Dr. Christopher P. Brown

Associate Professor, Spatial Applications and Research Center Director Chair, NMSU Faculty Senate

Portrait of Dr. Brown

Since becoming interested in U.S.-Mexico border issues while doing his Ph.D. work, Christopher Brown has been actively involved in the study of binational water resource issues on the U.S.-Mexico border. Brown’s specific areas of interest include binational water resource policy and the use of applied GIS tools to examine water quality and supply in twin city regions along the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Brown has a particular interest in comparative studies of these twin cities; at the root of these studies is the desire to see how the regional geographies involved in each area support various policy initiatives. In the last several years, Brown has also focused on the above issues in a “North American context,” exploring a framework that has been advanced by Robert Pastor that explores the idea of a “North American community.” In this work, Brown has explored comparative analysis of water resource management frameworks on the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders. Brown has also explored metrics by which the quality of life of U.S.-Mexico border residents can be measured, and in this work, he recently completed the development of a human development index for Doña Ana County with Madelyn Schoderbek and Randy Carr, staff members with the Spatial Applications and Research Center (SpARC) Lab.

In this latest research, Brown explores the revision of a Doña County Economic Development Atlas that he completed as part of a US Housing and Urban Development. As part of an interdisciplinary team,  Brown is working with colleagues in the Colleges of Business and Engineering to link the Atlas with supply chain research in the Santa Teresa binational port area. This work directly supports NMSU’s LEADS 2025 strategic plan, with a special focus on helping to stand up NMSU’s Healthy Borders initiative.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Research Interests

U.S.-Mexico border water resource policy; U.S.-Canada border water resource policy; quality of life and human development issues in US-Mexico borderlands


B.A. Economics, San Diego State University, 1986
M.A. Geography, Michigan State University, 1991
Ph.D. Geography; San Diego State University / University of California, Santa Barbara, 1998

Courses Taught

GEOG 328, Geography of Latin America (Syllabus)
GEOG 361V, Economic Geography (Syllabus)
GEOG 365, Urban Geography (Syllubus)
GEOG 501, Geographic Thought and Research Design (Syllabus)
GEOG 521, GIS Applications (Syllabus)
GEOG 585, Advanced Spatial Analysis (Syllabus)


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