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(213) 740-0050
FAX: (213) 740-0056

Chair: John P. Wilson, Ph.D.*


Professors: Michael J. Dear, Ph.D.*; Genevieve Giuliano, Ph.D. (Policy, Planning, and Development); Manuel Pastor, Jr., Ph.D.; Laura Pulido, Ph.D. (American Studies and Ethnicity); John P. Wilson, Ph.D.*; Jennifer R. Wolch, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Carolyn Cartier, Ph.D.; Andrew Curtis, Ph.D.; Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Ph.D. (American Studies and Ethnicity)

Assistant Professors: Myles J. Cockburn, Ph.D. (Preventive Medicine); Roderick C. McKenzie, Ph.D.*

Research Associate Professors: Hilary M. Bradbury, Ph.D.; Travis Longcore, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professors: Joshua Newell, Ph.D.; Blaine Pope, Ph.D.; Jennifer N. Swift, Ph.D. (Civil and Environmental Engineering); Robert Vos, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor: Curtis C. Roseman, Ph.D.

Lecturers: Stephen Koletty, Ph.D.; Karen Kemp, Ph.D.; Jacqueline Mills, Ph.D.

*Recipient of university-wide or college teaching award.

The Department of Geography offers several programs and courses concerned with humans as inhabitants, observers and transformers of earth. Our goal is to equip students with the necessary knowledge base and skills so they can go forward and help tackle the complex global, transnational, regional and local challenges that threaten the sustainability of the planet.

The programs and courses bridge the social and physical sciences and make extensive use of powerful geospatial technologies (GIS, GPS and remote sensing, among others). Many of our undergraduate courses meet general education requirements and others satisfy the requirements for the geography major, geography minor and geographic information science and technology minor.

The graduate courses are organized around two central themes — the key processes that explain the changing character of cities given global change, immigration and urbanization patterns and conflicts, urban landscape and ecosystem dynamics, and environmental health risks (urban environments) and the deployment of geospatial technologies and tools to improve our understanding of the built and natural environments (geographic information science).