Jason E. VanHorn

Jason VanHorn


  • BA, Geography & Political Science, Indiana University
  • MS, Geography, Texas A&M University
  • PhD, Geography, The Ohio State University

Professional experience

Professor VanHorn joined the GEO department at Calvin College in 2007 and has been recognized for his contributions to the field of geography through publication, research with undergraduate students, and international speaking engagements. His consulting work continues to grow to include work both domestically in the United States as well as abroad.


Originally from Indiana, Dr. VanHorn grew up with a fascination for maps. At an early age he became interested in cartography from the various road atlases and National Geographic Magazine thematic maps that he came across.

Academic interests

  • geographic thought and philosophy
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • cartography
  • remote sensing
  • geography of terrorism

Research and scholarship


  1. VanHorn, JE. Physiographic Landform Cartography: A Comparative Analysis of Contributions by Armin K. Lobeck (1921) and Erwin Raisz (1939, Earth Sciences History (2022) 41 (2): 351–362. https://doi.org/10.17704/1944-6187-41.2.351
  1. VanHorn, JE. The Erwin Raisz plan to advance academic cartography in the United States. International Journal of Cartography, https://doi.org/10.1080/23729333.2022.2074940.
  1. Alford KR, Rosendale KD, Koroma AH, DeRuiter SL, Pruim R, VanHorn JE, Bone M, Deighton J, DenHaan A, Koeman J, Kornoelje S, Lika B, Stratton A, Walls L, N Wang. Evaluating filter functionality and user competence after a hollow fiber membrane filter intervention in Liberia. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development. https://doi.org/10.2166/washdev.2022.075
  1. Bjelland, MD and JE VanHorn. The Geography of Worship. Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Research Guide. https://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/the-geography-of-worship/.
  1. VanHorn, JE and NA Mosurinjohn. A Needs-Based Approach to Accessibility and Location Efficiency of Congregational Social Programs, in The Changing World Religion Map: Sacred Places, Identities, Practices and Politics, Stanley Brunn (Ed), Springer 2015.
  1. Abigail Belford,Seth D. Kenbeek,Jason VanHorn, and Deanna van Dijk. Using Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis to Understand Changes to Lake Michigan Dunes. Geological Society of America Special Papers, 508-512.
  1. VanHorn, JE and NA Mosurinjohn. Urban 3D GIS Modeling of Terrorism Sniper Hazards. Social Science Computer Review, November 2010 (28): 482-496.
  1. Wheeler, DW, VanHorn, JE and E Paskett. A Comparison of Design-Based and Model Based Analysis of Sample Surveys in Geography. The Professional Geographer, 60 (4): 466-477.

2021 VanHorn, JE. Map – New Netherlands in Declarations of Interdependence: The Nature of Dutch-Native Relations in New Netherland,
1624-1664: SUNY Press, by Stephen Staggs in Dutch and Indigenous Communities in Seventeenth-Century Northeastern North America: What Archaeology, History, and Indigenous Oral Traditions Teach Us about Their Intercultural Relationships edited by L. Lavin, p45.

2021 VanHorn, JE and N. Kastner. Returning Citizen Services 3.0. http://gis.calvin.edu/rc.

2020 VanHorn, JE. 3 Maps in The Fastest Game in the World: Hockey and the Globalization of Sports. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2020 by Bruce Berglund.

2019 VanHorn, JE and Liam Ferraby. Michigan Dunes Inventory GIS 2.0. An online application of the Michigan Dunes. http://gis.calvin.edu/MDI.

2018 C Kammel and JE VanHorn. Map – India in Christianity in India: Conversion, Community Development and Religious Freedom, edited by Rebecca Shah and Joel Carpenter.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press, map, pg xii.

2018 Returning Citizen Services 2.0 VanHorn, JE and L. Ferraby. http://gis.calvin.edu/rc.

2018 Bolt, Grace M., Megumu Jansen, Jamison L. Koeman, and Jason E. VanHorn. Mapping Liberia. ArcGIS Online. https://gis.calvin.edu/lms.

2017 VanHorn JE and C Strikwerda in Amid the Ruins: The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1924 by Douglas Howard. Cambridge University Press. Ten maps.

2010 VanHorn, JE. Map – Paterson, NJ. In Robert Schoone-Jongen, “There was work in the valley: Dutch immigration to New Jersey, 1850-1920.”  Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis 10: 56-81.

2010 VanHorn, JE and L DeVos in Christianity and modernity in Eastern Europe.  BR Berglund and B Porter-Szucs (eds.), Budapest: Central European University Press:

  • Map – Catholic participation in contemporary Poland, pg 139. In J Bjork, Bulwark or Patchwork? Religious Exceptionalism & Regional Diversity in Postwar Poland (129-158);
  • Map – Greek Catholic church in postwar western Ukraine, pg 161. In N Shlikhta, Competing Concepts of “Reunification” behind Liquidation of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (159-190);
  • Map – Communist era Romania, pg 193. In A Şincan, From Bottom to Top & Back: On How to Build a Church in Communist Romania (191-216);
  • Map – Religion in the interwar Czech lands, pg 348. In B Berglund, Drafting a Historical Geography of East European Christianity (329-372);
  • Map – Absence of religion in the Czech Republic, pg 349. In B Berglund, Drafting a Historical Geography of East European Christianity (329-372).

2009 VanHorn, JE. National Atlas for Developing Countries. An online atlas site available at             http://gis.calvin.edu/atlas/index.html.

2008 VanHorn, JE and SJ Jonker. The Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve. An online GIS system available at http://gis.calvin.edu/ccep. (Version 1) (Version 2, 2012) (Version 3, 2015)



2014 VanHorn, JE. Kurdish Conflict Database (Version 1.0), http://gis.calvin.edu/data.html.

2009 Winck, E, Bascom, J, & JE VanHorn. GeoLearner (Version 1.0) [Software]. Grand Rapids. http://www.geolearner.com

Professional associations

  • Association of American Geographers
  • American Geographical Society
  • EIS-Africa


2015 Student-Faculty Research Award at Calvin College

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