Professor of Geography; Co-Head, Atwater Commons
Pete began teaching in the Geography Department at Middlebury in the fall of 1999. He received his BA in geography and environmental studies from Dartmouth in 1993 and his MA (1996) and PhD (1999) from the University of Washington. At Middlebury, he teaches courses in economic geography, urban geography, population geography, rural geography, research methods, and migration. His research interests focus on rural economic change in the United States, and he is particularly interested in the economic changes taking place in areas attracting large numbers of retiring baby boomers. Having studied at a small liberal arts college as an undergraduate, Pete feels very fortunate to be on the faculty at Middlebury surrounded by interesting students, faculty, and staff. For Pete, working as the co-Head of Atwater Commons has been particularly rewarding, as this position allows him the opportunity to engage students’ interests beyond those that emerge within the classroom setting.
When not in the classroom, Pete enjoys running, biking, skiing, and fly-fishing, and he is always interested in your recommendations for a good book to read. He also spends a great deal of time chasing his two sons (Lucas, age 8 and Baker, age 4) around, and you will often see them on the sidelines or in the stands at various College sporting events.