College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Alex Oberle

  • Geography

    Faculty - Associate Professor of Geography


    Urban Geography, GIS/Geotechniques, Immigration, Geography Education


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

    Courses Taught

    GEOG 2101 North American Cities

    GEOG 2310 GIS I

    GEOG 4170 Regional Analysis and Planning

    GEOG 1110 World Geography

    GEOG 1120 Human Geography

    HUM 3123 Latin America

    GEOG 4560 Professional Seminar

    GEOG 6000 Graduate Colloquium

    Research Interests

    --Urban/Ethnic Geography--

    Latino urban settlement in the U.S.

    Financial integration of recent immigrants

    Immigration related urban redevelopment

    --Geography Education--

    GIS/Geospatial Technologies and spatial thinking in education

    Internationalizing teacher education

    Teaching Interests

    Urban Geography and Urban Planning

    Geographic Information Systems

    World Geography

    Human Geography

    Latin America


    Geographic Alliance of Iowa (Coordinator/Director); Iowa Department of Education, Social Studies Advisory Committee (Member); Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area, Partnership Panel (Member); UNI CSBS Project Grants Committee (Chair)

    Selected Publications

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

    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.