Faculty and Staff

Tenured and Tenure Track Faculty

Dr. Hyowon Ban


Cartography, geovisualization, GIS, uncertainty, exurbanization, dance, music

Dr. Ban’s website




Dr. Lily House-Peters

Associate Professor

Water security, climate change, political ecology, sustainability and environmental justice, biodiversity conservation, Latin America, transdisciplinary science, automation/robotics, extraction & mining

Dr. House-Peters’ website

Dr. Gary Hytrek


Globalization, restructuring, and community development, globalization and democracy; social geography, urban policy, Latin America

Dr. Christine L. Jocoy


Urban geography, land use planning, city politics, urban environmental sustainability, housing and homelessness, Long Beach history

Dr. Jocoy’s website

Dr. Paul Laris


Cultural and political ecology, remote sensing, global environmental change, landscape ecology, Africa

Dr. Laris’ website

Dr. Linna Li


GIScience, urban GIS, spatial analysis, geographic data quality

Dr. Mystyn Mills

Assistant Professor

Research interests

Dr. Christine M. Rodrigue


Biogeography, ecology, and environmental change, hazards, sustainability, and resilience, quantitative analysis, Martian geomorphology

Dr. Rodrigue’s website


Dr. Dmitrii Sidorov

Associate Professor

Urban geography, cultural geography, political geography, historical geography, the geography of religion, and Russia and the former USSR

Dr. Sidorov’s website

Dr. Suzanne Perlitsh (Wechsler)

Professor, Department Chair

Geographic Information Science (GISci), spatial analysis, terrain analysis, watershed hydrology

Dr. Wechsler’s website

Lecturer Faculty

Eddie Bairam


Human, cultural, political, and historical geography, sports geographies, Europe, Middle East


Spencer Langdon


Breeding success in threatened bird species, biogeography, geography of climate change, paleoecology, urban Gardening

Dr. Unna Lassiter


Political geography, the Intelligence Community, sacred places, migration and privileged expatriation, nature-society relations, human security, Iran, Sri Lanka

Dr. David A. Pepper


Physical geography, coastal geomorphology, climatology, climate change

Scott Winslow

Lecturer and GIS Lab Manager

GIS applications in the natural sciences, low-altitude remote sensing, digital image processing, meteorology and climatology, physical geography

Dr. Angela Wranic


Geographic education, online education, physical geography, environmental science, world regional geography, US & Canada

Dr. Wranic’s website



Leanne Johnson

Administrative Assistant