Dr. Fiona M. Davidson

Dr. Fiona Davidson
Associate Professor of Geography
Dept. Co-Chair

219 Gearhart Hall
Department of Geosciences
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Phone: 479-575-3159
FAX: 479-575-3469
Degrees Ph.D. University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Geography, 1991
  M.A. University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Geography, 1987
  B.A. Newcastle Upon Tyne Polytechnic University, Geography, 1985
Teaching Areas Professor Davidson is the vice-chair for the Department of Geosciences.  She currently teaches courses in Human Geography, Emerging Nations, Economic Geography, Conservation of Natural Resources, Urban Geography, Political Geography, American Public Land Policy, and the Geography of Europe. She is also an active member of teaching and advisory team for the University of Arkansas' Humanities Honors Project (H2P).

Classes taught include: Human Geography, Physical Geography, Economic Geography, Emerging Nations, Developed Nations, Conservation and Natural Resources, Map Design, Geography of North America, Geography of Europe, Urban Geography, Political Geography, Humanities Honors II, The Equilibrium of Cultures, Humanities Honors III, The Birth of the Modern, European Studies Colloquium, Readings in the Geography of War and Conflict, Readings in Regional and Urban Development, Readings in West European Political Geography, Readings in American Public Lands, Geography Field Methods
Research Interests Dr. Davidson's work on the European Union examines the impact of European Union initiatives and structures on the evolving nationalist and regionalist movements of Western Europe -- her expertise has been sought by many international agencies.
Professional Biography Dr Davidson received her B.A. (Honors) from Newcastle Upon Tyne Polytechnic in 1985,  She went on to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1991.  Having gained teaching experience as an associate lecturer at the University of Nebraska, she taught for two years at Western Illinois University, and worked as a research associate at the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs.  In 1992, she joined the University of Arkansas as an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Arkansas.  Professor Davidson was promoted and tenured in 1998, and was appointed in 2004 as the Director of the European Studies Program in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences.
Recent students (Masters) Al-Hediaf, Mohamed (MA, 2003) Desertification in the Al-Qassim region of Saudi Arabia
Alkaabi, Saeed (MA, 2002) Immigration and population growth problems in the UAE
Fahkroo, Fahad (MA, 2002) Analysis of urban growth and transportation in Qatar
Alneaimi, Mohamed (MA, 2000) Causes and consequences of population growth in the UAE
Barrett, Scott (MA, 1999) Perceptions of whiteness among privileged Venezuelan students in the US
Hill, Brandon (MA, 1999) Political culture, corporate policy and gay partner rights in the US
Recent students (Ph.D.) Mohamed Alneaimi, (Ph.D, 2002) Population and water management in the UAE, 1970-2000
Judy Rogers  (Ph.D, 2007) Analysis of the Spatial Clustering of Disease in Prairie Grove, AR
  1992 to present  Assistant & Associate Professor, University  of Arkansas, Fayetteville
1996 to 1997      Visiting Research Fellow, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge
1990 to 1992      Research Associate, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
1990 to 1992      Instructor, Department of Geography, Western Illinois University
1985 to 1990      Associate Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Nebraska
Academic Interests and Accomplishments Professor Davidson's primary research interests lie in political geography and the European Union. Her current work in political geography investigates the changing voting patterns in Scottish elections over the last two decades with particular emphasis on the fortunes of the Scottish National Party, and the impact of the devolution of power to sub-national units in Britain.

She is the co-author of two popular books in political geography as well as a number of articles on Scottish and European politics.  She is also a past President of the Southwest Association of American Geographers (SWAAG) and is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Political Geography Specialty Group in the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and serves on the editorial board of the Southwestern Geographer Magazine.
  Fulbright College Master Teacher 2003-2004
University of Arkansas Outstanding Mentor 2004
Department of Geosciences Outstanding Teacher 2003-2004
Scholarly society memberships: Association of American Geographers
Institute of British Geographers
Arkansas Geographic Society
Gamma Theta Upsilon
Sigma Xi
Dr. Davidson was born in Scotland and raised in Scotland, Hong Kong and England. She moved to the US in 1985 and has lived in Nebraska, California, Illinois and Arkansas.  She is married to another geographer and together they spend much of their free time traveling. She also enjoys reading, cooking, sewing, and gardening.
Selected Publications and Presentations
Davidson, F.M., Shelley, F.M., Archer, J.C., O’Lear, S., Webster G. and Brunn, S.E. (2005). Global Political Geography New Jersey: Guilford Press
Davidson, F.M. (1998). “A New Europe? The European Union and the Regions: the case of Scotland” in Teaching Political Geography  (F.M. Davidson, J.I. Leib, F.M. Shelley and G.R. Webster: editors). NCGE Pathways Series #19 pp. 25-30
Davidson, F.M. (1997). “Integration and Disintegration: A Political Geography of the European Union”, Journal of Geography 96 #2 pp. 69-75
Davidson, F.M., Shelley, F.M., Archer, J.C.. and Brunn, S.E. (1996). America's Political Geography. New Jersey: Guilford Press
Davidson, F.M. (1996). "The Fall and Rise of the Scottish National Party (SNP) since 1983: Analysis of A Regional Party"  Scottish Geographical Magazine 112 #1 pp.11-19


Grant funding since 1998 exceeds $175,000 (Co-PI)