Norman, Oklahoma
41 at time of award
Area of Focus
Published November 1, 1984

About Bret's Work

Bret Wallach is a cultural and regional geographer who explores the relationship between ideas and landscape.

In his study of the total landscape, both physical and cultural, Wallach integrates how resource development affects and is affected by the people who create the landscape.  He has worked extensively on forestry and range management, irrigation and agriculture, and oil-land development in the United States.  He has also focused on landscape aesthetics and how they have been affected by ideas of regional development.  His work in recent years has centered on the impact of modernization on the traditional agrarian landscapes of Asia and the Middle East.  He is the author of At Odds with Progress: Americans and Conservation (1991), Losing Asia: Modernization and the Culture of Development (1996) and Understanding the Cultural Landscape (2004).


Wallach is a professor of geography at the University of Oklahoma.  He taught previously at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, at Pennsylvania State University, and at the University of California, Riverside.

Wallach earned an A.B. (1964), an M.A. (1966), and a Ph.D. (1968) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Last updated January 1, 2005.

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