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Featured on Ira Glass’ This American Life, Denis
Wood is one of America’s most sought-after experts on the
significance and meaning of maps. Wood loves maps and loves
to talk about them. Besides Seeing Through Maps, Wood
is the author of the bestseller, The Power of Maps.
He also curated the award-winning exhibition of maps at the
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in 1992, and its even
more popular incarnation at the Smithsonian in Washington
the year after.
A writer/artist, Wood is also a social scientist. He has
published over 60 articles in a variety of journals that
range from Industrialization Forum to The Journal
of Environmental Psychology. During the ’70s, Wood
co-authored the bestselling World Geography Today,
and in the ’90s the respected Home Rules. His Five
Billion Years of Global Change was published by Guilford
Press in 2004 and Making Maps, co-authored with John
Krygier, also Guilford Press, was published in 2005.
Dr. Wood earned his Ph.D. and Masters in geography from
Clark University, a school with a geography program that is
among the most highly regarded in the USA. His undergraduate
degree, in English, is from Case Western Reserve in
Cleveland, Ohio, where Wood grew up. Wood’s book about U.S.
prisons, My Kind of Time, will be published in 2006.
A former educator, Wood taught high school in Worcester,
Massachusetts. Later he taught environmental psychology and
landscape history for nearly a quarter of a century in the
School of Design at North Carolina State University. During
the ’90s he was simultaneously a visiting professor at Duke
University in the international studies program.
He has lectured around the world. In
1995 he keynoted the annual meeting of
the North American Cartographic
Information Society and the 2005 Public
Participation GIS Conference. His
consulting clients have ranged from
Esselte Map Services and Maple Lake
Sports Camps to Merrill Lynch and
Manufacturers Hanover Trust.