Johnathan Bascom


  • BS, Kansas State University
  • MA, Kansas State University
  • PhD, Geography, University of Iowa


    • Hometown(s): Ethiopia and Kansas

    Professional experience

    Professor Bascom taught at East Carolina University for 11 years before joining the GEO department at Calvin in 2000. Twice he has been a visiting lecturer at University of Asmara, and he was once a Research Fellow at Oxford University.

    Academic interests

    • Developing regions
    • Economic geography
    • Refugees and internally displaced persons
    • Geographic pedagogy


    • Bascom, Johnathan and Laura VanderNeut, 2008. Banking on Community: Indigenous Credit Associations in Eritrea,
      African Geographical Review, 27:17 - 33.
    • Dixon, Deborah, Leo Zonn and Johnathan Bascom. 2008. Post-ing the Cinema: Reassessing Analytical Stances toward
      a Geography of Film. In The Geography of Cinema - A Cinematic World, Chris Lukinbeal and Stefan Zimmermann (eds),
      25 - 47. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner.
    • Bascom, Johnathan. 2008. Book Review - Repatriation, Integration or Resettlement: The Dilemmas of Migration among
      Eritrean Refugees in Eastern Sudan. By Sadia Hassanen. Journal of Refugee Studies. 21(3):412 - 414. (doi:10.1093/jrs/

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