Professor Emeritus William Crowley obtained his doctorate from the University of Oregon and spent his academic career at Sonoma State University, north of San Francisco. He served a year as a Fulbright scholar in Mexico and has taught in Spanish in Ecuador, Panama, and Paraguay as well as Mexico. He has conducted research in several Latin American countries, authoring academic articles and book chapters on a number of topics. In addition to a sabbatical
year in France, he has traveled widely in Europe. Fluent in Spanish and with a modest competency in French, he has pursued wine revolution-related research in France, Italy, and Hungary in Europe, not to mention California, Chile, Argentina, and Mexico in the Americas.
Dr. Crowley’s academic interests have focused particularly on cultural and urban themes and on the wine revolution. He has served as president of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, on the Association of American Geographers governing council, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers. He also served on the Board of Governors of the Pacific Coast Council of Latin American Studies. For several years, he was the U.S. Regional Development Representative to the Pan American Institute for Geography and History.
Dr. Crowley chaired the Geography Department at Sonoma State various times for a total of 13 years.