Robert Yarbrough

Dr. Robert Yarbrough

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


Ph.D.  Geography, University of Georgia (2006)

Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Georgia (2003)

M.A.  Geography, University of Georgia (2001)

B.A.  History, Roanoke College (1998)


Dr. Yarbrough teaches World Regional Geography (GEOG 1130), Introduction to Human Geography (GEOG 1101), Introduction to Research (GEOG 4120), Cultural Geography (GEOG 5530), and Population Geography (GEOG 5330), and Seminar in Geographic Thought (GEOG 7630) at Georgia Southern.  In addition, Dr. Yarbrough has led summer Study Abroad courses to Ecuador (2008, 2011, 2013) and India (2015) 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 addition, he’s working on a human-environment textbook project with Dr. Mark Welford.

Funded Research

In review: Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) $241,856. Conservation International Tropical Andes grant.  “Innovation to Improve and Incentivize Reforestation and Ecosystem Services, NW-Pichincha, Ecuador.” PI-Mindo Cloudforest Foundation.  Partners: M. Welford and R. Yarbrough. 2018.

Recent Publications

Welford, MR, Yarbrough, R.  (2019)  Human-Environment Interactions: An Introduction. Palgrave, UK. Contract due Dec 2019.

Welford, M. and Yarbrough, R. (2015) “Serendipitous Conservation: Impacts of Oil Pipeline Construction in rural northwestern Ecuador.” The Extractive Industries and Society. 2: 766-774.

Brock, G. Tian, J. and Yarbrough, R. (2014) “An Analysis of the Informal Economy of Veracruz State During the Fox Administration.”  The Journal of Developing Areas.  48(2): 153-168.


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, College of Science and Mathematics Curriculum Committee, and as Chair of the university’s Academic Standards Committee.  Currently, he serves on the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Executive Board and on the College of Science and Mathematics Strategic Planning Committee. In addition, he is an active member of the Georgia Southern University chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

Last updated: 9/18/2018

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