Welcome to Geography at Santa Monica College!

For those who do not already know me, my name is Pete Morris. I take pride in being a teaching geographer, with interests that span the full breadth of the discipline. But if pushed, I'd more specifically describe myself as an historical geographer with particular curiosities in the cultural landscapes and continuing histories of Los Angeles and the Santa Monica Bay region, the broader North American West, and the Italian region of Liguria. I am currently working on—or at least pondering—a world historical geography of beer and the brewing industry, as a case study in cultural and economic globalization; an early product of that work is available with my on-line papers and presentations.

I hold degrees in Geography from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison and in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. For what it's worth, I'm also something of a local product, having graduated from Diamond Bar High School (class of 1985) in the hilly margins of southeastern Los Angeles County, between the coastal plain of northern Orange County and the interior valleys of San Gabriel, Pomona, and the extended Inland Empire.

Courses Taught

Geography 1 - Physical Geography (Winter 2018)
Geography 2 - Human Geography (
Spring 2018)
Geography 8 - Urban Geography (
Spring 2018 and Spring 2018 online)
Geography 11 - World Geography (
Fall 2017)
Geography 14 - California Geography (
Spring 2018)

Contact information

Pete Morris
Department of Earth Science
Santa Monica College
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 434-8654
office location: HSS 385

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