Geography Faculty
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      Department of Geography
College of Liberal Arts
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
California State University
Long Beach, CA 90840-1101 USA

Faculty and Staff


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Hyowon Ban, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Ohio State, 2009
Interests: catrography, geovisualization, GIS, uncertain urban concepts, modelling of exurbanization
Bipasha Baruah, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., York University, 2005
Interim Director, Yadunandan India Studies Center
International Studies Program
Interests: gender and development, microcredit, housing, geography of South Asia
LA4 206A
(562) 985-8864
Norman Carter, Lecturer
M.A., CSU Fullerton; Ph.D. in progress, SDSU and UCSB
Interests: urban geography, transportation, cartography, GIS, human geography, US and Canada, geographic education
(562) 1944
James R. Curtis, Professor
Ph.D., UCLA, 1978
Interests: Cultural and urban geography, Latin America, US-Mexican borderlands, ethnic diversity in the US
LA4 206D
(562) 985-4978
Suzanne Dallman, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., UCLA, 2001
Interests: Watersheds, hydrology, physical geography, environmental geography, water resource policy
(562) 985-7529
Vincent Del Casino, Associate Professor -- Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Lexington, 2000
Interests: Social geography, cultural geography, Southeast Asia, geographic education, medical geography, tourism studies, social theory, geographic thought and history, and sexuality/cultural studies
LA4 106
(562) 985-2357
Tom D. Frazier, Lecturer
ABD, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Interests: Urban geography, political geography, North America, Europe, international development
LA4 103W
(562) 985-7411
Christine L. Jocoy, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2004
Interests: homelessness and mobility, economic geography, urban geography, globalization, regional restructuring, learning theory in corporate decision-making
(562) 985-9040
Paul Laris, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Clark University, 2002
Interests: cultural and political ecology, remote sensing, global environmental change, landscape ecology, Africa
LA4 101E
(562) 985-1862
Unna Lassiter, Lecturer
Ph.D., USC, 2000
Interests: Political, cultural, and historical geography, expatriate migration, urban geography, environmental issues, the Middle East, Europe
FO2 217
(562) 985-1944
Christopher Tom Lee, Professor
Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1990
Interests: Remote sensing, GIS, hazards, physical geography
Director, ODNI California State University Intelligence Community Academic Center of Excellence at CSULB
Director, NASA Regional Earth Science Applications Center (Southern California Wildfire Hazard Center)
LA4 205
(562) 985-2358
Michael McDaniel, Lecturer
J.D. and M.B.A., UCLA, 1985
M.A., CSULB, 2005
Interests: historical geography, GIS, economic geography, planning, U.S. and Canada
FO2 217
(562) 985-1944
Jacqueline W. Mills, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2005
Interests: GIS, ethics and geospatial information, applications of GIS in emergency management, planning, land use, labor issues, and women's health
Julie Ortiz, Administrative Support Coördinator
Interests: marketing, business administration
LA4 106
(562) 985-4977 or -8432
David A. Pepper, Lecturer
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2000
Interests: Physical geography, coastal geomorphology, climatology
LA4 103W
(562) 985-8432
Carol Philipp, Administrative Support Assistant
B.A., Roosevelt University
Interests: geography
LA4 106
(562) 985-4977 or -8432
Christine M. Rodrigue, Professor
Ph.D., Clark University, 1987
Interests: Hazards, quantitative analysis, environment, biogeography
Graduate Advisor
Department Webmaster
On sabbatical leave: Fall 2009
LA4 103W
(562) 985-4895 or -8432
Dmitrii Sidorov, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1998
Interests: urban geography, cultural geography, political geography, historical geography, the geography of religion, and Russia and the former USSR
LA4 206C
(562) 985-1988
Deborah Thien, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, 2005
Interests: feminist geography, geographies of emotion, health care, mental health in isolated communities, geography of the high latitudes
Undergraduate Advisor
LA4 206B
(562) 985-7072
Suzanne P. Wechsler, Associate Professor
Ph.D., State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 2000
Interests: GIS, spatial analysis, non-point source pollution, hydrology, physical geography
Director, departmental internship program
Director, UCES GIS Certificate program
LA4 206E
(562) 985-2356
Angela Wranic, Lecturer
M.S., CSU Fullerton, 1994; Ph.D. in progress, Texas State University, San Marcos
Interests: composite learning objects, geographic education, physical geography, environmental science, and world regional geography
FO2 201
(562) 985-4977



Doug Behrens, Retired Lecturer
M.A., CSULA, 1993
Interests: climatology, physical geography, California, East Asia, world regional geography
Current contact information:
Molly Debysingh, Professor Emerita
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1970
Interests: Cultural geography, political geography, international development, South and Southeast Asia, Latin America
Current contact information:
      28807 North 106th Place
      Scottsdale, AZ 85262
      1 (480) 794-1094
Frank Gossette, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., UCLA, 1980
Interests: GIS, computer cartography, geographic analysis, urban-economic geography, Europe, and East Asia
Edward Karabenick, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1962
Interests: Urban geography, North Africa, Middle East, Europe
Current contact information:
John Kimura, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Interests: climatology and meteorology, East Asia
Richard Outwater, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1974
Interests: Urban geography, Southern California, urban studies
Current contact information:
      28807 North 106th Place
      Scottsdale, AZ 85262
      1 (480) 794-1094
Joel Splansky, Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., UCLA, 1971
Interests: Cultural, environmental management, travel and tourism, Sub-Saharan Africa, California, methods of landscape analysis
Judith Tyner, Professor Emerita
Ph.D., UCLA, 1974
Interests: Cartography, historical cartography, cartographic design, map and air photo interpretation
Current contact information:
Jean D. Wheeler, Professor Emerita
Ph.D., UCLA, 1971
Interests: Pacific Ocean area, biogeography, U.S. and Canada, teaching methods, and organizing bicycle tours
Current contact information:


