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

University of Chicago Press, 2001.

What they say:

"A real cartographer . . . Mark Monmonier, explains what happens, in a delightful new book titled “Bushmanders and Bullwinkles,” which he describes as “an examination of how legislators, redistricting officials and constitutional lawyers use maps as both tools and weapons.” Along the way, he touches several times on the relatively new role of judges as map-makers." --Washington Post

"a pointed reminder that many candidates made it to Congress not because they were conspicuously successful at attracting voters but because of who those voters were. . . . This book is timely and painstakingly researched, and it raises vital questions about the art (not the science) of how politicians manipulate maps to win elections." --New York Times

"As with his previous books dealing with the ways maps are used to distort and/​or dramatize such matters as environmental hazards and property disputes, Monmonier, a professor of geography at Syracuse University, has turned technical data of the highest order into an engaging cautionary tale." --Boston Globe

"the book is valuable and should prove an enjoyable read for the policy wonk in the family. General readers hoping to understand the recent census and upcoming Congressional redistricting battles will find the book a serviceable guide. Even a quick browse through the maps and graphics is wonderfully informative." --Christian Science Monitor

"lively, witty, and thorough account" --Mercator's World

"a timely and important book" --Publishers Weekly

"Monmonier provides a much-needed sense of historical context to an arcane, yet highly important, process" --National Journal

"Bringing a nontraditional perspective to issues on the cutting edge of both law and political science, Professor Monmonier seeks to explain this process from a cartographer’s perspective. . . . Professor Monmonier’s examination of the mapmaking process with a cartographer’s eye offers both a useful and accessible primer for casual observers of the current round of redistricting and a thought-provoking work that will be of interest to legal scholars and political scientists of all stripes." --Harvard Law Review

"An excellent resource for reformers in this redistricting season." --Center for Voting and Democracy