Christine L. Jocoy

Christine L. Jocoy

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Professor of Geography
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
562 985-1383 | Fax: 562 985-8993| Office: PH1-226

Research and Teaching Interests

Christine L. Jocoy is a broadly trained human geographer with interests in urban planning, policy, and politics related to housing and homelessness, transportation, and sustainability. Her regional focus is the US and Southern California. Dr. Jocoy is also the Director of the Applied Internship Program for Geography and Environmental Science and Policy majors (GEOG 492/ES&P 495).


For information on earning course credit for internships, visit the Internship page
To access Dr. Jocoy’s presentation given at the CLA Faculty Teaching Workshop: Preparing students for internships and careers on August 18, 2017, select Top five things I learned converting a resident to online course.

Research Projects

Dr. Jocoy conducts research on the politics of urban planning and development in the City of Long Beach and the Southern California region. She is currently completing research on the intersection of federal homeless assistance law and local land use planning specifically examining the case of the Century Villages at Cabrillo affordable housing complex built on former Navy base land on the westside of Long Beach. She has worked on the City of Long Beach’s biennial homeless count and her research on social and transportation policy related to homelessness in Long Beach has been funded by the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation and the METRANS Transportation Center. Her most recent publication appears in Urban Geography on the land use conflicts surrounding the development of Playa Vista, CA, and the restoration of the Ballona Wetlands. She also studies the history and geography of neighborhoods, completing in 2017 a historic preservation project funded by the Long Beach Navy Memorial Heritage Association in collaboration with the Rose Park Neighborhood Association. View cartographic visualizations of Long Beach in the 1920s at the East 7th Street History Project’s Neighborhood Atlas.


  • BA, Vassar College, 1993
  • MA, Pennsylvania State University, 1998
  • PhD, Pennsylvania State University, 2004

AAG 2015 Poster

Experiencing Urban Sustainability in Five Fieldtrips AAG 2015 Abstract & Bib Final

Selected Publications (complete CV in PDF)

  • Christine L. Jocoy. 2018. Green Growth Machines? Competing discourses of urban development in Playa Vista, California. Urban Geography 39(3): 388-412. (published online 2017 DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2017.1333238)
  • Christine L. Jocoy. 2013. Counting the homeless: the culture of quantification in American social policy. Cultural Geographies 20(3): 397-403.
  • Pepper, Dave A. and Christine L. Jocoy. 2013. A Climatological Analysis of Emergency Homeless Shelter Openings in Long Beach, California, USA. Applied Geography 37: 168-175.
  • Christine L. Jocoy and V.J. Del Casino Jr. 2010. Homelessness, travel behavior, and the politics of transportation mobilities in Long Beach, California. Environment and Planning A. 42: 1943-1963.
  • Monk, Janice and Christine L. Jocoy. 2009. Career Planning: Personal Goals and Professional Contexts. In M. Solem, K. Foote, and J. Monk (Eds.), Aspiring Academics. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Educational, Inc., 16-31.
  • Del Casino, Vincent J., Jr., Christine L. Jocoy. 2008. Intervention: Neoliberal Subjectivities, the “New” Homelessness, and Struggles over Spaces of/in the City. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography. 40(2): 192-199.
  • Jocoy, Christine L., Vincent J. Del Casino Jr. 2008. The Mobility of Homeless People and their Use of Public Transit in Long Beach, CA. Final report to METRANS Transportation Center (available from
  • Scheyvens, Regina, Amy L. Griffin, Christine L. Jocoy, Yan Liu, Michael Bradford. 2008. Experimenting with Active Learning in Geography: Dispelling the Myths that Perpetuate Resistance. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 32(1): 51-69.
  • Dow, Kirstin, Robert E. O’Connor, Brent Yarnal, Gregory J. Carbone, Christine L. Jocoy. 2007. Why worry? Community water system managers’ perceptions of climate vulnerability, Global Environmental Change. 17: 228-237.
  • Jocoy, Christine L., David DiBiase. 2006. Plagiarism by Adult Learners Online: A case study in detection and remediation. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. 7(1). Accessible from
  • Jocoy, Christine L. 2006. Surviving the first time through: A new instructor’s views on designing and teaching economic geography and how mentoring early-career faculty can help. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 30(3): 419-425.
  • Jocoy, Christine L. 2003. Vying for Hearts and Minds: Emotional Labour as Management Control. Labour and Industry: A Journal of the Social and Economic Relations of Work. 13(3): 51-72.
  • Jocoy, Christine L. 2000. Who Gets Clean Water? Aid Allocation to Small Water Systems in Pennsylvania. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 36(4): 811-821.


  • GEOG 100 World Regional Geography (Example Syllabus Spring 2014)
  • GEOG 360 Human Geography
  • GEOG 464 Urban Geography: Sustainable Cities
  • GEOG 467 / 567 Metropolitan Problems and Solutions
  • GEOG 492 / ESP 495 Applied Internship
  • GEOG 666 Seminar in Urban Geography