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EIU Department of Geology and Geography


Dr. Christopher R. Laingen, Professor, Geography

Office: 3065 - Physical Sciences
Phone: 2175812626

Christopher Laingen's Vita

I am a geographer interested in rural land-use and human-environment relationships.  My publications focus primarily on agricultural land-use change in the Midwest and Great Plains.  In the classroom, I help students understand their connection to the physical environment around them -- how the decisions they make on a daily basis affect people and places around the world.

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Frequently Taught Courses

GEO 1120G - The Natural Environment

GEO 2000G - Food and Agriculture

GEO 3025 - Geography of the U.S. and Canada

GEO 3200/5200 - Human Impacts on the Environment

GEO 3810/5810 - Introduction to GIS


PhD, Kansas State University (2009)

MS, South Dakota State University (2003)

BS, South Dakota State University (2001)


Selected Publications

Recent (from 2019 and 2020; full list can be found in CV):

(2019) Laingen, C.R. Geographies of the Borderlands. In The Interior Borderlands: Regional Identity in the Midwest and Great Plains, edited by J. Lauck, Center for Western Studies, Augustana University. ** winner of “Best General History Book”, 2020 Midwest Book Awards **

(2020) Hunt, E., H. Birge, C.R. Laingen, M. Licht, J. McMechan, W. Baule, and T. Conner. A Perspective on Changes Across the U.S. Corn Belt. Environmental Research Letters. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ab9333

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Department of Geology and Geography

Physical Science Building
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2626

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