James Rubenstein

Professor of Geography

Miami University
114 Shideler Hall
Oxford, Ohio 45056


  • AB 1970, University of Chicago
  • MSc 1971, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • PhD 1975, The Johns Hopkins University 

Selected Publications


2019 Contemporary Human Geography 4th ed., Upper Saddle Lake, NJ: Pearson Education. 3rd ed. 2016; 2nd ed. 2013; 1st ed. 2010.

2017 The Cultural Landscape 12th ed., Upper Saddle Lake, NJ: Pearson Education. 11th ed. 2014, 10th ed. 2011, 9th ed. 2008, 8th ed. 2005, 7th ed. update 2003, 7th ed. 2002, 6th ed. 1999, 5th ed. 1996, 4th ed. 1994, 3rd ed. 1992, 2nd ed. 1989; 1st ed. 1981.

2014 A Profile of the Automobile and Motor Vehicle Industry: Innovation, Transformation, Globalization, New York: Business Expert Press.

2008 Who Really Made Your Car? Restructuring and Geographic Change in the Auto Industry. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research (coauthor with Thomas Klier). 

2001 Making and Selling Cars: Innovation and Change in the U.S. Automotive Industry. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Articles and chapters in books

2018 "Integrated Peripheral Markets in the Auto Industries of Europe and North America," International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management 18(1), pp. 1-28, with Corey Brincks, Boleslaw Domanski, and Thomas H. Klier.

2017 "Mexico's Growing Role in the Auto Industry Under NAFTA: Who Makes What and What Goes Where," Economic Perspectives 41(6), with Thomas Klier, on-line at https://www.chicagofed.org/publications/economic-perspecitves/2017/6

2016 "North American and European Responses To Crisis in the Motor Vehicle Industry." In Global Economic Crisis and Local Economic Development: International Cases and Policy Responses by Jason Begley, Dan Coffey, Tom Donnelly, and Carole Thornley, eds. Routledge, pp 170-187.

2016 "Forces Shaping Industry Agglomeration: Comparing the Auto Production Footprint in Europe and North America, Economic Perspectives, with Thomas Klier.

2016 "The role of national champions in the evolving footprint of vehicle production in Europe - 1990-2013," International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, with Corey Brinks and Thomas Klier.

2013 "Restructuring of the U.S. Auto Industry in the 2008-2009 Recession," Economic Development Quarterly, 27(2), with Thomas Klier. 

2013 "The Growing Importance of Mexico in North America's Auto Production," Chicago Fed Letter 310, pp. 1-4, with Thomas Klier.

2012 "Detroit Back from the Brink? Auto Industry Crisis and Restructuring 2008-11," Economic Perspectives, 2Q/2012, pp. 35-54, with Thomas Klier.

2011 "Configuration of the North American and European Auto Industries - A Comparison of Trends, European Review of Industrial Economics and Policy, vol. 3, on-line since 12/19/11 at http://revel.unice.fr/eriep/index.html?id-3369, with Thomas Klier.

2011 "What Role Did Regional Policy Play in Addressing the U.S. Auto Industry Crisis?" International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management 11 (2), pp. 189-204, with Thomas Klier. 

2011 "The Evolving Geogrpahy of the U.S. Motor Vehicle Industry." In Handbook of Economic Geogrpahy and Industry Studies by Frank Giarratani, Geoff Hewings, and Philip McCann, eds. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

2011 "Making Cars Smarter: The Growing Role of Electronics in Automobiles," Chicago Fed Letter 291a, pp. 1-4, with Thomas Klier.