Robert Kent

Dr. Robert Kent
Professor and Chair of Department of Urban Studies and Planning. James H. Ring Professor of Urban Studies and Planning
(818) 677-4372
Office location:
Sierra Hall, Room 220


Office Phone: (818) 677-4372 – direct; (818) 677-2904 – dept. office


  • Ph.D. Syracuse University (Geography) 1983
  • M.A. University of California, Davis (Geography) 1976
  • B.A. University of California, Davis (Geography) 1973

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Urban and regional planning, development planning, cartography/GIS, Los Angeles urban issues, Latin America (esp., Peru, Bolivia, Argentina) , human geography.

Professional Experience

Chair and the James H. Ring Professor of Urban Studies and Planning (2008 - present). California State University, Northridge

Chair, Department of Geography and Planning (2000-2008).  University of Akron

Fulbright Senior Scholar (2002).  Universidad Nacional Pedagogica de Honduras, Francisco Morazan (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)

Visiting Scholar (1998-1999).  Universitat Jaume I, Castellon de la Plana, Spain

Visiting Professor (Spring 1995 and Spring 1996).  Universidad de Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain,

Professor (1995-2008).  University of Akron

Fulbright Scholar (August – December 1993).  Universidad Nacional de San Juan,   Argentina, Profesor Titular Ordinario Transitorio, Centro de Fotogrametria, Cartografia, y Catastro, Facultad de Ingenieria    

Associate Professor (1988-1995).  University of Akron

Assistant Professor (1983-1988).  University of Akron

Resident Advisor on Regional Planning and Development (June 1984-August 1985).  United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in Cajamarca, Peru.  Under Contract for the University of Akron.

Resident Advisor on Municipal Development and Planning (March 1981-July 1982).  United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Huancayo.  Under contract for Syracuse University.

Lecturer (1978). University of California, Davis.

Instructor (1977). American River Junior College, Sacramento, CA.

Lecturer (1976-1978). California State College, Stanislaus.

Selected Publications

Books and Edited Volumes

2006 Latin America: Regions and People.  New York: Guilford Press. 408 pp.

2005  Cities and Urban Geography in Latin America. Colleció Amèrica 5. Castellon, Spain: Universitat Jaume I Press. Co-editor with V. Ortells and J. Soriano. 200 pp.

Bridging Cultural Geographies: Europe and Latin America. Colleció Amèrica 3.  Castellon, Spain:  Universitat Jaume I Press. Co-editor with V. Ortells and J. Soriano. 178 pp.

1998 Regional Development and Planning for the 21st Century. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing. Co-Editor with A.G. Noble, F.J. Costa, A.K. Dutt.

1992 Region in Transition: An Economic and Social Atlas of Northeast Ohio. Akron, OH:University of Akron Press. 192 pp. Editor.  Associate Editors, D.P.King, C.B.Monroe, and T.Nash.

Book Chapters

2012 "Regional Patterns of Spanish-Language Newspaper Publication in the United States 1848-1992" pp., 167-182 in Ashok Dutt et al. eds.,  Facets of Social Geography: International and Indian Perspectives. New Delhi: Foundation Books.  (with Maura Huntz). 

2009 "Americas" pp. 99-107 in International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Vol. 1, edited by R. Kitchin and N. Thrift. Oxford:Elsevier. (with Kevin A. Butler).

2008    “Akron: The Rubber City grows up” pp. 148-161, The Geography of Ohio edited by Art Keiffer. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press. (with Kevin Butler). 

2004    “The cultural landscape of a Puerto Rican neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio” pp. 187-205 in Hispanic Spaces, Latino Places: Community and Cultural Diversity in Contemporary America.   Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. edited by Daniel D. Arreola. (with Albert Benedict).

2003    “The Chinese diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean” pp. 117-138, The Chinese Diaspora: Space, Place, Mobility, and Identity.  Lanham:MD: Rowman and Littlefield. edited by Laurence J. C. Ma and Carolyn L. Cartier.  

