J. Amato, Associate Professor of
Demography and Geography chairs the Department of
Rural and Regional Studies. He grew up in southwestern
Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University.
The author of several articles and reviews in national,
international and on-line publications, Dr. Amato
currently focuses his research on the intersection
of culture, economy, and environment.
Office: ST 203C
Phone: (507) 537-6117
A. Amato, Professor emeritus of the
Center for Rural and Regional Studies and Professor
emeritus of History, received his Ph.D. from the University
of Rochester. In addition to numerous works in European
intellectual and cultural history, he has authored
many books on rural life and the contemporary countryside.
They include Countryside, Mirror of Ourselves;
When Father and Son Conspire: A Minnesota Farm
Murder; The Great Jenusalem Artichoke Circus:
The Buying and Selling of the Rural American Dream;
Servants of the Land: God, Family, and Farm, the
Trinity of Belgian Economic Folkways in Southwestern
Minnesota; To Call It Home: The New Immigrants
of Southwestern Minnesota; Dust: A History
of the Small and the Invisible, Rethinking
Home: A Case for Writing Local History, and most
recently, A Place Called Home: Writings on the
Midwestern Small Town.
Office: ST 203A
Phone: (507) 537-6295
Jan Louwagie received
her B.A. in history from Southwest State University.
She is coordinator of the Southwest
Minnesota Regional Research Center, an archive of
public documents located at SSU. One of the founders
and an officer of the Society
for the Study of Local and Regional History, she
coordinates and organizes grant projects and conferences.
She, her husband, and four children operate a family
farm in Lyon County.
Office: ST 203B, SS 133
Phone: (507) 537-7373
Charles L. Kost, Director
of the GIS Center, received a graduate certificate
in GIS from St. Cloud State University. He coordinates
the activities of the GIS
Center providing technical support through consultation
to faculty, students and regional GIS users, conducting
training workshops in the use of GIS software, and
gathering and storing data of significance for use
in preparing maps of the region.
Office: SM 206
Phone: (507) 537-6371
Sara Wiertzema, CRRS
Webmaster, is a sophomore attending SMSU. She plans
to double major in early childhood education and elementary
education with a minor in special education. She grew
up in southwestern Minnesota in a rural area.
Office: ST 203
Phone: (507) 537-6226
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Phone: (507) 537-6226
Fax: (507) 537-6147
Last updated: March 21, 2006