John Harner, PhD

John Harner, PhD

John Harner, PhD

Professor of Geography
Columbine Hall 2013

Areas of Interest

  • Creating Place
  • U.S.- Mexico Connections and Integration
  • The American Urban Landscape


  • Ph.D, Geography, Arizona State University, 1996
  • MA, Geography, Arizona State University, 1993
  • BS, Geography, The Pennsylvania State University, 1986

Courses Taught

  • Geography of Food
  • Geography of the Pikes Peak Region
  • Urban Geography
  • Field Studies in Mexico and Central America
  • Geography of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
  • The Cultural Landscape
  • Introduction to Human Geography
  • Introduction to GIS

Selected Publications

  • Harner, John. 2021. Profiting from the Peak: Landscape and Liberty in Colorado Springs. Louisville, CO: University Press of Colorado.
  • Harner, John. 2020. Who Defines Sustainability? Shopping for ‘Reality’ in Colorado Springs, pp. 117-130 in Case Studies in Suburban Sustainability, B. Brinkmann and S. Garren, eds. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press.
  • Harner, John, Edith Jiménez, and Heriberto Cruz Solís. 2018. Housing and Urban Growth in Guadalajara, Mexico, pp. 105-133 in Dialogues in Urban Planning 6: The Right to the City, C. Silver, R. Freestone, and C. Demaziere, eds. New York: Routledge
  • Harner, John, Lee Cerveny, and Rebecca Gronewold. 2017. Participatory Mapping in Browns Canyon National Monument, Colorado (USA). Case Studies in the Environment:
  • Harner, John, Kevin Knapp, and Leah Davis-Witherow. 2017. "The Story of Us": Place-Making through Public Interaction with Digital Geo-Humanities in Colorado Springs. International Journal for Humanities and Arts Computing 11(1):110-126.

Honors and Awards

  • 2021 J.B. Jackson Award from the American Association of Geographers for Profiting from the Peak: Landscape and Liberty in Colorado Springs. This award recognizes books about the United States which convey the insights of professional geography in language that is interesting and attractive to a lay audience.
  • University of Colorado Thomas Jefferson Award, 2018
  • Fulbright Scholar, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2005
  • Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award, UCCS, 2002

Volunteer and Service

  • Chair, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, 2009 - 2015
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 2019 - 2025

Curriculum Vitae