Faculty

Michael Curry



Contact Information

Email    CURRY@GEOG.UCLA.EDU
Office  1255 BUNCHE
Phone  53122

(Emeritus) (Ph.D., Minnesota, 1984) is a Professor with research interests in cultural geography, the history of geographic thought, and the philosophy of geography. Dr. Curry teaches courses in geographic thought and in technology and society.

Education

B. A. New College 
Liberal Arts 

B. A. University of Minnesota 
Philosophy and Geography 

M. A. University of Minnesota 
Geography 

Ph. D. University of Minnesota 
Geography

Research

My work is at the intersection of cultural geography and the history of geographic ideas, of space and place and nature. Over the course of my career I have attempted to answer questions like the following: How do people construct a world composed of places that are very different one from another? How do they think about those differences? As people develop and mobilize new technologies, how do those places change, and how does their ability effectively to think about those places change?

Over the last ten years I have spent a great deal of time thinking about the nature and implications of the development of geographic information technologies, including geographic information systems, but also remote surveillance systems, global positioning systems, and computer-assisted cartography. This research has been closely connected to the concepts mentioned here--space and place and representation--but also to broader social and cultural issues, such as privacy, property, and identity.

Previous Courses by Term

2013 Winter Quarter

Seminar: Geographic Thought

2012 Winter Quarter

Teaching College Geography

2011 Fall Quarter

Cultural Geography

Place, Identity, and Networked World

2011 Spring Quarter

Seminar: Geographic Thought

2011 Winter Quarter

Teaching College Geography

2010 Fall Quarter

Cultural Geography

Place, Identity, and Networked World

2010 Spring Quarter

Cultural Geography of Modern World

2010 Winter Quarter

Seminar: Geographic Thought

2009 Fall Quarter

Cultural Geography

Place, Identity, and Networked World

2008 Fall Quarter

Cultural Geography

Place, Identity, and Networked World

2008 Spring Quarter

Seminar: Geographic Thought

2008 Winter Quarter

Space, Place, and Nature in Western Thought

Place, Identity, and Networked World

2007 Fall Quarter

Cultural Geography

Cultural Geography of Modern World

2007 Spring Quarter

Seminar: Cultural Geography

2007 Winter Quarter

Cultural Geography

2006 Fall Quarter

Space, Place, and Nature in Western Thought

Place, Identity, and Networked World

2006 Spring Quarter

Cultural Geography

Problems in Geography: Spatial Demography and Social Processes

2006 Winter Quarter

Place, Identity, and Networked World

2005 Fall Quarter

Seminar: Geographic Thought

2004 Fall Quarter

Place, Identity, and Networked World

2004 Spring Quarter

Place, Identity, and Networked World

Problems in Geography: Culture and Environment in the Modern World

2004 Winter Quarter

Space, Place, and Nature in Western Thought

2003 Fall Quarter

Seminar: Geographic Thought

2003 Spring Quarter

Special Topics in Communication Studies: Humanistic Approaches to Mass Communication

Cultural Geography

Place, Identity, and Networked World

2003 Winter Quarter

History of Modern Geography

2002 Spring Quarter

Special Topics in Communication Studies: Humanistic Approaches to Mass Communication

Place, Identity, and Networked World

2002 Winter Quarter

History of Modern Geography

2001 Fall Quarter

Cultural Geography

2001 Spring Quarter

Cultural Geography

2001 Winter Quarter

Special Topics in Communication Studies: Humanistic Approaches to Mass Communication

Place, Identity, and Networked World

2000 Spring Quarter

Special Topics in Communication Studies: Humanistic Approaches to Mass Communication

Cultural Geography

Place, Identity, and Networked World

2000 Winter Quarter

Seminar: Geographic Thought

1999 Spring Quarter

Special Topics in Communication Studies: Humanistic Approaches to Mass Communication

Place, Identity, and Networked World

1998 Fall Quarter

Cultural Geography

History of Modern Geography

1998 Spring Quarter
1997 Fall Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

GEOG 3
Cultural Geography

2003 Spring Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter

1998 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2001 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

GEOG 3

1997 Fall Quarter

GEOG 133
Cultural Geography of Modern World

2007 Fall Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

GEOG 134
Space, Place, and Nature in Western Thought

2004 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

GEOG 136

1998 Spring Quarter

GEOG 138
Place, Identity, and Networked World

2003 Spring Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

1999 Spring Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

2002 Spring Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

GEOG 159B
Problems in Geography: Spatial Demography and Social Processes

2006 Spring Quarter

GEOG 159C
Problems in Geography: Culture and Environment in the Modern World

2004 Spring Quarter

COM STD 197N
Special Topics in Communication Studies: Humanistic Approaches to Mass Communication

2002 Spring Quarter

1999 Spring Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

GEOG 233
Seminar: Cultural Geography

2007 Spring Quarter

GEOG 295
Seminar: Geographic Thought

2013 Winter Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

GEOG 298B
History of Modern Geography

1998 Fall Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

GEOG 495
Teaching College Geography

2011 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter