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Robert Yarbrough

Robert Yarbrough, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Geography
Office: Herty, 1113B
Phone: 912-478-5361

Academic Background

Ph.D., University of Georgia 

  • Major: Geography
  • Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies

M.A., University of Georgia 

  • Major: Geography

B.A., Roanoke College 

  • Major: History


Dr. Yarbrough teaches World Regional Geography (GEOG 1130), Introduction to Human Geography (GEOG 1101), Introduction to Research (GEOG 4120), Cultural Geography (GEOG 5530), 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 (University of Northern Iowa).   


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 is the co-author of an introductory human-environment textbook with Dr. Mark Welford (University of Northern Iowa). 


Welford, M. and Yarbrough, R. (2021) Human-Environment Interactions: An  Introduction. Palgrave MacMillan.

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.

Yarbrough, R. (2010) “Becoming ‘Hispanic’ in the ‘New South’: Central American Immigrants’ Racialization Experiences in Atlanta, GA, USA.” GeoJournal. 75(3): 249- 260.

Inwood, J. and Yarbrough, R. (2010) “Racialized Places, Racialized Bodies: The Impact of Racialization on Place and Individual Identities.” Invited Guest Editors’ Introduction to a special issue in GeoJournal. 75 (3): 299-301.

Yarbrough, R. (2010) “Racial Segregation.” The Encyclopedia of Geography. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Hankins, K. and Yarbrough, R. (2008) “Positionality and Active Learning: Confronting Privilege in Field-Exercise Design.” Journal of Geography. 107(4): 186-93.

Yarbrough, R. (2003) “Latino/White and Latino/Black Segregation in the Southeastern United States: Findings from Census 2000.” Southeastern Geographer. 43(2): 207-220.


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 as the College of Science and Mathematics’ elected representative on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.  Dr. Yarbrough 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).  In addition, he is an active member of the Georgia Southern University chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

Last updated: 8/7/2023