Professor Emeritus
Urban, human, and geographic education

Carnegie Hall, 103

Curriculum Vitae

David Lanegran is a professor emeritus in the Geography Department.  He continues to love teaching geography, exploring the cities of the world and rural Minnesota. He has a special interest in historic maps of Minnesota and the use of historic maps as primary documents in social studies education.

Since retiring from full-time teaching in 2015, he has continued to teach a section of Human Geography for the Department each year and coordinates the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education, a group of educators who advocate for geographic literacy.  In addition, he is currently working with a team based at the U of M studying geography of modern commercial agriculture.


»» Lanegran Receives Award from the Association of American Geographers

Geography Professor David Lanegran, recognized for devoting “a large measure of his distinguished career to the advancement of geographic education and for his work,” has received the Association of American Geographers’ (AAG) Gilbert Grosvenor Honors for Geographic Education award.

The AAG citation went on to say Lanegran has, for the past 40 years, “pioneered, participated in, and shaped every significant movement in geography education at both K-12 and university levels.”

Mapping Minnesota Book ImageWhat was the first multimedia device? Geography Professor David Lanegran says it was the map. In this episode of Macalester Talks, he discusses his new book Minnesota on the Map. listen»

Lanegran recieved 2008 NCGE George J. Miller Award

»» Geography Department Oral Histories: Interview with David Lanegran, 2007

David Lanegran Received the 2008 Alumni Service Award

»» Lanegran talks about some of the best cities to visit

Professor David Lanegran talks about the importance of geography and what a person can do for a career. (April 2007) listen»

»» In April of 2000, David Lanegran gave his inaugural lecture as John S. Holl Professor of Geography. The lecture was entitled “New Urban Landscapes in the Post Apartheid Cities of South Africa.” He discussed the efforts of the new South African government to resolve housing issues created by 50 years of apartheid city planning. Details»


Interview with David Lanegran, Class of 1963 and John S. Holl Professor of Geography
Author: David Lanegran
Publication: Geography Department Oral Histories
Date: 2007

Reflections on Malaysian Urban Landscapes: Unplanned, Planned, and Preserved
Author: David A. Lanegran
Publication: Macalester International
Date: 2002

The Post-Apartheid City and the Globalization of Eroding the Landscape of Apartheid
Author: David Lanegran
Publication: Macalester International
Date: 2000


Links for Geography course syllabi can be found on our Course Syllabi page.