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  • Contributor Biographies

Stuart C. Aitken professes geography at San Diego State University, when he is not chairing the department. On good days he gets to do both simultaneously, often with confusing results. His colleagues think that Stuart is mostly harmless and are quite happy to let him continue with his fantasies of grandeur. On better days he gets to write about mythical Celtic creatures and movies about obscure heroes in far-away places, while still deluding himself with scholarly pretensions. Every now and then, a particularly adventure-some publishing house picks up one of his book manuscripts and passes it off as something people might want to read (a really flashy cover often does the trick). His best manuscript remains unpublished and hidden under a pile of old newspapers used by his dog as a bed. Stuart thinks that this manuscript will change the discipline of geography in fundamental ways, but his dog gives a low, menacing growl every time he tries to retrieve it.

Maurizio Antoninetti, Sarah Champion, Zia Salim (San Diego State University); Brenda Kayzar (University of Minnesota); Daniel Arreola (Arizona State University); and Norman Carter (California State University, Long Beach) are colleagues, former students, admirers, and just plain friends of Larry Ford.

Ron Davidson takes his role as a Pacific Coast geographer literally. He has investigated conflicts over the management of public spaces along California's 1,100-mile coast, and seeks to expand this research to Asian locations. He hears that the beaches are at least as fun to explore over there.

Barbara E. Fredrich graduated from UCLA in 1975. She retired from San Diego State University in 2004. Professor Emerita Fredrich served the Department of Geography under the FERP (Faculty Early Retirement Program) until May 2009. She lives in suburban south San Diego, two miles from the International Border.

Aleksandra Ilicheva will someday receive a master's degree from California State University, Northridge. Meanwhile, she will continue writing about animals and dreaming of a day when she has her own geography magazine. [End Page 10]

William A. Koelsch is an emeritus professor at Clark University. He holds an M.A. in geography from Clark and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago. He taught in the Graduate School of Geography, the Department of History, and the Program in Ancient Civilization at Clark for 31 years, before retiring to southern California in 1998. Most of his research combines his twin interests: the history of geography and the history of higher education.

Natalie Lopez received her master’s degree in geography at Arizona State University and is currently a GIS technician at CB Richard Ellis in Phoenix, Arizona.

Chris Lukinbeal is an assistant professor of geography and the program director of the Master’s of Science in Geographic Information Systems Technology at the University of Arizona. He is one of three founding editors of Aether: The Journal of Media Geography ( and the lead editor of The Geography of Cinema—a Cinematic World (2008, Franz Steiner Verlag).

Alan Osborn is a lecturer in geography at San Diego State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1997. His research interests include the geography of health care and the geographic interpretation of literature and language. [End Page 11]



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