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Facilities and Programs


Department of Geography
150 Sierra Hall
CSU Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8249

Hours: M-F (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m)
Phone: (818) 677-3532
Fax: (818) 677-2723



Dr. Ron Davidson Ph.D.


Ron Davidson

Contact Information

  • Dr. Ron Davidson
  • Office Location: Sierra Hall, Room 130-L
  • Email: rdavids@csun.edu
  • Office Phone: (818) 677-3513


  • Ph.D. Geography, 2003, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Dissertation Title: Coast Stories: Narratives and Identity in an Overlooked Los Angeles Public Space

Courses Taught

  • Geography 150 (World Regional Geography)
  • Geography 330 (California Geography)
  • Geography 351 (Urban Geography)
  • Geography 417 (California Geography and History) “normal” and PACE versions
  • Geography 490 (Senior Project)
  • Geography 650D (Metropolitan Los Angeles)
  • Geography 650C (Urban Social Geography)
  • Geography 696 (Directed Graduate Research)
  • Liberal Studies 300 Gateway

Selected Publications and Presentations

Selected publications

(2011) "Parks, Malls and The Art of War," Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Yearbook 73: 27-51.

(2009) "The Search for Authentic Practice Across the Disciplinary Divide," with Lynette Henderson, Greg Knotts, John Swain. College Teaching 57(4): 188-196.

(2008) “Recalcitrant Space: Modeling Variation in Humanistic Geography,” Journal of Cultural Geography 25 (2008): 161-180.

(2007) “The Beach versus ‘Blade Runner’: Recasting Los Angeles’ Relationship to Modernity,” Historical Geography 35:113- 136.

(2006) The Los Angeles Coast as a Public Place” (with J. Nicholas Entrikin), The Geographical Review 95 (2005): 578-93.


(2010) Spaces and Flows: “The Inner Fringe of the Outer City” (with Ed Jackiewicz and Jim Craine)

(2010) Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers: “’See Your West’: Standard Oil Markets Manifest Destiny” (with Jim Craine)

(2010) CSUN Faculty Retreat: “The Final Frontier: Exploring the Meaning of Pedagogical Space in Higher Education” (with Lynette Henderson, Greg Knotts, and John Swain)

(2009) Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers: “Exhuming Exopolis: Parks and the Possibility of Urban Life in the San Fernando Valley”

(2007) “What is Los Angeles? Narrative and Place in Southern California” University of Missouri-St. Louis Center for the Humanities’ “What is a city?” conference

(2007) CSUN Faculty Retreat, 2007: “What the Best College Teachers Do: First-year CSUN Faculty and the Search for Authenticity” 

(2006)  Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Conference, 2006: “Recalcitrant Space”

(2006)  Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, 2006: “Place, Stories, and English-Language Learners” (with Mary Miller) 

Research and Interests

Forthcoming ...