Oklahoma State University

 Jon Comer

Professor, Associate Head, and Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Department of Geography
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma  74078-4073

Office:  322 Murray Hall
Phone:  (405) 744-9176  or  (405) 744-6250
Fax:  (405) 744-5620
e-mail:  jon.comer@okstate.edu

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Geography The Ohio State University


 M.A. Geography The Ohio State University



Geography Indiana University



• Topical: Economic Geography
          (location analysis, transportation, professional sports/stadium issues)
• Methodological: Quantitative Methods
          (spatial analysis, spatial statistics)
• Regional: United States
          (economic and urban geography)


Associate Department Head, Department of Geography
Oklahoma State University, 2015 - Present.

Professor, Department of Geography
Oklahoma State University, 2008 - Present.

Associate Professor, Department of Geography
Oklahoma State University, 1999 - 2008.

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
Oklahoma State University, 1994 - 1999.



Comer, J.C. and T.A. Wikle. 2015. Community Access to General Aviation amidst Airport Closures, 1991-2011. Papers in Applied Geography, 1(2): 159-167. PR

Comer, J.C. and T.A. Wikle. 2015. Access to Locally-Oriented Television Broadcasting in a Digital Era. Applied Geography, 60: 280-287. PR

Comer, J.C., N.J. Rose, and L.S. Bombom. 2014. Poisson Regression Analysis of Highway Fatality Accident Data in Oklahoma. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, 5(4): 72-86. PR

Brown, S.R. and J.C. Comer. 2013. Food Deserts in the Southwest: A Case Study of Oklahoma City. The Southwestern Geographer, 16: 10-25. PR

Wikle, T.A. and J.C. Comer. 2012. Facebook’s Rise to the Top: Exploring Social Networking Registrations by Country. International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking, 4(2): 46-60. PR 

Comer, J.C., A.K. Graham, and S.R. Brown. 2011. Relating Transportation Quality Indicators to Economic Conditions in the South-Central U.S. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, 2(3): 1-19. PR 

Wikle, T.A. and J.C. Comer. 2010. Translator Network and the New Geography of Religious Radio.  Journal of Radio & Audio Media, 17(1): 48-62. PR 

Wikle, T.A. and J.C. Comer. 2009. Barriers to Establishing Low Power FM Radio in the U.S.  The Professional Geographer, 61(3): 366-381. PR 

Lightfoot, D.R., N. Mavlyanov, D. Begimkulov, and J.C. Comer. 2009. Reliability of Interview Data for Monitoring and Mapping Groundwater. International Association of Hydrological Scientists Red Book Series. PR 

Comer, J.C. and T.A. Wikle. 2008.  Worldwide Diffusion of the Cellular Telephone, 1995-2005.  The Professional Geographer, 60(2):252-269. PR 

Comer, J.C. and P.D. Skraastad-Jurney. 2008.  Assessing the Locational Equity of Community Parks through the Application of Geographic Information Systems.  Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 26(1):122-146. PR 

Comer, J.C. and G.A. Finchum. 2005.  All Roads Lead to Oklahoma City: Small Towns, Big Business, and Highway Bypasses.  The Southwestern Geographer, 9:42-64 (reprinted in 2006(10):52-74 to correct proof errors). PR 

Monroe, A.D. and J.C. Comer. 2002. Spatial and Socioeconomic Patterns of Freemason Membership in Oklahoma. Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science, 82:95-109. PR 

Newsome, T.H. and J.C. Comer. 2000. Changing Intra-Urban Location Patterns of Major League Sports Facilities. The Professional Geographer, 52(1):105-120. PR 

Comer, J.C. and R.W. Jackson. 1997. A Note on Adjusting National Input-Output Data for Regional Table Construction; Journal of Regional Science, 37(1): 145-153. PR 

Jackson, R.W., and J.C. Comer. 1993. An Alternative to Aggregated Base Tables in Input-Output Table Regionalization; Growth and Change, 24(2): 191-205. PR 

Jackson, R.W., Israilevich, P.R., and J.C. Comer. 1992. A Note on the Role of Survey data and Expert Opinion in Constructing Input-Output Tables; Papers In Regional Science, 71(1): 87-93. PR 

PR: Peer Reviewed



2011. Oklahoma Transportation Center, "Analysis of FARS Data on State Highways in Oklahoma," 9/11-11/12, $200,000.

2008.  Oklahoma Transportation Center, "Oklahoma's Transportation Infrastructure: Inventory and Impacts," 6/08-5/09, $133,692.

2003.  Oklahoma Transportation Center, "Analyzing Impacts of Highway Construction Activities in Oklahoma, Phase II:  Business Impacts," 1/03-9/03, $39,014.

2002.  Oklahoma Transportation Center, "Analyzing Impacts of Highway Construction Activities in Oklahoma, Phase I:  Socioeconomic Impacts," 5/02-9/02, $39,461.

1998. Oklahoma Department of Transportation, "GIS for Evaluating Socioeconomic Data of Small Communities in Oklahoma", 1/99 -12/00, $96,469.

1997. Arts and Sciences Grant for Instructional Improvement, "Bringing Place into the Classroom: Development of a World Regional Geography Global Image Library and Student Self-Study Resource for the World Wide Web," $9,900.



Board Member, Applied Geography Conferences (2013-present)
Member, Association of American Geographers (AAG)
Member, Regional Science Association International (RSAI)
Board Member, AAG Specialty Group, Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SAM), 2001-2004



Regents Distinguished Teaching Award
Oklahoma State University (2008)

Outstanding Graduate Coordinator, GPSGA
Oklahoma State University (2013)

Academic Advising Award, Faculty, College of Arts & Sciences
   Oklahoma State University (2008, 1998)

Outstanding Teacher
Department of Geography, Oklahoma State University (2015, 2013, 2012, 2006, 2005, 1999, 1998)



Assessment and Academic Improvement Council, 2004-present
General Education Advisory Council, 2000-2015
Committee for the Assessment of General Education, 2005- present (Chair 2008- present)
Academic Integrity Panel, 2006-2010
University Reaccreditation Self-Study Steering Committee, 2002-2005
University Strategic Planning Steering Committee, 2003-2004
University Faculty Council, 2000-2003 (Chair of Budget Committee, 2001-2002)