Fiona M. Davidson

Fiona M. Davidson

Associate Professor

Director of European Studies Program

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-3879

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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 assocaite 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 supervised (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 supervised (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

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

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