Daniel McGowin

Assistant Professor of Geography
207B Martin Hall

Research interest in cultural and political geography, mostly focusing on the cultural landscape and spaces of memory. My graduate work centered on war memorization in Japan -- namely Yasukuni Shrine -- and spatial representations of Taiwanese national identity. I continue to research political and electoral geography, including Bible Belt voting patterns in the United States, as well ethnic voting patterns in Taiwan.

In terms of cultural geography, my research focus is predominantly popular culture and landscape. Recent research presentations include the geography of the Wu-Tang Clan, front porch space in the film Friday, and sports and eSports protests in relations to Hong Kong demonstrations. I am currently working on projects related to haunted places and historical geography, and informal roadside memorializations.

Regionally, my areas of interests are Northeast Asia (Taiwan, Japan) and the U.S. South. Topically, I consider myself a sports geographer and have presented papers on the social construction of college football conferences and the use of sports as a space of protest. I currently have a paper in publication on the geography of neutral site games in college football.

Daniel McGowin


  • B.A., Geography (minor in International Relations), University of Alabama
  • M.S., Geography, University of Alabama
  • PhD, Geography, the Florida State University
  • GIS Certification, Pennsylvania State University