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Mary Caravelis

Mary Caravelis, PhD

Associate Professor of Geography and Political Science

Phone: 305-899-4570
Fax: 305-899-3385
Office: O'Laughlin Hall, 247

Mary Caravelis, Assistant Professor of Geography and Political Science, was born in Greece and has been a resident of South Florida since 1981.

She earned her bachelor's degree and two master's degrees, one in Geography and the other in Political Science, from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and a doctoral degree in Geography from the University of South Africa. Her research and teaching interests are centered on the ethnic and cultural geography of North America and South Africa, especially the spatial dynamics of international migration settlement patterns and ethno-cultural community formation.

Courses Currently Taught

World Environments, People and Places, Geography of Disasters, Geography of Europe, Geography of Latin America, United States Geography, Introduction to Geography, Introduction to Mapping and GIS.


2009/2010Professional Development Grant, Exxon Corporation for the purpose of acquiring Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Florida Atlantic University
2008Professional research Grant, Barry University “Mapping the Greek Communities of Florida”
2005Travel Grant, Exxon Corporation for travel to Montreal for the purpose of conducting interviews with key members of the Greek community of Montreal and the surrounding area.
2003Professional Research Mini Grant, Barry University “The spatial extend of the self identified Greeks in South Florida”
2001Economic, Polity and Religion in Turkey, Faculty Development Seminar organized by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), at METU University Ankara, Turkey.


1996 Aileen D. Maale Award for Excellence in Graduate Research from Florida Atlantic University. Award given for original research based on foreign field work.

Selected Publications

Ethnic Communities Without Propinquity: The Greeks of South Florida. Book forthcoming contracted with Edwin Mellen Press, 2011. “The Greek Community of Broward County, Florida: Its Origin, Growth and Evolution”.Florida Geographer vol. 40: 31-47, 2009. “From Mining Community to Seasonal Visitor Destination: The Transformation of Sotiras, Thasos, Greece”, with Russell L. Ivy in European Planning Studies 9 (2): 187-199, 2001.

Recent Presentations

2010Mapping the Ethnic Greek Communities in Florida, presented at the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Birmingham AL.
2009The Spatial Dynamics of Racial and Ethnic Residential Change in Urban America: The Tale of two Cities in Miami- Dade County in the State of Florida, presented at the Society of South African Geographers Eighth Biennial Meeting, Pretoria South Africa.
2007The Changing Greek Community of South Florida, presented at the University of South Africa International Symposium on Ethnic and Racial Spatial Changes, organized by the Department of Geography of the University of South Africa, Pretoria, S.A.
2006Black Beans and Rice with Feta Cheese: The Transculturation of Greek Ethnic Cuisine in South Florida, presented at the Florida Society of Geographers Annual Meeting, St. Petersburg, FL.
2005Spatial Expressions of Ethnic Identity: The Greek Festivals in Florida, presented at the Florida Society of Geographers Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.

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