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Faculty Image Christiane von Reichert, Chair
Office: Stone Hall 210
Phone: 406-243-4784
Fax: 406-243-4840
Email: chris.vonreichert@mso.umt.edu

 

Current Position:

Professor and Chair of Geography

Office Hours:

Tu 9.40-11; We 10.10-11, Th 9.40-11, and by arrangement.

Field Of Study:

Migration, Rural Areas, Economic Geography, Socio-demographic Community Analysis, Transportation, Geographically Marginalized Populations. 

Research Interests:

Economic Geography, Migration, Quantitative Methods, Qualitative Methods, Rural Communities, Socio-demographic Community Analysis, Transportation, United States. 

Courses:

GPHY 121S - Introduction to Human Geography
GPHY 323S - Economic Geography of Rural Areas 
GPHY 423 - Migration and Population Change
GPHY 468/469 - Community and Regional Analysis (with laboratory)
GPHY 486/489 - Transport, Planning, and GIS (with laboratory)
GPHY 497 - Workshop in Teaching Geography
GPHY 500 - Colloquium
GPHY 504 - Introduction to Geographical Research
GPHY 505 - Research Design
GPHY 515 - Advanced Human Geography: Migration
GPHY 515 - Advanced Human Geography: Rural America

Hobbies:

Travel, gardening, camping, healthful living

Education:

Ph.D., Geography, University of Idaho, 1992
M.S., Economics and Regional Science, Christian-Albrechts Universität Kiel, Germany, 1981
B.S., Economics, Bayerische Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg, Germany, 1976

Affiliations:

Association of American Geographers AAG
Gamma Theta Upsilon Geographical Honor Society  GTU
Rural Sociological Society RSS
Montana Association of GIS Professionals MAGIP

Specialized Skills:

Quantitative methods/statistics; qualitative methods/text analysis; travel demand model/GIS-T; analysis of geographic access/isolation.

Professional Experience:

Christiane von Reichert is an economic geographer with research interests in human migration, in particular amenity-driven migration and migration in the West, and migration movements into and out of the Northern Great Plains. She has published on individuals' willingness to give up income for amenities (Review of Regional Studies 1992) and on how amenities captured in (lower) wages and (higher) rents differently affect labor force and non-labor force migrants (Journal of Regional Science 1994). At professional meetings she presented her research findings on the simultaneous effects of migration and employment change-- for different educational groups, and on the effects of regional attributes on the decision to stay rather than move. She further examined socio-economic differences between residents and migrants in the Mountain West, and population dynamics in Montana (Montana Business Quarterly 1997, Greater Great Falls Business Journal 2000). Dr. von Reichert employed quantitative and qualitative methodologies to study return migration (Montana Business Quarterly 1998, Growth and Change 2002, The Rocky Mountain West's Changing Landscape 2000).  Prof. von Reichert’s research on the Northern Great Plains and people’s  propensities to stay or leave their communities appeared in Population Change and Rural Society (eds. Kandel&Brown 2006). Dr. von Reichert’s  research in recent years includes migration histories and spatio-temporal GIS, and transportation geography and modeling.

Dr. von Reichert's research has long shown a concern for regional disparities and regional inequalities, for instance in access to infrastructure and services. She published on unequal access to health care in Montana (Geoforum 1995) and on regional disparities in North Germany (Kieler Geographishe Schriften 1984, Bremer Beiträge zur Geographie und Raumplanung 1987). Dr. von Reichert was awarded a research grant from USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extensions Service CSREES to study (with co-investigators John Cromartie ad Robert Gibbs from the Economic Research Service)  'Return Migration to Geographically Disadvantaged Communities in the Rural United States'.  Dr. von Reichert is being aided in the coordination of this study by Ryan Arthun, Research Assistant in the Department of Geography.

International Experience:

Dr. von Reichert was born and raised in Germany and has traveled extensively (Europe, Southeast Asia, the South Pacific/Oceania, Central and South America, Turkey and its neighbors.She spent Fall 2006 as a Visiting Scholar in Georgia, Caucasus, to offer workshops on 'Teaching Geography.' 

