The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

George Demko

Professor of Geography, Emeritus

Tenure 
July, 1989 to June, 1994

George J. Demko received his Ph.d from Pennsylvania State in 1964 and is a professor of Geography at Dartmouth College. He served one term as Director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center from 1989 to 1994. He has also previously served as the Director of the Geographer of the US Department of State, Program Director of Geography and Regional Science at the National Science Foundation, and Executive Director of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. In addition, Professor Demko is a devotee of the mystery genre. He writes and teaches the geography of mystery fiction and writes a number of columns about mysteries. He is especially interested in the settings of mysteries - the geography or the locus operandi - of crime fiction, and also specializes in international mysteries or the genre in foreign countries. He has written many columns on the evolution and adaptation of international mysteries in foreign cultures, as well as numerous articles and columns for The Armchair Detective, The Mystery Review, Mysteries Online, Mystery Books Quarterly and January Magazine, and writes for Mystery Scene Magazine.  Professor Demko is currently writing a book entitled Landscapes of Murder: The Locus Operandi of Crime Fiction.

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