Geography and Anthropology

Faculty & Staff

James J. A. Blair

Assistant Professor

Kristen Conway-Gómez, Ph.D.


Ann E. Danis

Assistant Professor

Amy Dao

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Claudia Garcia-Des Lauriers

Associate Professor Anthropology

Gabriel Granco

Assistant Professor of Geography

Dr. Kelly Huh

Chair & Associate Professor of Geography

Katie M. Kinkopf

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Lin Wu

Ph.D., Professor Emerita

Remi Burton    

Administrative Support Coordinator

Phone: (909) 869-3569

Building 5 - 150


Dr. Michael Reibel

Dr. Michael Reibel, Professor, Friend, Mentor, Brilliant Mind, Poet, Audacious Human Being

It is with a heavy heart we share the news that our colleague and friend, Dr. Mike Reibel, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on November 12, 2020. Mike’s passing is a great loss to our Geography and Anthropology Department family. Mike was a valued colleague and mentor to many – faculty, staff, and students alike. Conversations with Mike were always stimulating, whether the topic centered on his beloved children or partner, geography of urban ethnicity, social justice of drinking water access, spatial patterns of organ donors, his Sicilian heritage, a poem he was working on, or his latest batch of vegan chili.

A staunch advocate of labor unions and social justice, Mike imbued his research and teaching with these elements. He was serious about student success and took genuine interest in helping students progress. Mike spoke frankly of joy and learning gained through interactions with students in his classes, in the Department of Geography and Anthropology, and at the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies. 

Mike was an intellectual giant and affable colleague whose contributions to our department and the discipline of geography were numerous – more than two dozen scholarly publications, chairing the DRTP committee, acting as CFA representative, chairing the GIS advisory board, and serving on the editorial boards for Population and Environment and Progress in Transplantation. And Mike was always ready with a kind or supportive word or a quick ironic observation. 

Mike embraced life to the fullest and would admonish us for missing his important parting lesson – heed the fleeting nature of life by embracing the moment and genuinely holding those in our presence and thoughts with care, which Mike did so well.

Dr. Kun Chen

As many of you already know, our beloved colleague, professor, and dearest friend, Dr. Kun Chen passed away on October 13, 2015, after two years of fighting a late-stage cancer.  Dr. Chen was a rising scholar and a bright star in the department.  Though her time with us was short, she made a long lasting impact on the department and especially on her students.  She was an excellent teacher, an engaged mentor, a great colleague, and most of all, a very intelligent, sincere, and caring person.

We are raising funds to establish the Dr. Kun Chen Endowed Memorial Scholarship to help generations of future students who will continue what Kun started.  Our goal is to raise a minimum of $50,000 in funds to establish this endowed scholarship. We hope her name will be forever associated with the department, the university, and future students she loved so much. To make a contribution to the Dr. Kun Chen Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund, view the  Chen Memorial Scholarship.

Name Title Email Office Phone
Ambacher, Jason E. Lecturer email Jason E. AmbacherEmail Building 5 - 131 (909) 869-3590
Bjerke, Jennifer N. lecturer email Jennifer N BjerkeEmail Building 5 - 131 (909) 869-3590
Cheetham, David T. lecturer email David T. CheethamEmail Building 5 - 137 (909) 869-3583
DeLance, Lisa L. Lecturer email Lisa L. DeLanceEmail Building 5 - 137 (909) 869-3583
Delfin, Teresa E. Lecturer email Teresa E. DelfinEmail Building 5 - 131 (909) 869-3590
Goralski, Craig T. Lecturer email Craig T GoralskiEmail Building 5 - 137 (909) 869-3583
Gray, Alexis A. Lecturer email Alexis GrayEmail Building 5 - 201 (909) 869-4186
Hall, Linda J. Lecturer email Linda J. HallEmail Building 5 - 137 (909) 869-3583
Headley-El, Rudolph D. Letcurer email Rudolph D. Headley-ElEmail Building 5 - 134 (909) 869-3568
Hickey, Maureen L. Lecturer email Maureen L. HickeyEmail Building 5 - 131 (909) 869-3590
James, Stephen S. Lecturer email Stephen S. JamesEmail Building 5 - 131 (909) 869-3590
King, Cheryl L. Lecturer email Cheryl L. KingEmail Building 5 - 131 (909) 869-3590
Marshall, Jeanne L. Lecturer email Jeanne L MarshallEmail Building 5 - 135 (909) 869-2801
Nikita H. Prajapati Lecturer email Nikita H. PrajapatiEmail Building 5 - 135 (909) 869-2801
Patrick A. Polk Lecturer email Patrick A. PolkEmail Building 5 - 137 (909) 869-3583
Platt, Lorne A. Lecturer email Lorne A PlattEmail Building 5 - 135 (909) 869-2801
Wenrick, Jill C. Lecturer email Jill C WenrickEmail Building 5 - 137 (909) 869-3583
Xochipiltecatl Vazquez, Sandra Lecturer email Sandra Xochipiltecatl VazquezEmail Building 5 - 137 (909) 869-3583


Directory Listing for Emeriti
Name Email
Jean Aigner
Mark Allen
Thomas Blackburn
Richard Hyslop
David G. Lord
Harold "Fred" Turnbull
Dorothy Wills
Terry Young