About Denis Wood - Biography

Featured on Ira Glass’s This American Life, Denis Wood is one of America’s best-loved experts on the significance and meaning of maps. Wood loves maps and loves to talk about them. Besides Seeing Through Maps, Wood is the author of the best-selling The Power of Maps. He also curated the award-winning exhibition of maps at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in 1992, and its even more popular incarnation at the Smithsonian in Washington the year after.

A writer/artist, Wood is also a social scientist. He has published over 60 articles in a variety of journals that ranges from Industrialization Forum to The Journal of Environmental Psychology. During the ’70s, Wood co-authored the best-selling World Geography Today, and in the ’90s the respected Home Rules. His Five Billion Years of Global Change was published in 2004, and Making Maps (with John Krygier) was published in 2005, both by Guilford Press.

Dr. Wood earned his Ph.D. and Masters in geography from Clark University, among the most highly regarded geography programs in the country. His undergraduate degree, in English, is from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, where Wood grew up. From 1996 to 1998 Wood served two years in prison. Wood’s book about that experience, My Kind of Time, was commissioned by John Hopkins University Press. It will be published in 2006 by Center for American Places.

A former educator, Wood taught high school in Worcester, Massachusetts. Later he taught environmental psychology and landscape history for nearly a quarter of a century in the School of Design at North Carolina State University. During the ’90s he was simultaneously a visiting professor at Duke University in the international studies program.

He has lectured around the world. In 1995 he keynoted the annual meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society. His consulting clients have ranged from Esselte Map Services and Maple Lake Sports Camps to Merrill Lynch and Manufacturers Hanover Trust.

Denis wood is fabulous speaker and seminar leader.

DENIS in Action
Denis Wood is captivating speaker. Attend one of his presentations and we guarantee you'll never see the world through the same eyes again! [To book Denis Wood as a speaker contact ODT, Inc].

The results…
in the words of someone who recently had Denis conduct a presentation…
"Denis Wood's event at our store on October 17th, 2002 was enthralling. Wood is passionate and meticulously informed about his subject. Couple that with loads of visual displays and it was a knock-out event. I highly recommend him and his book Seeing Through Maps."
Marilyn Flannigan
Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Philadelphia PA
[To book Denis Wood as a speaker contact ODT, Inc].