Michael Minn

Instructor, Developer, Musician, Photographer
Michael Minn



I am an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Eastern Washington University, teaching classes in GIS, energy and human geography. As a visiting teaching assistant professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Denver, I taught classes in sustainability, geospatial technology, and human geography.

My research interests include energy resources, open-source software and pedagogy in higher education. As a doctoral student in the Department of Geography at The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign I researched American intercity passenger rail in the context of potential future energy constraints. As a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at UIUC I investigated Detection of foreclosure-related landscape management changes using Landsat.



I created and support MMQGIS, a plugin tool set for the QGIS open source geographic information system. My thesis project at Hunter College was TRAMM, a web-based framework for visualizing "transportation poverty." using Open Layers.

Open Source

I am an advocate for the Linux computer operating system, which I have used on my home systems exclusively since 2000. I have a Linux+ / LPIC-1 certification and I have maintained a number of Linux installation and documentation pages over the years.


I am well-versed in C/C++, PHP, Python, R, HTML, CSS, and Javascript, and all of my personal web content is hand-coded and ad-free. I have been working with various flavors of UNIX since graduating from North Texas State with a Master's degree in Computer Science.



I've been performing music of some kind for most of my life and have been a singer / songwriter since the late 1980s, specializing in pop vocal harmony. This website includes MP3 collections of some of my work.


I wrote and produced Mossadegh, a rock opera based on the C.I.A.-orchestrated 1953 Iranian coup, for the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival and the show website had a surprising afterlife, receiving attention from the BBC, Radio Farda, and numerous Iranian blogs. I also wrote and produced the musical comedy The Irreplaceable Commodity for the 2003 New York International Fringe Festival


I maintain comprehensive online discographies for Louis Armstrong, Maynard Ferguson, Sarah Vaughan.


I have a music education degree from North Texas State (now UNT) and I've played a number of instruments at various times and at modest levels of proficiency. I marched for three seasons with the drum corps Blue Stars (1980), Louisiana Southernaires (1981) and Madison Scouts (1984).


From 1991-2006 I worked in theatre in New York City. Off-Broadway I appeared as a performer in the musicals Making Tracks and Shanghai Lil's. Regionally I appeared in productions of 42nd Street (Julian), The Pajama Game (Sid), The King & I (King). Television credits include All My Children, As The World Turns, The City, Law & Order and background work on an extensive number of other forgettable television shows and feature films. You may view my theatrical photo résumé HERE...

I toured four seasons with the award-winning children's theatre company Theatreworks/USA (Secret Garden, Swiss Family Robinson, Charlotte's Web, Romeo & Juliet) and worked as a stage manager with Artspower, The Kaleidoscope Theatre Company and the 78th Street Theatre Lab. At various times I have been a member of The Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association, AGMA, AFTRA and SAG.

I maintain a marginal connection with the theatre by maintaining the ballet history site Andros on Ballet as a legacy for the late instructor Dick Andros, as well as the website for the Obie-award-winning The National Asian-American Theatre Company.


I am an avid street photographer and student of the built environment.

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