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Robert Ross, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Global Cultural Studies

Pictured is Robert Ross, Ph.D., assistant professor of global cultural studies.
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  • Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology/Sociology, Summa Cum Laude, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Master of Science, Geography, with distinction, University College London
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Geography, Syracuse University

Courses Taught

  • Marx and Marxism
  • Political Geography of the Middle East
  • Revolutions
  • Intro to Global Cultural Studies
  • Sociological Foundations
  • Sociology of Marriage and Family
  • World Geography


Associate Professor Robert Ross, Ph.D., is a geographer whose teaching and research interests center on the geographies of capitalism. His areas of specialty include the Middle East and North America. Prior to teaching at Point Park, Ross served as a visiting assistant professor at the American University of Beirut and a part-time instructor at Syracuse University and West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Selected Publications

  • "Book Review: Forging a New Housing Policy: Opportunity in the Wake of Crisis, edited by Christopher Niedt and Marc Silver," (with Eric Probola), Human Geography, 2012.
  • "Book Review: Company Towns in the Americas: Landscape, Power, and Working-Class Communities, edited by Oliver Dinius and Angela Vergara," Journal of Historical Geography, 2012.
  • "Waiting for War (and other Strategies to Stop Gentrification): The Case of Ras Beirut," (with Lamis Jamil), Human Geography, 2011.
  • "New York City in the 1970s and Its Legacy," Association of American Geographers Newsletter, 2011.
  • "Scales and Skills of Monopoly Power: The Case of the 1890-1891 Chicago Carpenters' Strike," Antipode, 2011.
  • "Contradictions of Cultural Production and the Geographies that (Mostly) Resolve them: 19th Century Baseball and the Rise of the 1890 Players' League," Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 2008.

Selected Presentations

  • "Robots, Gentrification and Warfare: Deception and the Defense Industry, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Kabul, Afghanistan," presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York, N.Y., Feb. 2012, and at "Shifting Borders: American and the Middle East/North Africa," American University of Beirut, Beirut, Jan. 2012.
  • "September 11th and the Growth of U.S. Imperialism," 10th Anniversary of 9/11 Panel, Point Park University, Pittsburgh, Pa., Sept. 2011.
  • Co-presented "Conserving Culture or Protecting the People from Displacement? Gentrification and Architectural Heritage in Ras Beirut," Heritage 2011: Conservation of Architecture, Urban Areas, Nature and Landscape: Towards a Sustainable Survival of Cultural Landscape, Amman, Jordan, March 2011.
  • "Connecting the Politics of Possibility to the Politics of Protest: Lessons from the Pittsburgh G20 Summit," Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C., April 2010.
  • Panelist on "(In)secure Space: Security, Dissent, and Contemporary Urban Social Struggles," Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C., April 2010.
  • "Stopping Gentrification: The Case of Ras Beirut," Connections and Ruptures: America and the Middle East. Proceedings of the Third International Conference sponsored by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research at the American University of Beirut, Jan. 2010.
  • "Waiting for War (and other Strategies to Confront Gentrification)," Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nev., March 2009.

Research Interests

  • Geographies of the circulation of capital
  • Urbanization
  • Culture
  • Gentrification
  • Historical labor geography
  • Sports geography
  • Middle East
  • North America

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Nominated as Outstanding Faculty Adviser, April 2011
  • Center for American Studies and Research Conference Travel Grant, American University of Beirut, April 2008
  • Maxwell Dean Dissertation Fellowship, Syracuse University, Fall 2006- Spring 2007
  • Roscoe Martin Fund Fellowship, Syracuse University, Spring 2006
  • Frederick Douglass Scholar, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Summer 2005
  • Maxwell School Summer Research Grant, Syracuse University, Summer 2005

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Socialist and Critical Geographers Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, April 2009-present
  • Member, Association of American Geographers, Oct. 2003-present


  • English (native)
  • Spanish (proficient conversation, reading, and writing)
  • Arabic (elementary conversation, reading, and writing)

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