, Medford, Oregon (1997); Christian Science Monitor (1997, 2003); New York Times (2001, 2002) Washington (DC) City Paper (2001), Chicago Tribune (2001), Crain’s New York Business (2002), San Diego Union-Tribune (2002); The Salt Lake Tribune (2002); Newsday, New York (2002); Associated Press (2003); Modesto (CA) Bee (2003); Ft. Worth Star Telegram (2003); Rocky Mountain News (2004); Daily Times-Call, Longmont, Colorado (2004); The Newhouse News Service (2004); the Boulder, Colorado, Daily Camera; Austin (TX) American-Statesman (2004); Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2004)

The Geographer’s Craft. Geocal (Journal of the CTI Centre for Geography, Geology, and Meteorology, University of Leicester) 14 (June 1996): 9-10.

An Index System for Satellite Imagery of the Earth. CADENCE (The AutoCAD User’s Magazine) 2 (No. 12, December 1987): 42-44.

Aerial Mapping with AutoCAD: The DAT/EM System. CADENCE (The AutoCAD User’s Magazine) 2 (No. 9, September 1987): 56-58.

Project Quest at the University of Texas. THE CTISS FILE No. 3 (April 1987): 40-43. ( Bath, England: Computers in Teaching Initiative Support Service)

Teaching Cartography: Instruction with the Latest Automated Systems. CADENCE (The AutoCAD User’s Magazine) 2 (No. 3, March 1987): 50-52.

Microcomputers in Geographic Education. THE CTISS FILE No. 2 (November 1986): 37-39. ( Bath, England: Computers in Teaching Initiative Support Service)

Creating a Computer Cartography and Spatial Analysis Laboratory. Proceedings of the IBM 1985 Academic Information Systems University Advanced Educational Projects (AEP) Conference. Milford, Conn.: IBM Corporation, 1986: 269-273.

Review and Proceedings Articles

Review of The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory by Edward T. Linenthal ( New York: Oxford University Press, 2001). The Public Historian 25 (2003) (1): 94-96.

Review of Still Fighting the Civil War: The American South and Southern History by David Goldfield ( Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2002). Civil War Book Review 5 (1) (Fall 2002): 13.

The Geographer’s Craft and Virtual Department: New Approaches and Structures for GIS Education. Invited Papers of the Atlantic Institute Think Tank IV: Applied and Academic Geomatics into the Twenty-First Century. Quebec City: Laval University, 1995: 105-128.

Review of Architectural Anthropology. Volume 1: The Present Relevance of the Primitive in Architecture by Nold Egenter (Lausanne: Structura Mundi, 1992). The Semiotic Review of Books 5 (2) (1994): 3-4.

Review of A Question of Place: Exploring the Practice of Human Geography. by Ronald J. Johnston (Oxford: Blackwell, 1991). Annals of the Association of American Geographers 83 (1993): 381-383.

Review of Landscapes of the Mind: Worlds of Sense and Metaphor by J. Douglas Porteous (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1990). Annals of the Association of American Geographers 82 (1992): 177-180.

Review of Maps from the Mind: Readings in Psychogeography edited by Howard Stein and William Niederland (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1989). Semiotica 92 (1992): 161-166.

Review of The City and the Sign: An Introduction to Urban Semiotics edited by M. Gottdiener and A. Ph. Lagopoulos (New York: Columbia University Press, 1986). Economic Geography 64 (1988): 77-80.

Review of Common Landscape of America, 1580 to 1845 by John Stilgoe (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982). Journal of Geography 86 (1987): 133.

Review of On Signs edited by Marshall Blonsky (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985). Semiotica 64 (1987): 133-140.

Review of Phenomenology, Science and Geography: Spatiality and the Human Sciences by John Pickles (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985). With Robert Mugerauer. The Professional Geographer 38 (1986): 449-450.

Relics of Old London: Photography and Symbolism in the Architecture of a Victorian City. Proceedings of the 1986 International Conference on Built Form and Culture Research: Purposes in Understanding Socio-cultural Aspects of Built Environments. Lawrence: University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design, 1986: 29-32.

Color in Public Spaces. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of the International Association for the Study of People and their Physical Surroundings (IAPS). Berlin: Hochschule der Kunste, 1986: 487-488.

Review of Silver Cities: The Photography of American Urbanization, 1839-1915 by Peter B. Hales (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1984). The Professional Geographer 38 (1986): 208-209.

Review of Picturing Texas: The Texas Historic Photography Project. Heritage (The Quarterly of the Texas Historical Foundation) 4 (Fall 1986): 8-11.

Review of Silver Cities: The Photography of American Urbanization, 1839-1915 by Peter B. Hales (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1984). Photoletter of the Texas Photographic Society 6 (1985): 35-37.

Review of The Meaning of the Built Environment: A Nonverbal Communication Approach by Amos Rapoport (Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, 1982). Environment and Behavior 17 (1985): 641-643.

Review of Atlas AMP computer mapping software (Strategic Locations Planning). The Professional Geographer 37 (1985): 492-493.

Review of IBM Academic Information Systems 1985 Advanced Educational Projects Conference. The Professional Geographer 37 (1985): 484.