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About Paul N. McDaniel

Dr. Paul N. McDaniel is an Associate Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Kennesaw State University. He is a broadly-trained geographer, having taught a variety of human geography and physical geography courses in diverse formats including large and small face-to-face courses, fully online, and study abroad. As an urban geographer, his current research explores the geography of place-branding, particularly as it relates to the causes, processes, and implications of immigration to urban regions, and other issues related to inclusive city- and place-branding strategies, initiatives, processes, and effects and how place-branding can contribute to the cultural, economic, political, and social development of cities and regions. Within this context, he also focuses on processes of immigrant settlement, adjustment, integration, and receptivity in cities and metropolitan areas, particularly in the U.S. South, using mixed-methods, qualitative, and community-based participatory research methods. Dr. McDaniel's teaching interests broadly include regional geography, human geography, urban geography and urban studies, population geography, health geography, and research methods. His teaching of geography is informed by his extensive travels. He earned earned a Ph.D. in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, an M.A. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, an M.S. in Geography from the University of Tennessee, and a B.S. in Geography from Samford University.


Present Assistant Professor of Geography, Kennesaw State University Geography and Anthropology

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - Present Steering Committee Member, One Region Initiative, Welcoming America
2017 - Present Board Member, Ethnic Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers
2016 - Present Newsletter Editor, Ethnic Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers
2015 - Present Founding Member, Georgia Immigration Research Network
2014 - Present Career Mentor, American Association of Geographers
2015 - 2018 Scholar Advisor, ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South Exhibit, Levine Museum of the New South
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  • GEOG 4490: Special Topics in Geography
  • GEOG 4100: Directed Applied Research
  • GEOG 3380: Geography of North America
  • GEOG 3345: Population Geography
  • GEOG 3312: Geography of Europe
  • GEOG 3300: Urban Geography
  • GEOG 2200: Research Methods
  • GEOG 1130: World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 1101: Introduction to Human Geography


2007 - 2013 PhD, University of North Carolina at Charlotte ‐ Geography and Earth Sciences
2006 - 2007 MAE, University of Alabama, Birmingham ‐ School of Education
2004 - 2006 MS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville ‐ Geography
2000 - 2004 BS, Samford University ‐ Geography

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