Robert Yarbrough

Rob_thumb-smRobert Yarbrough, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Geography
Office: Herty, 1113B
Phone: 912-478-0846


  • Ph.D.  Geography, University of Georgia (2006)
  • Graduate Certificate  Women’s Studies, University of Georgia (2003)
  • M.A.  Geography, University of Georgia (2001)
  • B.A.  History, Roanoke College (1998)


Dr. Yarbrough currently teaches World Regional Geography (GEOG 1130), Introduction to Human Geography (GEOG 1101), Cultural Geography (GEOG 3530), and Population Geography (GEOG 5330) at Georgia Southern.  In addition, Dr. Yarbrough has led summer Study Abroad courses to Ecuador and India with Dr. Mark Welford.


Dr. Yarbrough’s research areas include immigration, critical cultural geographies, and nature-society geographies.  He has published research on immigrant residential settlement geographies in the U.S. South, and how racialization has affected these newcomers.  Recently, he has turned his attention to examining the emergence and impact of ecotourism in northwest Ecuador.  In 2015, he co-founded (with Dr. Mark Welford) the Human-Environment Research Station (HERS) in Milpe, Ecuador—Georgia Southern’s first permanent research station in Latin America.  This partnership with Mindo Cloudforest Foundation in Milpe, Ecuador provides myriad nature-society research opportunities for Georgia Southern students and faculty.  Dr. Yarbrough’s research has appeared in numerous outlets including GeoJournal, Journal of Developing Areas, Journal of Geography, Southeastern Geographer, The Encyclopedia of Geography, and The Extractive Industries.


Dr. Yarbrough currently serves as Associate Department Chair in the Department Geology and Geography at Georgia Southern.  He is an active member of both the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and the Southeastern Division of the AAG (SEDAAG).  He has held several positions in SEDAAG including: Honors Committee member (2006), Program Committee Member (2008), Georgia State Representative (2009-10), and Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the 2011 SEDAAG meeting in Savannah.  Most recently, he served on the SEDAAG Nominations Committee (member 2012, chair 2013).  At Georgia Southern, Dr. Yarbrough has served on the Faculty Senate, the Faculty Welfare Committee, and as Chair of the university’s Academic Standards Committee.  Currently, he serves on the Women’s and Gender Studies Executive Committee.  In addition, he represents the Department of Geology and Geography on the COSM Curriculum and Governance Committees and is Treasurer of the Georgia Southern University chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

Last updated: 9/29/2016

DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY • P.O. Box 8149 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-0667