Mark Palmer

Mark Palmer
Associate Professor
206 Stewart Hall

Ph.D., Geography, University of Oklahoma

M.S., Rural Geography, University of Northern Arizona

B.S., Geography, University of Oklahoma

Research Interests

My work focuses upon the social aspects of geographic information systems including the uneven development of geographic information networks within institutions and their connections and disconnections within indigenous communities around the world.  More specifically, I study UNESCO World Heritage nomination maps/GIS to determine what translations and network alignments work or do not work, and ho to flatten out the process to allow for greater Indigenous participation.


Emphasis:  Indigenous mapping and GIS, natural resources, UNESCO, World Heritage, qualitative methods, place-based approach to earth systems science

Select Publications

Palmer, M. and C. Korson. 2020. Decolonizing World Heritage Maps using Indigenous Toponyms, Stories, and Interpretive Attributes. Cartographica: The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization. Forthcoming.

Erb, J., Hearne, J. and M. Palmer. 2018. Origin Stories in the Genealogy of Cherokee Language Technology. Boundary 2-An International Journal of Literature and Culture.

Erb, J., Hearne, J. and M. Palmer. 2017. Origin Stories in the Genealogy of Cherokee Language Technology. Boundary 2-An International Journal of Literature and Culture. Forthcoming.

Palmer, M. and A. Feyerherm. 2017. Visual Convincing of Intangible Cultural Relationships using Maps: A Case Study of the Tongariro National Park World Heritage Nomination Dossier. The Canadian Geographer /Le Géographe Canadien. Forthcoming

Palmer, M. 2016. Sustaining Indigenous Geographies through World Heritage: A Study of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National ParkSustainability Science 11(1): 13-24.

Palmer, M. 2016. Kiowa Storytelling around a Map. In C. Travis and A. van Lunen (Ed.), The Digital Arts and Humanities: Neogeography, Social Media and Big Data Integration and Applications (Dordrecht, NLD: Springer Publishing), pp. 63-73.

Palmer, M., and Rundstrom, R. 2013. GIS, Internal Colonialism, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian AffairsAnnals of the Association of American Geographers 103(5): 1142-1159.

Palmer, M. and Kraushaar, S. 2013. Volunteered Geographic Information, Actor Network Theory, and Severe Storm Reports. In D. Sui, S. Elwood, and M. Goodchild (Ed.), Crowdsourcing Geographic Knowledge (Dordrecht, NLD: Springer Publishing), pp. 287-306.

Palmer, M. 2013. (In)digitizing Cáuigú Historical Geographies: Technoscience as a Postcolonial Discourse. In A. von Lunen and C. Travis (Ed.), History and GIS: Epistemologies, Considerations and Reflections, (Dordrecht, NLD: Springer Publishing), pp. 39-58.

Palmer, M. 2013b. Cartographic Encounters with the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ GIS. In D. Cole and I. Sutton (Ed.), Mapping Native America: Cartographic Interactions between Indigenous Peoples, Government, and Academia, (modified reprint of Palmer, M. 2012, AICRJ article), In press

Palmer, M. 2012a. Cartographic Encounters at the BIA GIS Center of CalculationAmerican Indian Culture and Research Journal36(2) 75-102.

Palmer, M. 2012b. Theorizing Indigital Geographic Information NetworksCartographica: The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization 47(2): 80-91.

Palmer, M. 2011. Sold! The Loss of Kiowa Allotments in the Post-Indian Reorganization EraAmerican Indian Culture and Research Journal 35(3): 73-57.

Palmer, M. and Hanney, J. 2010. Geographic Information Networks in American Indian Governments and CommunitiesInternational Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking 2(2): 1-10.

Palmer, M., Elmore, R.D., Watson, M.J., Kloesel, K., Palmer, K. 2009. Xoa:dau to Maunkaui: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge into an Undergraduate Earth Systems Science CourseJournal of Geoscience Education 57(2): 137-44.

Palmer, M. 2009. Engaging with Indigital Geographic Information NetworksFutures: The Journal of Policy, Planning and Futures Studies 41: 33-40.

Palmer, M. 2007. Cut From the Same Cloth: The United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, Geographic Information Systems, and Cultural Assimilation. In Information Technology and Indigenous People, edited by Laurel Evelyn Dyson, Max Hendriks, and Stephen Grant. (Hershey, PA: Information Science Publishing) pp. 220-31.

Palmer, M. and Rundstrom, R. 2005. Commentary in response to "Satellite Culture: Global Positioning Systems, Inuit Wayfinding, and the Need for a New Account of Technology" by C. Aporta and E. Higgs. Current Anthropology 46(5): 747-48.

Palmer, M. 2000. Hands-On Thunderstorms - Activities to Help Students and Teachers Understand Thunderstorms and Severe WeatherScience and Children 37(7): 40-45.

Other Publications:

Elmore, R.D., Palmer, M.H., Watson, M.J., and Kloesel, K. 2008. A Pipeline for Native American Students in Geoscience at the University of Oklahoma. Geoscience Diversity 2008: Status, Strategies, and Successful Models I, 2008 Joint Meeting of The Geological Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies with the Gulf Coast Section of SEPM. Vol. 40, No. 6, p. 129.

Palmer, M. H., Stevenson, S., and Zaras, D. S. 2000. Student Evaluations of the Oklahoma Weather Center REU Program: 1995, 1998, and 1999. Preprints, Ninth Symposium on Education, Long Beach, Calif., American Meteorological Society, 24-27.

Palmer, M.H. 1998. Research Experiences for Undergraduates at the Oklahoma Weather Center: Summer 1998. Preprints, Eighth Symposium on Education, Dallas, Texas, American Meteorological Society, 42-45.