Mark Monmonier


My Current Projects
Continues the Patents Project by examining the life and impact of the inventor of the Clock System map and rural directory.
“What if I told you that behind every great map is a network and behind every great network is a map?”
Fully updated for the digital age, which offers new opportunities for cartographic mischief, deception, and propaganda
“Thoroughly researched, well written, and richly illustrated with original patent drawings.” – Judith Tyner
“a milestone in the historical study of twentieth-century cartography” – Journal of Historical Geography
“His irrepressible wit shines . . .” – Imago Mundi
“unexpectedly engrossing . . . overcomes all Weather Channel wonkery as a charmingly executed slice of Americana.” – Publishers Weekly
“Well written, engaging, mildly provocative, quirky at times.” – H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences
“An informative and entertaining read on climate change via the science of cartography.” – Weatherwise
“Engaging . . . a trove of giggle-inducing lore.” – Publishers Weekly
“A rewarding study of mapmaking and the uses of maps.” – Scientific American
“Engaging, even-handed introduction to the dark side of mapping technology.” – Physical Science Digest
“An artful and a funny book, which like any good map packs plenty in a little space.” – Scientific American
“Clever title, rewarding book.” – Scientific American
How maps help people avoid and officials plan for disasters.
Encyclopedia Entry
Article in The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology (2017).
Scholarly Screeds
Published on (11 January 2016) and (13 January 2016), DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3332.7126.
Published on and, 17 January 2016, DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1235.5605.
Glimpse: the art + science of seeing, no. 8 (Autumn 2011): 14-21.
Weiner Schriften zur Geographie und Kartographie [Institut für Geographie und Regionalforschung der Universität Wien], 2004

"Sector Theory (with a really long headnote)"

Another literary casualty of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design:

In February 2014 I presented an invited lecture (“Designing the political cartography of the oceans”) at Harvard University, in the Graduate School of Design’s Landscape Architecture Department. The talk was well received, and I was subsequently invited to contribute a short essay to Harvard Design Magazine, for a special issue focusing on the oceans. This was to be “400 – 600 words in length, culled from earlier writings, related to the topic of ‘Sector Theory’ that so many of us were captivated by during your talk here this Spring” (31 May 2014). A 580-word essay, along with a suggestion for an illustration, was submitted on 12 June 2014. A reply from the special issue editor (22 June 2014) began, “Thanks so much for your first draft. The subject and content are perfectly on target and extremely important.” But the article never appeared after I refused to gin it up to satisfy another magazine editor's lust for spurious theoretical speculation.

“Sector Theory, with Headnote” published on and, 17 January 2016, DOI: 10.13140/​RG.2.1.1235.5605.