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Thomas Wikle

Thomas Wikle

Professor Emeritus

Department of Geography


Im a broadly trained cultural geographer with interests in how technology shapes human patterns/processes and modifies landscapes.  My past research has explored communication systems including cellular telephone (within the U.S. and internationally)commercial radio, and television infrastructure (broadcast/cable/satellite).  With colleague Jon Comer, my research has looked at how the 1996 Telecommunications Act influenced technologies such as the development of low power FM (LPFM) radio and radio translators.  


A current project explores the concept of localism and Federal Communication Commission (FCC) policy on AM radio ownership.  I’m also interested in geospatial education and career development in higher education.  Recent projects have examined certification and accreditation in preparing new geographic information science (GISci) professionalsGISci pedagogy, the status of cartography instruction in the U.S., and emerging geospatial technologies used in geographic research and teaching.  I also maintain an interest in the history of aviation within Oklahoma.  


Along with papers aimed at academic audiences, I publish articles intended for a wide range of readers, especially those with interests in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Recent papers have examined oil in Equatorial Guinea, Zimbabwe’s Cape to Cairo Railroad, Cacao Production on São Tomé Island, and Mali’s Dogon People.


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