Kris Bezdecny

College of Natural and Social Sciences
Geosciences and Environment
Office Location: KH 4054


I joined Cal State LA in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Geography.  Previously I worked for Wright State University, Esri, Inc., University of South Florida, and the Center for Urban Transportation Research.  My areas of focus include urban geography, urban transportation, and GIS (spatial analysis and mobile GIS).


Theory and capstone courses:

  • GEOG 5950: Geographic Thought
  • GEOG 4950: Geographic Methodology and Senior Thesis

Urban geography courses:

  • GEOG 5400: Seminar: Human Geography (Urban Globalization)

Transportation geography courses:

  • GEOG 4570: Transportation Geography
  • GEOG 4580: Urban Transportation

GIS courses:

  • GEOG 3690: Fundamentals of GIS
  • GEOG 4630: GIS Applications in Urban Planning
  • GEOG 4640: GIS Applications in Political Science
  • GEOG 4680: Digital Cartography

Introductory courses:

  • GEOG 1550: Cultural Geography


Completed theses:

  • Jason Scott.  2017.  "The Deep Rooted Relationship Between Multi-National Oil and Sovereign Nigeria."  MA thesis (Geography).
  • Nancy Verma.  2017.  "Reimagining Urban Development in Tracy, California."  MS thesis (Interdisciplinary Studies - Urban Design).

Current students:

  • Victoria Smith
  • Ovidio Alvarez
  • Hugo Aguilar
  • Vlad (Hector) Gallegos
  • Jesus Alfaro


My research agenda focuses on uneven geographical development in the urban space.  More specifically, I focus on the relationships that lead to our (re)producing spaces of unevenness, particularly economic and sociopolitical inequities, through our interactions with each other and with existing (and emerging) institutions within cities.  This research comprises three interrelated strands:

  1. Urban eco-austerity and the uneven geographical development of socionature, with an emphasis on how perceptions of urban nature, and perceptions of the right of cities to natural resources (such as water), impacts their uneven developments.
  2. The intersections of urban theming and urban globalization with uneven geographical development, in which the uneven spaces necessary to ease friction of global economic processes are often not visible, but instead exist “beneath” the image of a city.  
  3. Urban global governance and uneven geographical development, in which changing policy relationships between nation-states and city-regions, coupled with extralegal bureaucratic decisions gaining force of law in city-regions, is quietly shifting the sociopolitical spaces in which uneven geographical development is (re) produced.  


Archer, Kevin and Kris Bezdecny, eds. In progress (under contract).  Handbook of Emerging 21st Century Cities.  Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.  (Expected publication in 2018.)

Archer, Kevin and Kris Bezdecny.  2016.  "'Restoring' Seattle's river: competing conceptions of the Duwamish socionature."  In Archer, Kevin and Kris Bezdecny (eds.) Handbook of Cities and the Environment.  Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Archer, Kevin and Kris Bezdecny, eds.  2016.  Handbook of Cities and the Environment.  Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Bezdecny, Kris.  2015.  "Imagineering uneven geographical development in central Florida."  Geographical Review 105.3: 325-343.


Title Dates

"The Dystopian Consequences to Themed Urban Utopias:  The Case Study of Celebration, Florida." Association of Pacific Coast Geographers annual conference, Chico, CA

25-28 October 2017
Panelist, PST: LA/LA and El Pato Pascual, Globalism, Modernism, and other Dystopias in Latin America/US. 19 October 2017

"The transformation of city-regional governance in global(izing) cities."  International Studies Association international conference, Hong Kong SAR

15-18 June 2017

"California’s water crisis: A case study in urban eco-austerity."  California Geographical Society annual conference, San Diego, CA

28-30 April 2017

"The Drought and Water Restrictions in California Cities."  Presented at the Mount San Antonio College Earth Day Lecture.

26 April 2017

“Uneven geographical development in globalizing cities.”  American Association of Geographers annual meeting, Boston, MA

5-9 April 2017
"The Political Ecology of Water Restrictions in California Cities."  Los Angeles Geographical Society Lecture, LA City College. 5 November 2016

“Social justice and the fractalization of space in the city.”  Association of Pacific Coast Geographers annual conference, Portland, OR

5-8 October 2016

“Sociopolitical accountability and urban water quality: Flint, Michigan and beyond.”  International Conference of Health and Living in Cities, Hong Kong SAR

21-24 June 2016

“Blind people and the urban elephant: conceptualizing the early 21st century city.”  American Association of Geographers annual meeting, San Francisco, CA

29 March - 2 April 2016

“City-regions unbound?”  International Studies Association annual meeting, Atlanta, GA

16-19 March 2016




Ph.D. Geography and Environmental Science & Policy

  • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

M.A. Geography

  • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

B.A. History

  • Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO

B.S. Mathematics

  • Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO