About Joel E. Quam

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Regional Geography of the former Soviet Union (especially Russia, Estonia, Latvia)


Current Projects:

  • Co-founder and co-chair of the Russia Committee, a COD committee devoted to teaching and learning about Russia


Selected Publications, Presentations, Books:

  • World Regional Geography: Atlas of the World - CD, Kendall/Hunt, 2001.
  • Book Translation - Russian to English, ZumBrunnen, Craig, Ed. Urban Geography in the Soviet Union and the United States, Savage, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1992.
  • "Ethnic Cleansing," Journal of Baltic Studies, Volume 28, No. 2, Summer 1997 (Book Review).
  • "The Baltic Nations and Europe," Russian History, Vol. 22, No. 4, Winter 1995 (Book Review).
  • Cartography (maps in): Johnson, Leland and Babcock, Russell. "Temperature and the Larval Ecology of the Crown-of-Thorns Starfish, Acanthaster placi," Biology Bulletin, Dec. 1994.



  • A.B.D. Geography, Indiana University
  • M.A. Russian Studies, University of Washington
  • B.A. Russian Studies, St. Olaf College


Professional Affiliations:

  • Association of American Geographers
  • Russian, Central Eurasian, and East European Specialty Group of the AAG Secretary/Treasurer, 1994-2003
  • American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies


Awards and Recognitions:

  • 2003-2004 - Selected as Professor in ICISP Exchange Partnership with the Netherlands