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Patrick McHaffie

PhD, University of Kentucky
MA, Eastern Kentucky University
BA, Eastern Kentucky University

Professor McHaffie joined the faculty at DePaul University in 1996 after academic appointments at West Virginia University, Dartmouth College, and West Georgia College. During the 1980’s he served with the Kentucky Geological Survey where he conducted environmental research related to coal mining, directed the National Cartographic Information Center affiliate office, and coordinated the State Topographic Mapping Program. Patrick served as Chair of the Department of Geography from 2001 to 2007 and is responsible (with David Jabon and Jennifer Galka) for the implementation of the DePaul GIS Laboratory on DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus.

Dr. McHaffie's research interests and publication history include the social history of cartography and GIS, the cartographic labor process, cartographic ethics, the geography of education spending, Appalachian social geography, and the social construction of the global. His current work (2008) involves a long term study of change in the cartographic labor process during the 20th century as well as work on automation as policy and ideology in the United States during the cold war. Over the past decade his work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, History of Cartography Project (University of Wisconsin), and the University Research and Quality of Instruction Councils (DePaul University).

Courses Offered:
GEO 241 Geographic Information Systems I
GEO 242 Geographic Information Systems II
GEO 243 Remote Sensing
GEO 244 Geographic Information Systems III
GEO 300 Geographical Inquiry

Selected Publications:

McHaffie, P., Hwang, S., and Follett, C. 2019. GIS: An Introduction to Mapping Technology. CRC Press/ Taylor & Francis: New York.

McHaffie, P., 2015. The United States Geological Survey. In: The History of Cartography: The Twentieth Century 6th edition, University of Chicago: Chicago.

McHaffie, P. 2012. The Technology War, The Magical Aeroplane, and the Shift to Photogrammetry in American Public-Sector Mapmaking. In: History of Cartography: International Symposium of the International Cartographic Association Commission. Springer-Verlag: Berlin.​ pp. 97-112.

McHaffie, P. 2002. Towards the Automated Map Factory: Early Automation at the U.S. Geological Survey. Cartography & Geographic Information Science 29:193-206.

McHaffie, P. 2000. Surfaces: Tacit Knowledge, Formal Language, and Metaphor at the Harvard Lab for Computer Graphics. International Journal of Geographic Information Science 14:755-773.

McHaffie, P. 1998. Contingency in the Local Provision of Public Education. Growth and Change29:173-191.

McHaffie, P. 1997. Decoding the Globe: Globalism, Advertising, and Corporate Practice. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 15:73-86.​