Alex Oberle

Department of Geography
Faculty - Associate Professor of Geography


Urban Geography, GIS/Geotechniques, Immigration, Geography Education


B.A. University of Northern Colorado; M.A. University of Missouri; Ph.D. Arizona State University

Research Interests

--Urban/Ethnic Geography--

Latino urban settlement in the U.S.

Financial integration of recent immigrants

Immigration related urban redevelopment

--Geography Education--

GIS/Geospatial Technologies and spatial thinking in education

Internationalizing teacher education

Teaching Interests

Urban Geography and Urban Planning

Geographic Information Systems

World Geography

Human Geography

Latin America


Geographic Alliance of Iowa (Coordinator/Director); Iowa Department of Education, Social Studies Advisory Committee (Member); Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area, Partnership Panel (Member); UNI CSBS Project Grants Committee (Chair)

Selected Publications

--Recent Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters--

Oberle, Alex and Fabián Araya Palacios. 2012. “Developing standards-based geography curricular materials from overseas field experiences for K-12 teachers” Journal of Geography.  111:6, 245-253

Araya Palacios, Fabián and Alex Oberle. 2011. “Educación geográfica y colaboración académica internacional: El caso de la Universidad de La Serena (Chile) y University of Northern Iowa (EEUU).” Revista Geográfica de América Central.  2: 47, 217-243.

Curtis Nielsen, Alex Oberle, and Ramanathan Sugumaran. 2011.  “Implementing spatial thinking and geospatial technologies into the high school curriculum”.  Journal of Geography

Oberle, Alex, Sue Joseph, and David May.  2010.  “Geospatial technology as a vehicle for enhancing university graduate programs”.  Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 34:4, 475-492.

Li, Wei, Alex Oberle, and Gary Dymski.  2009.  “Global Banking and Financial Services to Immigrants in Canada and the United States”. Journal of International Migration and Integration. 10:1, 1-29.

Oberle, Alex and Daniel Arreola.  2008. “Resurgent Mexican Phoenix”.  Geographical Review. 98:2, 171-196.

Oberle, Alex and Wei Li.  2008.  “Divergent Trajectories: Asian and Latino immigration in Metropolitan Phoenix”.  In Suburban immigrant gateways: Immigration and incorporation into new U.S. metropolitan destinations, eds.  Audrey Singer and Susan Hardwick.  Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution Press.

 Oberle, Alex.  2006.  “Phoenix’s Hispanic business landscape: Latino outposts on the Anglo suburban frontier” In Landscapes of the Ethnic Economy, eds. David Kaplan and Wei Li.  Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Courses Taught

GEOG 2101 North American Cities


GEOG 4170 Regional Analysis and Planning

GEOG 1110 World Geography

GEOG 1120 Human Geography

HUM 3123 Latin America

GEOG 4560 Professional Seminar

GEOG 6000 Graduate Colloquium


ITTC 207