This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Rex Rowley.
Rex J. Rowley, author of “Everyday Las Vegas, local life in a tourist town,” is a geographer, teacher, mapmaker, map nerd, writer, husband, and father. He grew up in both Southern Utah and Southern Nevada, and still considers Las Vegas his hometown. After spending two years as a young adult in the Kansai region of Japan, Rowley became a Midwestern transplant by marriage and employment.
He received a B.S. in Geography from Brigham Young University, and an M.A. and Ph.D., both in geography, from the University of Kansas. Rowley taught for nearly three years at Haskell Indian Nations University, in Lawrence, Kansas, and one year at Illinois State University, in Normal. After teaching for three years in Wisconsin, he returned to Central Illinois and is currently an assistant professor of geography at Illinois State University.