Daniel D. Arreola


(480) 965-4794
COOR 5592

Additional Affiliation(s)

Affiliate Faculty, School of Transborder Studies
Affiliate Faculty, North American Center for Transborder Studies


1980 - Ph.D. (Geography) University of California, Los Angeles
1975 - M.A. (Geography) California State University, Hayward
1972 - B.A. (Geography) University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests

Landscapes, cultural identity, place-making; Mexican-American borderlands; Hispanic/Latino Americans

Current Research Activities

Visual History of the Mexican Border Cities investigates how border cities have been represented in popular media using a personal archive of postcard imagery to analyze views of towns over time. See Border Town Postcard Views: Historic Postcard Imagery from Mexican Border Cities

Awards and Honors

2012-2013 - Picturing the Past through Popular Media: Photographic Postcard Views of Sonora Mexican Border Towns, 1900s-1950s. Comparative Border Studies, School of Transborder Studies, Arizona State University, $5000 to support fieldwork and archival research.

2010-2011 - Bill and Rita Clements Research Fellowship for the Study of Southwestern History, William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University to enable fieldwork and writing for book project Picturing the Mexican Border Towns along the Lower Rio Grande.

2007 - Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University, "Nature and Culture in the Sky Islands Borderlands" Department of History and School of Geographical Sciences, $9,875 to support Border Field Institute in May 2007 (co-PI Paul Hirt).

2005 - Distinguished Service Award, Association of Pacific Coast Geographers.

2004 - National Geographic Society, Committee for Research and Exploration, $5,000 grant to support project "Mexican Border City Landscape Change: An Analysis Using Repeat Photography."

2003 - John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize from the Association of American Geographers, for Tejano South Texas.

2003 - Distinguished Scholar Award, American Ethnic Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers.

2003 - Carl O. Sauer Distinguished Scholarship Award, Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers.

Selected Publications


Arreola, D. D. 2013.  Postcards from the Río Bravo Border: Picturing the Place, Placing the Picture, 1900s-1950s. University of Texas Press.

Arreola, D. D. 2004. Hispanic Spaces, Latino Places: Community and Cultural Diversity in Contemporary America. University of Texas Press.

Arreola, D. D. 2002. Tejano South Texas: A Mexican-American Cultural Province. University of Texas Press.

Arreola, D. D. and J. R. Curtis. 1993. The Mexican Border Cities: Landscape Anatomy and Place Personality. University of Arizona Press.

Journal Articles

Arreola, D. D. 2012.Chiricahua Apache Homeland in the Borderland Southwest. Geographical Review 102, 1: 111-131.

Arreola, D. D. 2012.Placemaking and Latino Urbanism in a Phoenix Mexican Immigrant Community. Journal of Urbanism 5, 2-3: 159-172.

Price, P. L., C. Lukinbeal, R. N. Gioioso, D. D. Arreola, D. J. Fernández, T. Ready, M. de los Angeles Torres. 2011. Placing Latino Civic Engagement. Urban Geography 32, 2: 179-207.

Arreola, D. D.  2010.The Mexico-US Borderlands through Two Decades. Journal of Cultural Geography 27, 3: 331-351.

Arreola, D. D. 2010.  Personality, Geographic Art & Lessons from Sauer’s Mexico. Geographical Review 100, 3: 291-294.

Arreola, D. D. and Nick Burkhart. 2010.  Photographic Postcards and Visual Urban Landscape. Urban Geography 31, 7: 885-904.

Lukinbeal, C., D. D. Arreola, D. Lucio. 2010. Mexican Colonias in the Salt River Valley. Geographical Review 100 (1): 12-34.

Arreola, D. D., W. E. Doolittle, L. Sutton, A. Fernandez, J. Finn, C. Smith, C. Allen. 2009. Huépac Revisited: Cultural Remapping of a Sonoran Townscape. Journal of the Southwest 51 (2) (Summer): 1-28.

Finn, J., A. Fernandez, L. Sutton, D. D. Arreola, C. Allen, C. Smith. 2009. Puerto Peñasco, Fishing Village to Tourist Mecca. Geographical Review 99 (4): 575-597.

Courses Taught

GCU 421 - Arizona & the Southwest
GCU 344 - Hispanic/Latino Americans
GCU 361 - Urban Geography
GCU 425 - Mexican-American Borderland