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October 25, 2017 at 6:17 pm

Notable Alumni | Geography Alum is Professor, Leads Africa Field Studies at Rose-Hulman

Graphic for College of Arts & Sciences Notable Alumni Award

Editor’s Note: The College of Arts & Sciences launches the Notable Alumni Awards, honoring 37 Notable Alumni in 2017 for broad accomplishments in their careers, a commitment to community service, and valuable contributions to Ohio University, the College of Arts & Sciences, and its students.

Michael Kukral ’82 Geography, ’86M Political Science, ’97M Environmental Studies

Ohio University alum Dr. Michael A. Kukral is Associate Professor of Geography & Africa Field Studies at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.

At Ohio University, Kukral earned a B.S. in Geography in 1982 and an M.A. in Political Science in 1986 from the College of Arts & Sciences, along with an M.Sc. in Environmental Science in 1987. He earned a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Kentucky in 1995.

During his graduate studies at OHIO, Kukral received an Ohio University Provost’s Summer Pool Grant Award ($3,700) for his project on “Sea, Land, & Home: Coastal Geography of the Outer Banks, N.C.,” as part of the Geography field methods camp.

Kukral also received a Fulbright Fellowship to Prague, Czechoslovakia, where he studied from 1989 until 1990.

Dr. Michael Kukral

Dr. Michael Kukral

Kukral joined Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1999, and his early teaching career included visiting professor positions at Ohio University and Ohio Wesleyan University.

During his appointment at OHIO, Kukral taught Geography of Europe, Geography of U.S. and Canada, Geographic Thought, Environmental Geography, Global Issues, Regional: Third World, Seminar: Political Geography, Introduction to European Studies, and Field Methods (Workshop: Coastal Geography on North Carolina).

Kukral has published 24 articles, book chapters, and study guides in national and international publications. Titles range from “Automatic Music for the Huddled Masses” to “Student Field Studies in Kenya,” from “Perpetuating Prague: Simulacra of Place” to “Czech Settlements in 19th century Cleveland, Ohio.”

His credentials also include 43 speaking engagements and presented papers. He has presented his work in Maryland, Kentucky, Florida, California, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Nevada, Iowa, Washington, Illinois, New York, Czechoslovakia, and here at Ohio University.

Michael Kukral leaning on guardrail, alongside a sign that says Perkeera Water Resource Users Association

At Rose-Hulman, Kukral coordinates multiple field study programs, including Africa Field Studies at Rose-Hulman. Recent trips included study of urban topography in Western Turkey, field studies in Kenya, and a map translation project with Ishikawa Prefectural University in Kanazawa, Japan.

Additionally, Kukral has  received many grants and awards, most recently in 2013, when he was named “Outstanding Professor of the Year,” from Triangle Fraternity (Engineers, Architects, Scientists) at Rose-Hulman.







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