John Florin earned his BA in history and geography from the University of Kansas in 1964,and the MA (1966) and PhD (1971) in geography from Penn State. He writes:
I had traveled east for the advanced degrees mainly to see the region, with the full expectation to returning west of the Mississippi. It never happened. I joined the department at Carolina in 1969 and have stayed here except for brief stints as visiting professor at West Point and Sir Geogre Williams in Montreal. While one of my great pleasures continues to be the occasional trip to the American West from the Rockies to the Pacific, I find the environment of the East Coast especially inviting for a cultural/historical geographer.
My teaching and research interest focus upon U.S. historical and cultural geography, population, and medical geography. The courses I most often teach include our introductory course in global regional geography, a basic course in human geography required of all majors, an upper division course in the historical geography of the United States and population geography, and a graduate seminar in historical geography. I am also department chair (since 1987) and Executive Director of Carolina's Office of Study Abroad (since 1994).
My recent publications include, Atlas of American Agriculture:The American Cornucopia (New York:Macmillan, 1995) with Richard Pillsbury; "Introduction" and "Regionalization of Health Care" in Thomas C. Rickets et al. (eds.), Geographic Methods of Health Services Research (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1994); and Regional Landscapes of the United States and Canada (New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1992, 4th edition) with Steve Birdsall.