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  • Contributor Biographies

James Allen is professor emeritus of geography at California State University, Northridge. He spent his early years in the Northeastern states and received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1970. Professor Allen taught world regional, cultural, population, U.S., and Los Angeles geography at CSU Northridge until his retirement in 2007. His research has centered on the settlement and migrations of ethnic and racial populations in the United States, and for some years he focused on southern California. He is a past president of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers. Jim and his geography colleague Eugene Turner are co-authors of numerous journal articles and three books, two of which are discussed in this volume’s essay.

John T. Bowen, Jr. is an associate professor at Central Washington University. His research interests include transportation (especially aviation), international trade, and Asia. Nancy B. Hultquist is an emerita professor (geography) at Central Washington University. As the owner of six horses, she is acquainted with the hay industry and hay growers of the Kittitas Valley.

Giorgio Hadi Curti received his Ph.D. from the San Diego State University-University of California, Santa Barbara joint doctoral program in geography in 2010. A social/cultural and media geographer working through poststructuralist sensibilities, his research intersects and develops connections between contemporary feminist, Marxian, and Spinozan-Deleuzian discussions on politics and embodiment, with nonrepresentational approaches to landscape and media, to better understand relationships between material productions of culture, space and symbolic economies, embodiment, memory, affect, and emotion, and the virtual/actual. He is currently working as an ethnographer and cultural geographer for HDR Inc., where he is putting to practical use his research and interests in emotional and affectual geographies and memory, identity, and the politics of place. He also serves as the review editor for Aether: The Journal of Media Geography and as an adjunct professor in the San Diego State University Department of Geography. Zia Salim is a doctoral candidate in the San Diego State University-University of California, Santa Barbara joint doctoral program in geography. [End Page 12] As an urban geographer, his research interests span the areas of public art, homelessness, urban redevelopment, gated communities, and transnationalism. He has an abiding love for Los Angeles and has engaged in a long-term project documenting murals in L.A. County, as well as research on intersections between homelessness and revitalization in downtown Los Angeles. His dissertation on gated housing compounds in Bahrain is supported by a Fulbright research grant. His publications have appeared in City, The California Geographer, and The Geographical Bulletin, and he has contributed to research published in Urban Geography. Vienne Vu received her BA and MA in geography from California State University, Fullerton. Her research has focused on the Vietnamese American experience in Orange County, California. She is now a part-time geography instructor in Orange and San Diego Counties.

Ron Davidson, an associate professor of geography at California State University, Northridge, continues to search for the meaning of life through his discipline. He thinks he's on the scent with his current research on public space in Japan, though it may just be teriyaki. Only his forthcoming work will tell.

James R. Keese is a professor of geography at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. He is the co-creator of Cal Poly’s Latin American Studies Program and Peru Study Abroad Program. Dr. Keese has spent three years in Latin America and has experience in fourteen countries in the region. He has published on NGOs and smallholder agriculture, NGOs and municipal government cooperation, tropical montane forests, and study abroad and volunteer tourism.

Karl Lillquist is a professor of geography and co-director of the Resource Management Graduate Program at Central Washington University. His teaching and research passions are focused primarily on mountains and deserts in the western Cordillera. He was introduced to mountain snowshoes and mountain snowshoeing by Cascade mountaineers and Ellensburg locals Bill and Gene Prater. Snowshoe hikes and climbs in the nearby Cascade Range with family, friends, colleagues, and students have inspired him to research the origins of mountain snowshoes. [End Page 13]

Ray Sumner was educated in Australia, and taught at the...