Holly Barcus is a broadly trained population geographer teaching introductory and
advanced GIS (Geographic Information System) classes as well as a population geography

Her research interests fall at the intersection of population and GIS. Barcus is
specifically interested in the patterns and processes of change occurring in rural
communities and the resulting migration, service provision, and housing dilemmas. 

Her recent research projects focus on the changing racial and ethnic composition of rural
places and the implications for rural population growth, planning and development. 

EDUCATION: B.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1995; M.A., University of
North Carolina at Charlotte, 1997; Ph.D., Kansas State University, 2001. 

Holly Barcus has been teaching at Macalester College since 2005. 

Journal Articles


Place elasticity: Exploring a new conceptualization of mobility and place attachment in rural America (with Stanley D. Brunn), Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography (2010)


The Kazakhs of Western Mongolia: Transnational Migration from 1990-2008 (with Cynthia Werner), Asian Ethnicity (2010)

Contributions to Books


Heterogeneity of Rural Housing Markets, Rural Housing, Exurbanization, and Amenity Driven Development: Contrasting the "Haves" and the "Have Nots" (2011)


New Destinations for Hispanic Migrants: An Analysis of Rural Kentucky, Latinos in the New South : Transformations of Place (2006)


Wal-Mart-scapes in Rural and Small Town America, Wal-Mart World : The World's Biggest Corporation in the Global Economy (2006)

Book Reviews