Dr. Shawn Mitchell

Dr. Shawn Mitchell

Instructor of Geography
Department of Earth Sciences


Dr. Shawn Mitchell is an Instructor of Geography in the Earth Sciences Department at the University of South Alabama. She earned her B.A. in anthropology and Ph.D. in geography, both from LSU. Latin America is her regional specialty and she did her dissertation fieldwork in Honduras where she researched the diffusion of Protestantism. In recent years, she has focused on topics closer to home. Her interests range from historical topics like 19th century yellow fever quarantine laws to contemporary issues like the resettlement of Unaccompanied Alien Children from Central America. She is currently evaluating the use of GIS in dealing with Mobile, Alabama’s municipal stormwater issues. When she isn’t teaching, you can find Dr. Mitchell kayaking in Mobile Bay.


  • 1999. Las Carteleras y Cristos Negros: modalidades cristianas conflictivas en un paisaje latinoamericano. Proceedings of the Coloquio Internacional sobre Geografia de las Religiones.Universidad Católica de Santa Fe, Argentina.

  • 1993. Down in Your Mustard-Seed…Heart: Folklore of the Bengal Raiders."  Louisiana Folklore Miscellany 8:57-62.

  • 1993.  "The Lenca." State of the Peoples. Cultural Survival. Boston: Beacon Press.

Courses Taught

  • GEO101L - Atmospheric Processes Lab
  • GEO102L - Landscape Processes Lab
  • GEO 114 Introduction to Human Geography
  • GEO 115 World Regional Geography