John Rennie Short is Professor of Public Policy. Before coming to UMBC in 2002 he was a Professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. From 1978 to 1990 he was Lecturer in the University to Reading UK. He has held visiting appointments as Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University, as the Erasmus Professor at Groningen University and as the Leverhulme Professor at Loughborough University. Among his research fellowships are the Vietor Fellowship to Yale University, the Dibner Fellowship to the Smithsonian, the Kono Fellowship to the Huntington Library and the Andrew Mellon Fellowship to the American Philosophical Library. He has received research awards from the Environmental Protection Agency, National Geographic Society and the Social Science Research Council.
Prof. Short’s main research interests are in urban issues, environmental concerns and cartographic representation. He is the author of 28 books, 17 invited chapters to edited books and over 50 papers in such journals as Area, City, Environment and Planning, Geoforum, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Journal of American Planning Association and Urban Studies. Recent books include Nature and The City (2007), Cities and Economies (2007), Liquid City (2007) Alabaster Cities (2006), Urban Theory (2006), Imagined Country (2005), Global Metropolitan (2004), Making Space (2004), Globalization and The Margins (2003), Global Dimensions (2001), Representing The Republic (2001) and Globalization and The City (1999). His The World Through Maps was recognized by Discover Magazine as one of the outstanding science books of 2003. His work has been translated in to Czech, Korean and Chinese and cited over 2000 times in articles in over 200 different research journals.
He is a founding co-editor of the journal Society and Space, founding editor of the book series Space, Place and Society published by Syracuse University Press and founding co-editor of the Critical Introduction to Urbanism book series published by Routledge.
He received his MA from the University of Aberdeen UK in 1973 and his Ph.D. from the University of Bristol UK in 1976.