Patrick May

Associate Professor
Program Coordinator, Social Science
Phone: (603) 535-2501
Office: Tourism, Environment & Sustainable Societies, Rounds Hall Rm 209, MSC 39, Plymouth, NH 03264

Dr. May currently serves as coordinator of Geography program at PSU, including the majors in Geography (GE), Environmental Planning (EPL), and Tourism Management and Policy (TMP).   He teaches courses across the fields of human geography and has specific background in urban and historical geography.  Patrick is committed to the continued integration of geography within the K-12 social studies curriculum and served as the coordinator of the PSU social studies education program from 2000-2012, building a wonderful network of social studies colleagues and alumni throughout the state.  Patrick takes particular pride in his role as faculty advisor, working to integrate students’ academic interests with their career goals through extra-curricular activities, study abroad, internships, and other experiences.  As the co-advisor to the PSU Geography Club, he has happily taken students to regional and national conferences each year.  Patrick is an Ohio native, taught college in Baltimore for 10 years prior to PSU, and lives for the experiences gained through travel, both domestic and international.

Service Roles and Honors

  • National History Day program, NH State Coordinator (2003-2013)
  • NH Council for Social Studies, Executive Board Member and President (2001-2012)
  • PSU Distinguished Advising Award (2010)
  • Visiting faculty member for PSU Freshman Abroad program in Limerick, Ireland (2007)

Research Interests

  • Residential and occupational segregation in US cities
  • Cultural Landscape and the creation of identity
  • Vernacular region development and exploitation in American recreation

Courses Taught

  • Globalization and Diversity
  • Human Geography
  • Urban Geography
  • Geography for Educators (new in 2013)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (Special Topics in Regional Geography)
  • Political Geography (Special Topics in Human Geography)
  • Cultural Geography (Special Topics in Human Geography)