No Longer Here

Nurudeen Alao, Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1970
Interests: Urban geography, economic geography, transportation, quantitative modeling, North America, Africa
Current contact information:
Irisita Azary, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Boston University, 1996
Interests: physical/environment interactions, water resources, environmental policy
Resigned from CSULB
Thomas Blaschke, Fulbright Scholar in Residence
Interests: remote sensing, GIS, geostatistics, landscape ecology
Professor of Geography and Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg, Austria
Director of iSPACE research studio Austrian Research Centers
Current contact information:
Sarah A. Blue, Lecturer
Ph.D., UCLA, 2004
Interests: Latin America, economic geography, globalization
Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University
Current contact information:
      Department of Geography
      Northern Illinois University
      DeKalb, IL 60115
      1 (815) 753-0631
Christian Brannstrom, Lecturer
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1998
Interests: environmental geography, cultural and economic geography, Latin America, South Asia
Assistant Professor, TAMU
Current contact information:
      Department of Geography
      Texas A&M University
      College Station, Texas 77843-3147
      1 (979) 845-7141
      1 (979) 862-4487
Chris Carter, Lecturer
Ph.D., SDSU and UCSB, 2003
Interests: human geography, GIS, Latin America, US and Canada
Current contact information:
Associate Professor of Human Geography, Long Beach City College
Edward Collins, Lecturer
Ph.D. in progress, UCSB
Interests: remote sensing, GIS, human geography
Current contact information:
Matthew Ebiner, Lecturer
Interests: Latin America, cultural geography, world regional geography, physical geography
LA4 101
(562) 985-7411
Current contact information:
      Professor of Geography
      Earth Sciences Department, NATS 211
      El Camino College
      16007 Crenshaw Blvd.
      Torrance, CA 90506
      1 (310) 660-3369
Camille Holmgren, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2005
Interests: physical geography, palæoclimatology, palæoecology, biogeography, climatology
Assistant Professor, Buffalo State College, New York
Current contact information
      Geography and Planning Department
      Buffalo State College
      Buffalo, NY 14222
      1 (716) 878-6216
Kris Jones, Lecturer
M.A., CSU Fullerton, 1994
Interests: world regional geography, human geography
Current contact information:
Stephen Koletty, Lecturer
Ph.D., USC, 2000
Interests: Human and physical geography, Pacific Ocean area
Current contact information:
      Department of Geography
      University of Southern California
      3620 South Vermont Ave.
      Los Angeles, CA 90089-0255
      1 (213) 740-0050 or
Glenn Lajoie, Lecturer
M.P.A., CSULB, 1986
Interests: Planning
Current contact information:
      RBF Consulting
      Irvine Project
      14725 Alton Parkway
      Irvine, CA 92618-2027
      (949) 472-3505
Noel Ludwig, Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Hawai'i, 2006
Interests: Watershed science and management, international environmental issues, physical geography, geophysics
Current contact information:

Kathleen Moriarty, Lecturer
M.A., CSULB, 2006
Interests: Biogeography, physical geography, human geography
Current contact information:
Gary L. Peters, Professor
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1973
Interests: population geography, geography of California, geography of viticulture, the American landscape
Transferred to CSU Chico
Current contact information:
      Department of Geography and Planning
      California State University
      Chico, CA 95929-0425
David Porinchu, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., UCLA, 2002
Interests: Palæoclimatology, climatology, palynology, dendroclimatology, physical geography, eastern California, Canada, South Asia
Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University
Current contact information:
      Department of Geography
      The Ohio State University
      Columbus, OH 4320-1361
      1 (614) 292-2514
Jason Senn, Lecturer
M.A., CSU Chico, 1999
Interests: Cultural geography, environmental perception, travel and tourism, East Asia, Latin America
His position as Channel Manager with Urchin Software Corp. required relocation to San José
Current contact information:
Ray Sumner, Lecturer
Ph.D., University of Queensland, Brisbane, 1986
Interests: Cultural, urban, historical, travel and tourism, Australia, Europe
Current contact information:
Professor and Chair, Department of Human Geography, Long Beach City College
Ren Vasiliev, Visiting Professor
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1996
Interests: Cartography, cultural geography, North America
Returned to SUNY Geneseo
Chair, Department of Geography, State University of New York, Geneseo
Current contact information:
Benjamin Wisner, Professor
Ph.D., Clark University, 1978
Interests: Hazards, medical geography, international development and policy, Africa, Asia
Resigned from CSULB
Current contact information:
      Research Associate
Environmental Studies Program
      Adam Joseph Lewis Center
      Oberlin College
      122 Elm Street
      Oberlin, OH 44074
James Woods, Instructor
M.A., CSULB, 1992
Interests: cartography, GIS, fire hazards and management
Current contact information:

Terence Young, Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D., UCLA, 1991
Interests: urban geography, environmental geography, the geography of recreation, and North America
Assistant Professor, CSPU Pomona
Current contact information:
      Department of Geography and Anthropology
      California State Polytechnic University
      Pomona, CA 91768
      1 (909) 869-3569

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