1998    “Currents of change: Urban planning and regional development,” pp. 1-18 in Regional Development and Planning for the 21st Century. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate. edited by A.G. Noble, F.J. Costa, A.K. Dutt, and R.B. Kent. (with Noble, Costa and Dutt).

“Decentralization, popular participation, and changing patterns of urban and regional development in Bolivia,” pp. 351-363 in Regional Development and Planning for the 21st Century. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate. edited by A.G. Noble, F.J. Costa, A.K. Dutt, and R.B. Kent. (with Edgar Guardia and Olav K. Sibille).

1994   “Peru,” pp. 446-467 in Latin American Urbanization: Historical Profiles of Major Cities, edited by Gerald M. Greenfield. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press.

1992    “Regional planning, economic development, and the mapping of Northeast Ohio,” pp. 3-11 in Region in Transition: An Economic and Social Atlas of Northeast Ohio. edited by R.B. Kent. Akron, OH: University of Akron Press.            


2009 "Residential toponyms and urban change (1890-2000) in a seaside resort town, Benicassim, Spain" Names 57(2): 92-119. (with Vicent Ortells Chabrera).

2008    “A Midwestern Chinatown? Cleveland, Ohio in North America context “1900-2005” Journal of Cultural Geography 25(3):305-329. (with Emily Aronson).

2006    “Integrating beyond the campus: Ohio’s urban public universities and neighborhood revitalization,” Planning Practice and Research 21(1):45-78. (with Ray Bromley).

2000    “GIS and mapping: Pitfalls for planners,” Journal of the American Planning Association 66 (2):189-198.  (with Richard E. Klosterman).

1999    “The Puerto Rican residential landscape of Lorain, Ohio.” Yearbook, Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers 25:45-60. (with Augusto F. Gandia).

“Map use in comprehensive city plans.” Applied Geographical Studies  3(1):45-62 (with Abigail Byer Smith).

“Circular and rectangular folk silos in the Andes of Southern Bolivia.” Espacio y Desarrollo. 10:141-150

“El uso de mapas en los periodicos Argentinos de circulación nacional.” Revista Geografica 124:199-210 (with Graciela M. Benedetti)

“Spanish-language newspapers in the United States”  Geographical Review  86(3):446-456 (with Maura Huntz)

"Homenje a la patria: Latin American national atlases" Latin American Research Review 30(1):256-265.

1994    "Rural public works construction in the Andes of northern Peru: The role of
community participation" Third World Planning Review 16(4):358-374. (with Jesus Carranza Rimarachin).

"Spatial and temporal variations of sound in an Andean city: Cajamarca, Peru" GeoJournal 33(4):453-458.

“Centros de mercadeo y jerarquia urbana en el Valle Alto y Distrito Sur, Departamento de Cochabamba, Bolivia” Revista Geografica 120:134-157.
(with Benedetti, Guardia, and Valdivia).

"Geographical dimensions of the Shining Path insurgency in Peru"  Geographical Review 83(4):441-454.

"Geografía de las finanzas municipales en el departamento de Junin (Peru) entre 1977 y 1979" Boletín de Lima 87:33-46. (with Aldo Sandoval Ricci).

"Map use in regional newspapers in the Midwestern United States, 1930-1985" Cartographica 30(2/3):94-101. (with James Sanders).

"Map use in small-town planning documents in northeast Ohio," Ohio Journal of Science 93(5):122-125. (with Glenn Jones).

"Regional planning and citizen participation in South Korea: The case of Chungbook province," GeoJournal 29(4):399-403. (with Byung-Dae Choi).

1992    "Tributación municipal: Una campaña de fiscalización en el Peru," Boletín de    
81:49-58. (with Norma Condezo Cerron).

"Tankhouses on the High Plains of western Kansas and eastern Colorado," Material Culture 24(1):33-42.

"Tankhouses in Nebraska: Distribution, construction  sytles, and use," Material Culture 24(1):43-58. (with Aaron S. Boucher).

"Neighborhood gentrification: A discriminant analysis of a historic district in Cleveland, Ohio," Urban Geography 13(1):49-67. (with Jill R. Schuler and Charles B. Monroe).