Cyrus B. "Sonny" Dawsey
Professor Emeritus

Office: Suite 2046 
Haley Center 
Tel: (334) 844-4074

Physical and Cultural geography of Latin America; GIS and computer cartography; and migration in Brazil.

Dr. Dawsey has taught over a dozen different courses at Auburn.  His present responsibilities include:  Global Geography, Geographic Methods and Techniques, Cartography, and a special topics course on advanced techniques in GIS.

Dr. Dawsey is the author of over 80 scholarly publications including a book on the settlement of Americans in Brazil immediately after the Civil War.  His research interests include: physical and cultural geography of Latin America; GIS and computer cartography; and migration in Brazil.  In recent years Dr. Dawsey has received a special grant from Intergraph Corporation providing campus-wide free licensing for use of the Geomedia and Geomedia Professional GIS software.


Dawsey, C.B., and Dawsey, J.M., 1995, The Confederados: Old South Immigrants in Brazil, University of Alabama Press. This book describes the post-Civil War migration of former Confederates, the survival of the group's culture, and the influence on Brazilian society.  Translated by the authors into Portuguese: Americans: Imigrantes do Velho Sul no Brazil (2005: Editora Unimep).


Dawsey, C.B., 2005, Geography in Eakin, M.C., Almeida, P.R., and Barbosa, R.A. (Eds), Envisioning Brazil: A Guide to Brazilian Studies in the United States, 1945-2003. University of Wisconsin Press, p. 309-344.

Dawsey, C.B., 2005, How high am I? Computing elevations from DEMs using Geomedia Professional and Geomedia Grid: Geospatial World Conference Proceedings, Huntsville.

Dawsey, C.B, 2002, Estudos geográficos do Brasil nos Estados Unidos e no Canadá: tendências e perspectivas, 1945-2000, in Almeida, P.R., Eakins, M.C., and Barbosa, R.A., (Eds.) O Brasil dos brasilianistas: um guia dos estudos sobre o Brasil nos Estados Unidos. Sao Paulo; editora Paz e Terra, p. 334 -382.

Dawsey, C.B, 2003, Tendencias recientes en estudios de Brasil por geografos norteamericanos: Tiempos de America (Spain), vol.10, p. 27-42.

Dawsey, C.B., and Dawsey, J.M., 2002, Confederados e Metodistas no Brasil, in Amos Nascimento (Ed.), Brasil: Perspetivas Internacionais, UNIMEP University Press, p. 135-172.

Dawsey, C.B, 1993, An American colony in Brazil; Revisited: Geografia, vol. 18, no. 1.

Dawsey, C.B., 1992, Migration in Brazil: Research during the 1980's, in Martinson, T.L. (Ed.), Benchmark 1990. Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers, vol 17/18, p.109-116.

Dawsey, C.B. and Bailey, W.H., 1992, Roundball geography: A successful grass roots geographic education program: Journal of Geography, vol 91, no. 6.

Dawsey, C.B., 1990, Algorithms for uniform range interval classification: Cartographica, vol 27, no. 1, p. 46-53.

Dawsey, C.B., 1989, Local change at the urban-rural fringe in southeast Brazil: Journal of Cultural Geography, vol. 9, no.2, p. 91-102.

Last updated: 10/01/2013