Burkham, Jonathan

At UW-Whitewater

University - Faculty/Staff
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR / Associate Professor (SS)
Office Phone
(262) 472-7173
Office Location
UH 114


My research is primarily focused on the relationship between migration and the economy.  As a population geographer,  I  seek to understand how economies and labor markets are affected by demographic trends, including declining fertility rates, and the role of immigrants in filling labor shortages.  I am particularly interested in how these processes play out in Wisconsin and the broader Midwest, a region that is entering a period of demographic decline.


I am the coordinator for the International Studies and Japanese Studies programs at UWW.  The International Studies major is an interdisciplinary program, which combines a broad core curriculum in the social sciences with an emphasis on learning a foreign language and studying abroad.  An International Studies minor is also offered.  The Japanese Studies program offers a major or a minor with extensive instruction in the Japanese language and opportunities for study in Japan.


I teach a variety of courses serving the geography and international studies programs, including:

International Studies 200 - What is Happening in the World?
Geography 230 - Human Geography
Geography 252 - Global Environmental Challenges
Geography 335 - Geography of Population and Migration
Geography 365 - Geography of Latin America
Geography/Environmental Science 491 - Travel Study: Ecotourism and Sustainability in Peru
International Studies 488 - The Capstone class for International Studies Majors and Minors

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