Affiliate Faculty
Center for Spatial Analysis

Affiliate Faculty
School for International Studies

729 Elm Ave, Room 116
Norman, OK 73019-2105

Phone: (405) 325-1584
Fax: (405) 325-7402

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Courses I Teach at OU

Spring 2008
  • GEOG 1103 - Human Geography (GEN ED - Western Culture)
  • GEOG 3513 - Political Geography (GEN ED - Upper Division Western Culture) 
  • GEOG 3243 - Principles of Economic Geography
Previous Graduate Seminars
  • Religion, Culture and Geopolitics (Fall 2007)
  • Cyberspace (Fall 2006)
  • Money and Finance (OU Advanced Programs 2007)

Darren Purcell

Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Advisor

Dept. of Geography
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK, 73019
Email: dpurcell(at symbol-no spam)
PH: 405-325-9193

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Research and Teaching Interests

My interests explore the links between nationalism, geopolitics and information and communication technologies (ICTs.) As technology is a social structure, using ICTs can foster new forms of identity, new forms of conflict, and direct challenges to the power of the state to maintain control of space, territory, and societies.

I also have interests in economic geography, in particular the use of ICTs to change place images and foster both foreign direct investment and tourism flows. Additional work on credit union fields of membership has yielded several presentations and publications.

Additionally, I started as a geography major near the end of the Cold War, and thus specialized in what was then termed Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, and continue to have an active interest in the region. Examples of research publications and presentations can be found in my CV.

Indian blanket with a moth in it.

Indian Blanket with Moth and Beetle, May 2007. Little Sahara State Park, Oklahoma. Photo by Darren Purcell

University of Oklahoma | College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences 

Representative Publications

News - From Many Sides

The Economist - Libertarian
The Nation - Progressive
The Weekly Standard - Conservative - Public Radio International's Business Programs

Sports and Humor

Pearls Before Swine - Dark Humor
CNNSI - Free Content, and Frank Deford's columns call out the best and worst of sport.
Over the Hedge - Suburbs meet the wilderness