Stanley Toops

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photo of Stanley Toops110 Shideler Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-5558


Associate Professor
Geography; Global and Intercultural Studies (International Studies)


PhD, University of Washington
MA, University of Washington


Dr. Toops is a cultural geographer whose teaching and research interests are in the international aspects of globalization, development, culture, ethnicity, population, and tourism. He teaches Introduction to International Studies (ITS 201), Problems of Non-Western Societies (ITS 302), and International Tourism (ITS 402 Senior Capstone).


Stanley Toops' research in geography and international studies has focused on East and Central Asia, particularly the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in NW China.

His focus is the cultural geography of China and Central Asia. His study site is the Central Asian portion of China, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. He has made over 15 research trips to Xinjiang since 1985, when he studied Uyghur at Xinjiang University. Much of this research has focused on the interplay of culture and development in Xinjiang (East Turkestan). He has made numerous presentations on the region and its people.

His current research agenda compares the development and demography of Xinjiang with that of the Central Asian countries. His experience in interviews, fieldwork, and qualitative research methods, and language skills in Chinese and Uyghur has served him well in past research in Xinjiang. In his research Toops examines globalization, development, ethnicity, culture, tourism, population, trade, handicrafts, landscapes, politics, and ecological issues in Xinjiang.

Besides his work on the geography of China, Toops is the co-author of International Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Issues (2017, 4th ed.), Understanding Contemporary China, (2017, 5th ed.), and The Routledge Atlas of Central Eurasian Affairs (2012). He has written a number of articles that have appeared in journals such as Area, Development, and Policy; Inner Asia; Central Asian Survey; Central Asiatic Journal; Annals of Tourism Research; Journal of Cultural Geography; Focus; Journal of Economic and Social Intelligence; and in such books as the edited volumes Tourism in China (1995), Changing China (2003), Xinjiang: China's Muslim Borderland (2004), and Eurasian Corridors of Interconnections (2014).

Dr. Toops is Chair of the East Asian Studies Committee at Miami University.

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