John Western earned his BA from Oxford in 1968, his MA from Western Ontario in 1972, and his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1978. After a two-year high school teaching stint in the British Peace Corps in Burundi, he lived in South Africa in the mid to late 1970s, pursuing interview-based research which led to his book Outcast Cape Town. He has won several awards for his scholarship and teaching, including the Distinguished Teaching Honors national award from the Association of American Geographers in 2003. His academic specialties include social, cultural and political geography. He has lived and travelled widely, and was for some years the director of SU’s study abroad program in Strasbourg, France, about which city he is finishing a book.