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About Daniel Trudeau

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.


Present Associate Professor, Geography, Macalester College


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  • Cities of the 21st Century
  • Human Geography of Global Issues
  • Introduction to Urban Studies
  • Political Geography
  • Urban Social Geography: City Life & Landscapes
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Geography

Contact Information

Macalester College
Carnegie 104F
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105


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