Dan Trudeau is an urban geographer with particular interests in minority and ethnic group segregation, social welfare policy, local governance, and city planning. He specializes in qualitative research methods, but also uses quantitative and spatial analysis techniques. Trudeau's research experience represents his diverse set of interests in urban geography. In his master’s thesis, he examined the ways in which public housing policy reform in the US affects racial segregation in cities. In his doctoral dissertation, Trudeau examined the roles that nonprofit organizations play in urban governance and community development. Currently, his research project explores the ways in which social service organizations in the Twin Cities interact with volunteers to perform particular types of community service. Trudeau believes Geography is an important part of a liberal arts education. In his teaching, he tries to develop and awareness and appreciation of how geography matters for understanding the world around us. He focuses on the usefulness of geographic concepts and perspectives for understanding social problems, politics, and culture. For instance, in Trudeau's qualitative methods course, students explore the ways in which concepts such as place, scale, and landscape contribute to our understanding of how modern cultures work. And in his political geography course, students learn how world politics for the last two centuries have hinged upon the national-territorial organization of societies and how this organization may be changing in the global era. EDUCATION: B.A., University of Minnesota, 1999; M.A., State University of New York, Buffalo, 2001; Ph.D., University of Colorado–Boulder, 2006. Daniel Trudeau has been teaching at Macalester College since 2006.
Suburbs in Disguise? Examining the Geographies of the New Urbanism (with Patrick Malloy), Urban Geography (2011)
Contributions to Books
Assimilation & Multiculturalism, Macalester Alumni College Summer Session (2008)
Landscapes at the periphery, Social Sciences Division Colloquium, Macalester College (2007)
Politics of belonging in the production of landscapes, Department of Geography at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2007)
The persistence of segregation in Buffalo, New York, Department of Geography at Minnesota State University, Mankato (2007)