Honors/Awards:

Ruffatto Memorial Award 2013
ERS Visiting Research Scholar 2011
International Visiting Scholar, Georgia 2006
Faculty Development Award 2003
Engagement Award 2002
Diane A. Haynes Award 1992
Faculty Excellence Award 1989

Other Publications:

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

von Reichert, Christiane, John Cromartie and Ryan O. Arthun. forthcoming. "Impacts of Return Migration on Rural U.S. Communities." Rural Sociology. DOI: 10.1111/ruso.12024 (early online release)

von Reichert, Christiane, John B. Cromartie and Ryan O. Arthun. 2013. "Intergenerational Relationships and Rural Return Migration." Pp. 251-71 in Rural Aging in 21st Century America, edited by N. Glasgow and H. E. Berry. Dordrecht,The Netherlands: Springer.

Wall, Tamara and Christiane von Reichert. 2013. "Divorce as an Influence in Return Migration to Rural Areas." Population, Space and Place 19(3):350-363  doi: 10.1002/psp.1719.

von Reichert, Christiane, John Cromartie and Ryan Arthun. 2012. "Reasons for and Barriers to Rural Return Migration." The Professional Geographer. doi: 10.1080/00330124.2012.725373 (early online release)

von Reichert, Christiane, John B. Cromartie and Ryan O. Arthun. 2011. "Returning Home and Making a Living: Employment Strategies of Return Migrants to Rural U.S. Communities ". Journal of Rural and Community Development 6(2):35-52.

von Reichert, Christiane. 2006. "Community Evaluation and Migration Intentions: The Role of Attraction and Aversion to Place on the Northern Great Plains” " Pp. 333-56 in Population Change and Rural Society, edited by W. Kandel and D. L. Brown. Berlin: Springer.

von Reichert, Christiane. 2002. "Returning and New Montana Migrants: Socio-Economic and Motivational Differences." Growth and Change 33(1):133-51. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2478.2001.00283.x.

von Reichert, Christiane, William H. McBroom, Fred W. Reed and Paul B. Wilson. 1995. "Access to Health Care and Travel for Birthing: Native American-White Differentials in Montana." Geoforum 26(3):297-308.

von Reichert, Christiane and Gundars Rudzitis. 1994. "Rent and Wage Effects on the Choice of Amenity Destinations of the Labor Force and Non-Labor Force.". Journal of Regional Science 34(3):445-55.

von Reichert, Christiane and Gundars Rudzitis. 1992. "Multinomial Logistic Models Explaining Income Changes of Migrants to High-Amenity Counties." The Review of Regional Studies 22(1):25-42.

EDITED CHAPTERS, MONOGRAPHS, PROCEEDINGS, REPORTS

von Reichert, Christiane, John B. Cromartie and Ryan O. Arthun. 2013. "Intergenerational Relationships and Rural Return Migration." Pp. 251-71 in Rural Aging in 21st Century America, edited by N. Glasgow and H. E. Berry. Dordrecht,The Netherlands: Springer.

Spielman, Kimberly and Christiane von Reichert. 2009. Food Supply Chains and Food Miles. An Analysis of Selected Conventional, Non-Local Organic, and Other-Alternative Foods Sold in Missoula, Montana. : Thesis published by VDM Publishing.

von Reichert, Christiane. 2007. "U.S. Population Dynamics: Heartlands-Mountains Contrasts." Pp. 348-55 in IIIrd  International Scientific Conference on American Studies, November 3-5, 2006. Akaki Tsereteli State University, Kutaisi, Georgia.

von Reichert, Christiane. 1998. "Who Are the Migrants and Why Do They Come? Analysis of Survey Data Focusing on Return and New Migrants to Montana." Research report commissioned by the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation. Department of Geography, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT.

von Reichert, Christiane. 1998. "Montana’s Changing Migration Patterns.". Research report commissioned by the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation. Department of Geography, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT.