Kris Bezdecny

College of Natural and Social Sciences
Geosciences and Environment
Office Location: KH 4054
Email: kbezdec@calstatela.edu

INTRODUCTION

I joined Cal State LA in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Geography.  Previously I was an assistant professor at Wright State University in Dayton, an instructor at University of South Florida Tampa and Sarasota-Manatee campuses, and a teaching assistant (instructor of record) for classes at the University of South Florida Tampa and St. Petersburg campuses.

In addition, I worked in the Training Services division of Esri, Inc. for 5 1/2 years, developing training materials on enterprise systems using ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Online, mobile GIS project creation, developing custom mobile GIS applications, as well as acting as coordinating all training curricula for the 10.1 and 10.2 software release cycles.  I also worked as a research assistant and visiting research faculty at the Center for Urban Transportation Research for five years.

 


TEACHING 

Class Term(s) Taught
Theory and capstone courses:
GEOG 5950: Geographic Thought Spring semester
GEOG 4950: Geographic Methodology and Senior Thesis Spring semester
Urban geography courses:
GEOG 5400: Seminar: Human Geography (Urban Globalization) Fall 2017
Transportation geography courses:
GEOG 4570: Transportation Geography Spring semester
GEOG 4580: Urban Transportation Fall semester
GIS courses:
GEOG 3690: Fundamentals of GIS Summer semester
GEOG 4630: GIS Applications in Urban Planning Fall semester**
GEOG 4640: GIS Applications in Political Science Spring 2016
Introductory courses:
GEOG 1550: Cultural Geography Summer and Fall semesters

THESIS STUDENTS

  • Ovidio Alvarez
  • Jason Scott
  • Nancy Verma
  • Vlad Gallegos
  • Vicky Smith
  • Hugo Aguilar

 


RESEARCH

My research agenda focuses on uneven geographical development in the urban space.  More specifically, I focus on the relationships that lead to our (re)producing spaces of unevenness, particularly economic and sociopolitical inequities, through our interactions with each other and with existing (and emerging) institutions within cities.  This research comprises three interrelated strands:

  1. Urban eco-austerity and the uneven geographical development of socionature, with an emphasis on how perceptions of urban nature, and perceptions of the right of cities to natural resources (such as water), impacts their uneven developments.
  2. The intersections of urban theming and urban globalization with uneven geographical development, in which the uneven spaces necessary to ease friction of global economic processes are often not visible, but instead exist “beneath” the image of a city.  
  3. Urban global governance and uneven geographical development, in which changing policy relationships between nation-states and city-regions, coupled with extralegal bureaucratic decisions gaining force of law in city-regions, is quietly shifting the sociopolitical spaces in which uneven geographical development is (re) produced.  

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Title Year
Handbook of Emerging 21st Century Cities.  Co-edited with Kevin Archer.  Edward Elgar Publishing. In progress (under contract)
Handbook of Cities and the Environment.  Co-edited with Kevin Archer.  Edward Elgar Publishing. 2016

Imagineering uneven geographical development in central FloridaGeographical Review 105.3: 325-343.

2015

Searching for a new brand: Reimagining a more diverse Orlando (co-authored with Kevin Archer).  Southeastern Geographer 49.2: 185-199.

2009

 


RECENT AND UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS

Title Dates

"The transformation of city-regional governance in global(izing) cities."  International Studies Association international conference, Hong Kong SAR

15-18 June 2017

"California’s water crisis: A case study in urban eco-austerity."  California Geographical Society annual conference, San Diego, CA

28-30 April 2017

“Uneven geographical development in globalizing cities.”  American Association of Geographers annual meeting, Boston, MA

5-9 April 2017

“Social justice and the fractalization of space in the city.”  Association of Pacific Coast Geographers annual conference, Portland, OR

5-8 October 2016

“Sociopolitical accountability and urban water quality: Flint, Michigan and beyond.”  International Conference of Health and Living in Cities, Hong Kong SAR

21-24 June 2016

“Blind people and the urban elephant: conceptualizing the early 21st century city.”  American Association of Geographers annual meeting, San Francisco, CA

29 March - 2 April 2016

“City-regions unbound?”  International Studies Association annual meeting, Atlanta, GA

16-19 March 2016

 


 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Ph.D. Geography and Environmental Science & Policy

  • University of South Florida
    Tampa, FL

M.A. Geography

  • University of South Florida
    Tampa, FL

B.A. History

  • Metropolitan State College of Denver
    Denver, CO

B.S. Mathematics

  • Metropolitan State College of Denver
    Denver, CO