Alex Oberle

Professor of Geography

Alex Oberle

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(319) 273-6332

Alex Oberle

Professor of Geography


Ph.D. Arizona State University
M.A. University of Missouri
B.A. University of Northern Colorado

Teaching Interests

Urban Geography

Geographic Information Systems

Climate Action Planning

Human Geography

Latin America

Research Interests

--Geography Education--

GIS/Geospatial Technologies and spatial thinking in education

Internationalizing teacher education

Geographic inquiry

--Urban/Ethnic Geography--

Latino urban settlement in the U.S.

Financial integration of recent immigrants

Immigration related urban redevelopment

Professional Accomplishments

--Recent Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters--

Oberle, Alex, Fabián Araya Palacios, Ximena Cortés, and Mollie Ullestad.  2015.  “Developing a Binational Geography Curriculum in Sustainability”.  The Geography Teacher.  12:3, 108-117.

Arreola, Daniel and Alex Oberle.  2015.  "Mexican Americans".  In Contemporary Ethnic Geographies in America, 2nd Edition, ed. Christopher Airriess.  Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Oberle, Alex. 2015. “The Latino Commercial Landscape and Changing Hispanic Immigrant Population in Two Midwestern Metropolitan Areas”. In The Housing and Economic Experiences of Immigrants in North American Cities, eds. Carlos Teixeira and Wei Li.  Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

Li, Wei, Lucia Lo, and Alex Oberle.  2014. “The Embeddedness of Bank Branch Networks in Immigrant Gateways". The Canadian Geographer.  58(1) 48-62.

Brysch, Carmen, Richard Boehm, Brenda Barr, Cheryl A. Frazier, Jessie Hong, David Lambert, Alex Oberle, Jackie Waite.  2013.  “Teacher Leaders as Active Agents in Online Professional Development: The Learning Cluster Method”.  Research in Geographic Education, 59-70. 

Oberle, Alex and Fabián Araya Palacios. 2012. “Developing standards-based geography curricular materials from overseas field experiences for K-12 teachers” Journal of Geography.  111:6, 245-253

Araya Palacios, Fabián and Alex Oberle. 2011. “Educación geográfica y colaboración académica internacional: El caso de la Universidad de La Serena (Chile) y University of Northern Iowa (EEUU).” Revista Geográfica de América Central.  2: 47, 217-243.

Curtis Nielsen, Alex Oberle, and Ramanathan Sugumaran. 2011.  “Implementing spatial thinking and geospatial technologies into the high school curriculum”.  Journal of Geography. 

Oberle, Alex, Sue Joseph, and David May.  2010.  “Geospatial technology as a vehicle for enhancing university graduate programs”.  Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 34:4, 475-492.

Li, Wei, Alex Oberle, and Gary Dymski.  2009.  “Global Banking and Financial Services to Immigrants in Canada and the United States”. Journal of International Migration and Integration. 10:1, 1-29.

Oberle, Alex and Daniel Arreola.  2008. “Resurgent Mexican Phoenix”.  Geographical Review. 98:2, 171-196.

Oberle, Alex and Wei Li.  2008.  “Divergent Trajectories: Asian and Latino immigration in Metropolitan Phoenix”.  In Suburban immigrant gateways: Immigration and incorporation into new U.S. metropolitan destinations, eds.  Audrey Singer and Susan Hardwick.  Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution Press.

Oberle, Alex.  2006.  “Phoenix’s Hispanic business landscape: Latino outposts on the Anglo suburban frontier” In Landscapes of the Ethnic Economy, eds. David Kaplan and Wei Li.  Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.