Malcolm Comeaux

Professor Emeritus


Malcolm Comeaux is Emeritus Professor of Geography at Arizona State University. He is also the founder and a long-time leader of the Arizona Geographic Alliance, a K-12 education outreach initiative for teachers and students supported in part by grants from National Geographic. Comeaux's many specialties include the geography of Arizona and the American Southwest, cultural diffusion and change, historical geography, the geography of Europe, the history of geographic thought, the French of Louisiana, and geographic education. A gifted field instructor and storyteller, Malcolm is the author of "Arizona: A Geography" and "Atchafalaya Swamp Life: Settlement and Folk Occupations."



  • Ph.D. Geography, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge 1969
  • M.A. Geography, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale 1966
  • B.A. University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) 1963

Research Interests

Culture diffusion and culture change, historical geography, geography of Europe, history of geographic thought, geography of Arizona and the Southwest, the French of Louisiana, geographic education

Research Activity


Distinguished Mentor Award, 2006. Awarded by the National Council for Geographic Education.

Malcolm Comeaux Lecture Series established through an ASU School of Geographical Sciences endowment.

Association of American Geographers, Distinguished Teaching Honors, 2002.

Arizona Geographic Alliance, 2001-02, State of Arizona. $100,000 (with Ron Dorn).

Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award for Faculty, 2001.

Wilbur Murra Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Social Studies. Awarded by the Arizona Council for the Social Studies, 1999.

Presidential Citation for Distinguished Service, 1998. Awarded by Gamma Theta Upsilon, Geographical Honor Society.

Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award, 1997. Awarded by the National Council for Geographic Education.


Co-coordinator Emeritus, Arizona Geographic Alliance (2001 - present)

Co-founder and Co-coordinator, Arizona Geographic Alliance (1992 - 2001)

Organizer and Coordinator, Friends for Geography (1991 - 2003)

Faculty Advisor, Gamma Theta Upsilon, International Geographical Honor Society (1970 - 2001, 2004 - 2007)