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University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5665 History and Geography LAN 201D , Box 164


Michelle Brym is a Professor of Geography in the History and Geography Department.   

Her research interests focus on human migration and border studies.  For her dissertation, she studied cross-border cooperation along the Polish-German border to better understand the political and cultural integration of European countries within the European Union.  The findings from her research in European borderlands have been published in several geography journals.  She has had the opportunity to travel as a researcher and/or participant in educational tours to countries in Europe, Middle and South America and Morocco. 

As a teacher, she strives to install in her students a greater appreciate for geography as a disciple that helps foster a deeper understanding of global interdependence, human-environment relations and the uniqueness of place.  Any student with an interest in geography is encouraged to stop by during office hours or send her an e-mail to learn more about the opportunities associated with a degree in geography.  

Education and Certifications

Ph.D. Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2009.  Dissertation, The Integration of European Borderlands: Polish Views on Cross-Border Mobility and Cooperation across the Polish-German Border

M.A.  Geography, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, May 2002.  Thesis, Is Ecotourism A Form of Sustainable Development? A Case Study of Four Ecotourism Destinations in Bahia, Brazil

B.A.  Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, May 2000.  Minor: Latin American Studies

Classes Taught

Regional Geography of the World (GEO 2303)

Geography of Europe (GEO 3213)

Geography of Russia and Central Asia (GEO 3303)

Economic Geography (GEO 4013)

World Geopolitical Hot Spots (GEO 4613)

Geographical Thought and Research (GEO 4893)

Geography of Migration (GEO 4513)


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