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; M.A., State University of New York, Buffalo;
Ph.D., University of Colorado–Boulder. 

Daniel Trudeau has been teaching at Macalester College since 2006. 



Creating Significant Learning Experiences through Civic Engagement: Practical Strategies for Community-Engaged Pedagogy (with Tina P. Kruse), Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education (2014)


Empowerment by design? Women’s use of New Urbanist Neighborhoods in Suburbia (with Charlotte Fagan), Journal of Planning Education and Research (2014)


A typology of New Urbanism neighborhoods, Journal of Urbanism (2013)


New Urbanism as sustainable development?, Geography Compass (2013)

Contributions to Books

The Geographies of Marginalization (with C. McMorran), A Companion to Social Geography (2011)


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)


The Little Earth Oral History Project (with Kimberley DeLanghe, Hannah Gelder, Andrew Gramm, Robert Heyman, Hayley Koening, Claudia Leung, Elizabeth McCreary, Claire Reuning, Callie Thuma, and Shivaun Watchorn) (2008)