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Associate Professor, Literary Arts and Social Justice Studies

Graduate Director, Community Engagement

Pictured is Robert Ross, Ph.D., assistant professor of global cultural studies.Contact Information


  • 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



  • Probola, E. and Ross, R. (2012) "Book Review: Forging a New Housing Policy: Opportunity in the Wake of Crisis. Edited by Christopher Niedt and Marc Silver. Human Geography. 5. 1. 106-108.
  • Ross, R. (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. 38. 104-105.
  • Ross, R. and Jamil, L. (2011) "Waiting for War (and other Strategies to Stop Gentrification): The Case of Ras Beirut." Human Geography. 4. 3. 14-32.
  • Ross, R. (2011)"New York City in the 1970s and Its Legacy." Association of American Geographers Newsletter. 46. 10. 9.
  • Ross, B. and Mitchell, D. (2004) "Commentary: Neoliberal Landscapes of Deception: Detroit, Ford Field, and the Ford Motor Company." Urban Geography. 25. 7. 685-690.


  • Ross, R. (2016) The Great Baseball Revolt: The Rise and Fall of the 1890 Players League. University of Nebraska Press.
  • Ross, R. (2011) "Scales and Skills of Monopoly Power: The Case of the 1890-1891 Chicago Carpenters' Strike." Antipode. 43. 4. 1281-1304.
  • Ross, R. (2011) "Book Review: Temples of the Earthbound Gods: Stadiums in the Cultural Landscapes of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. By Christopher Thomas Gaffney." The Geographical Review. 101. 1. January. 125-140.
  • Ross, R. (2010) "The Struggles over Chicago's Brotherhood Park." Area Chicago. No. 10. Summer/Fall. 14-15.
  • Ross, R. (2008) "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. 26. 6. 983-1000.


  • Ross, R. (2016) "The Limits of Revolutionary Geographic Thought." Antipode. Intervention Symposium - "Did We Accomplish the Revolution in Geographic Thought?" December. 1-8.
  • Ross, R. and Rosati, C. (2006) "Social Justice." In B. Warf (ed.) Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Thousand Oaks, Calif. Sage. 436-437.

Recent Presentations

  • “Engaged Learning in Geography: Pedagogy and Practice.” Panelist, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Washington, DC. April 2019.
  • “Geographies and Theologies of Christian Solidarity.” Panelist and Organizer, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. New Orleans, La. April 2018.
  • “Author Meets Critics: The Great Baseball Revolt.” Panelist, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Boston, Mass. April 2017.
  • "Did we Accomplish the Revolution in Geographic Thought?" Panelist, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. San Francisco, Calif. April 2016.
  • "Understanding and Resisting the Anti-BDS Movement in America: The Case of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)." Fragments of Empire after the American Century Conference, Center for American Studies and Research, American University of Beirut. January 2016.
  • "Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Workshop." With Tory Smith. Friends of Sabeel North America Pittsburgh Conference. October 2015.
  • "Understanding the Opposition: The Anti-BDS Movement in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Beyond." International Conference of Critical Geography. Ramallah, Palestine. July 2015.
  • "Academic Boycott Strategy Open Workshop." International Conference of Critical Geography. Ramallah, Palestine. July 2015.
  • "Critical Pedagogy in Geography: Teaching Israel/Palestine as Settler Colonialism." Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Chicago, Ill. April 2015.
  • "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, NY. February 2012.

Research Interests

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

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