Dr. Frances C. Mujica
- Health Geography
- Disease Inequality
- Cultural/Political Ecology of Tourism
- Latin America
Dr. Frances C. Mujica is a Health Geographer and an Assistant Professor of Geography in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of South Alabama. She received her B.A. from the University of Memphis, M.A. and Ph.D from Louisiana State University. Dr. Mujica’s research interests lie in the investigation of risk environments as related to health. In particular: the documentation of vector-borne diseases landscapes in the Southeast and in health disparities in marginalized communities, with a particular emphasis on applied medical geography of risk causation. Secondarily, she is interested in post-disaster community recovery as it also relates to health disparities.
As a Ph.D. student, she explored the social inequalities and risks of Chagas disease in six communities in Los Tuxtlas, Veracruz, Mexico. This project explored the domestic cycle of Chagas disease and the cultural factors that perpetuate its transmission in these communities. The cross-discipline exposure and the techniques training she acquired while working on this research has undoubtedly influenced her current research agenda as well as provided her with expertise that she employs in the classroom.
Beyond her current research agenda several other projects helped develop her affinity for fieldwork and qualitative collection techniques that she draws on regularly in her classes. These projects include research in, economic geography, tourism development and sustainability on the Olympic Peninsula, WA, hazards geography, and urban gentrification and landscape changes in Latin American and Mobile, AL.
Dr. Mujica enjoys working with undergraduate students in the field or in the lab. If you are interested in working on any of these projects, please send her an email or stop by her office.
- ES 301 Writing for the Sciences
- GEO 365 Urban Geography
- GEO 370 The Geography of International Tourism
- GEO 312 World Economic Geography
- GEO 417 Health and Place (Medical/Health Geography)
- GEO 114 Introduction to Human Geography
- GEO 115 World Regional Geography