Dr. Christopher P. Brown

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

Since becoming interested in U.S.-Mexico border issues while doing his Ph.D. work in the early 1990s, 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 Jorge Castañeda dealing with the idea of a “North American community.” In this work, he has explored comparative analysis of water resource management frameworks on the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders. Brown’s latest area of research examines the development of metrics by which the quality of life of U.S.-Mexico border residents can be measured, and he recently completed the development of a human development index for Doña Ana County in southern New Mexico with Madelyn Schoderbek and Randy Carr, staff members of the Spatial Applications and Research Center (SpARC) Lab at NMSU.

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 365, Urban Geography (Syllabus)
GEOG 521, GIS Applications (Syllabus)
GEOG 585, Advanced Spatial Analysis (Syllabus)


575-646-1892 (Phone)
575-646-7430 (Fax)
Breland Hall, Room 149