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Dr John Cross

Professor John A. Cross received his Ph.D. degree in geography from the University of Illinois.  His interests are wide ranging, and include natural hazards, particularly mitigation of weather and climate hazards; agricultural geography, especially dairying; and ethnic landscapes, including the expansion of Amish settlements into Wisconsin.  Besides teaching introductory weather and climate classes, Dr. Cross also teaches climatology, ethnic landscapes of America, natural hazards and disaster planning, and the geography of Wisconsin.

John A. Cross

Natural Hazards, Agriculture, United States and Canada, Ethnic Landscapes, Amish Settlement.
Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1979
Office: Sage 4467
Phone: (920) 424-1018

Dr Cross's Recent Publications:

“Change and Sustainability Issues in America’s Dairyland,” Focus on Geography. Vol. 58, No. 4 (2015), pp. 173-183.

“Continuity and Change: Amish Dairy Farming in Wisconsin over the Past Decade,” The Geographical Review. Vol. 104, No. 1 (2014), pp. 52-70.

“Disaster Devastation of US Communities: Long-term Demographic Consequences,” Environmental Hazards. Vol. 13, No. 1 (2014), pp. 73-91.

“Changing Patterns of Cheese Manufacturing in America’s Dairyland,” The Geographical Review. Vol. 102, No. 4 (2012), pp. 525-528.

“Twenty Years of Change in Wisconsin’s Dairy Industry: 1989-2009.” The Wisconsin Geographer, Vol. 24 (2010-2011), pp. 51-67.

“Disappearing Cheese Factories in America’s Dairyland.” PAST: Pioneer America Society Transactions, Vol. 34 (2011),

“Vulnerability, Risks, and Hazards.” In Barney Warf (editor), Encyclopedia of Geography. Thousand Oaks (CA): SAGE Publications. (2010), pp 3036-3039.

“Teaching Hazards by Geographers: A Decade of Change.” Environmental Hazards, Vol. 8 (2009), pp. 71-85.

 “The Expanding Role of the Amish in America’s Dairy Industry.” Focus on Geography, Vol. 50, No. 3 (Winter 2007), pp. 7-16.

“Restructuring America’s Dairy Farms.” The Geographical Review, Vol. 96, No. 1 (January 2006), pp. 1-23.

“Amish Settlements in Wisconsin.” The Wisconsin Geographer. Vol. 20 (2004), pp. 2-9.

“Natural Hazards and Disaster Information on the Internet” In Joseph P. Stoltman, John Lidstone, and Lisa M. DeChano, editors, International Perspectives on Natural Disasters: Occurrence, Mitigation, and Consequences. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004, pp. 445-456. (with Yasuyo Makido). 

“Expansion of Amish Dairy Farming in Wisconsin,” Journal of Cultural Geography. Vol. 21, No. 2 (Spring/Summer 2004), pp. 77-101.

“Hazards” (Chapter 29), In Gary L. Gaile and Cort J. Wilmott, editors, Geography in America at the Dawn of the 21st Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003, pp. 479-491 (with Burrell E. Montz and Susan L. Cutter).

“Amish Surnames, Settlement Patterns, and Migration,” Names. Vol. 51, Nos. 3-4 (September –December 2003), pp. 193-214.

“Change in America's Dairyland,” The Geographical Review. Vol. 91, No. 4 (October 2001), pp. 702-714.

“Megacities and Small Towns: Different Perspectives on Hazard Vulnerability,” Environmental Hazards. Vol. 3, No. 2  (2001), pp. 63-80.

“Hazards Courses in North American Geography Programs,” Environmental Hazards,       Vol. 2, No. 2 (2000), pp. 77-86.

“Ph.D. Dissertations on Wisconsin,” The Wisconsin Geographer. Vol. 15-16 (2000), pp. 58-65.

“Ethnicity and Farm Entry Behavior,” Rural Sociology, Vol. 65, No. 3 (September 2000), pp. 461-483 (with Douglas Jackson-Smith and Bradford Barham).


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