Mark Monmonier

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Mark Stephen Monmonier
Born (1943-02-02) February 2, 1943 (age 78)
Alma mater Pennsylvania State University
Johns Hopkins University
Margaret Janet Kollner
( m. 1965)
Awards German Cartographic Society, Mercator Medal (2008)
American Geographical Society, Osborn Maitland Miller Medal (2001)
Guggenheim Fellowship (1984)
Scientific career
Institutions Syracuse University
Thesis On the Use of Digitized Map Sampling and Measurement: An Example in Crop Ecology (September 1969)
Doctoral advisorsGeorge F. Deasy
Anthony Williams
“Die DGfK ehrt Mark Monmonier mit der Mercator-Medaille,” Kartographische Nachrichten 59/6 (December 2009): 340–41

Mark Stephen Monmonier (born 2 February 1943 [1]) is a Distinguished Professor of Geography and the Environment at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. He specializes in toponymy, geography, and geographic information systems. [2]


Monmonier began his academic career as an assistant professor of geography at the University of Rhode Island in 1969 and moved to State University of New York at Albany in 1970. [1] [3] He joined the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1973, where he continued his career until his retirement in May 2021. [4]

Monmonier's research focused on twentieth century cartography history, in particular, the map-related inventions and patents. He also wrote extensively on the use of maps for surveillance and as analytical and persuasive tools in politics, journalism, environmental science, and public administration. [5]

The "Monmonier Algorithm", an important research tool for geographic studies in linguistics and genetics, is based on an article he published in 1973. [4] [6]

In 2016, he was inducted into Urban and Regional Information Systems Association's GIS Hall of fame. [7]


Monmonier has authored over 20 books and his popular written works show a combination of serious study and a sense of humor. Most of his work is published by University of Chicago Press. [8] He has appeared on National Public Radio interview programs.

For example, in his work, From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow: how maps name, claim, and inflame, Monmonier discusses topics such as:

In How to Lie with Maps, Monmonier gives us a different view of maps: different projections give vastly different impressions of the same "facts" or terrain.

Single-authored Books

  • Adventures in Academic Cartography: A Memoir (Syracuse, NY: Bar Scale Press, 2014, 2016) ISBN  9781523254316
  • Air Apparent: How Meteorologists Learned to Map, Predict, and Dramatize Weather (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999) ISBN  0-226-53422-7
  • Bushmanders & Bullwinkles: How Politicians Manipulate Electronic Maps and Census Data to Win Elections (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001) ISBN  0-226-53424-3
  • Cartographies of Danger: Mapping Hazards in America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997) ISBN  0-226-53419-7
  • Cartography in the Twentieth Century [Volume Six of the History of Cartography]. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015) ISBN  978-0-226-534695
  • Clock and Compass: How John Byron Plato Gave Farmers a Real Address (Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, forthcoming 20224
  • Coast Lines: How Mapmakers Frame the World and Chart Environmental Change (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008) ISBN  0-226-53403-0
  • Connections and Content: Reflections on Networks and the History of Cartography (Redlands, CA: Esri Press, 2019) ISBN  978-1-58948-559-4
  • Computer-assisted Cartography: Principles and Prospects (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1982) ISBN  0-13-165308-3
  • Drawing the Line: Tales of Maps and Cartocontroversy (New York: Henry Holt, 1995) ISBN  0-8050-2581-2
  • From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow: How Maps Name, Claim, and Inflame (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006) ISBN  0-226-53465-0
  • How to Lie with Maps, 3rd ed., (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018) [First edition 1991; French translation, 1993; Japanese translation, 1995; German translation, 1996; Korean translation, 1998 | second edition, expanded, 1996; Korean translation, 1998; Czech translation, 2000; Chinese translation, 2012 | third edition, 2018; French translation, 2019; Russian translation, 2021] ISBN  978-0-226-43592-3
  • Lake Effect: Tales of Large Lakes, Arctic Winds, and Recurrent Snows (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2012) ISBN  978-0-8156-1004-5
  • Mapping It Out: Expository Cartography for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993) [In the series of Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing and Publishing] ISBN  0-226-53417-0
  • Maps, Distortion, and Meaning (Washington, DC: Association of American Geographers, 1977) ISBN  0-89291-120-4
  • Maps with the News: the Development of American Journalistic Cartography (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989) ISBN  0-226-53413-8
  • No Dig, No Fly, No Go: How Maps Restrict and Control (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010) ISBN  978-0-226-53467-1
  • Patents and Cartographic Inventions: A New Perspective for Map History (New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) ISBN  978-3-319-51039-2
  • Rhumb Lines and Map Wars: a Social History of the Mercator Projection (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004) [Korean translation, 2006} ISBN  0-226-53431-6
  • Spying with Maps: Surveillance Technologies and the Future of Privacy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002) ISBN  0-226-53427-8
  • Technological Transition in Cartography (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985) ISBN  0-299-10070-7

Co-authored Books

  • Mark Monmonier and George A. Schnell, Map Appreciation (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1988) ISBN  0-13-556052-7
  • George A. Schnell and Mark Monmonier, The Study of Population: Elements, Patterns, Processes (Columbus, OH: Charles E. Merrill, 1983) ISBN 0-675-20046-6

Edited Encyclopedia

  • Cartography in the Twentieth Century [Volume Six of the History of Cartography]. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015) ISBN  978-0-226-534695


  1. ^ a b "Monmonier, Mark 1943- (Mark S. Monmonier, Mark Stephen Monmonier) |". Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Mark Monmonier, Distinguished Professor of Geography". The Maxwell School of Syracuse University. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  3. ^ Monmonier, Mark S. (1971). "Digitized Map Measurement and Correlation Applied to an Example in Crop Ecology". Geographical Review. 61 (1): 51–71. doi: 10.2307/213367. ISSN  0016-7428. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  4. ^ a b Youngman, Jessica (May 12, 2021). "On the Eve of Retirement, Mark Monmonier Receives Lifetime Achievement Award". SU News. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Mark Monmonier". American Geographical Society. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  6. ^ Monmonier, Mark S. (3 September 2010). "Maximum-Difference Barriers: An Alternative Numerical Regionalization Method*". Geographical Analysis. 5 (3): 245–261. doi: 10.1111/j.1538-4632.1973.tb01011.x. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  7. ^ Nelson, Wendy (August 30, 2016). "URISA Announces 2016 GIS Hall of Fame Inductees: URISA". (Press release). Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Mark Monmonier". Retrieved 13 May 2021.

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