Damon Scott

Assistant Professor/Geography and American Studies

Miami University
Shideler Hall
Oxford, Ohio 45056


  • BA, Geology. Oberlin College (1993)
  • MA, Geography. University of Texas at Austin (1999)
  • PhD, Geography. University of Texas at Austin (2008)


20th Century Urban Geography, Cultural Landscapes, Gender and Sexual Politics

Damon Scott’s work focuses on the imprint of culture on urban landscapes and the ways different places can reinforce specific notions of self and community. His work is informed by current trends in cultural studies and geography that look critically at the concepts of culture, place and space in U.S. cities. His current project, The City Aroused, examines the intersections of urban redevelopment and sexual politics in San Francisco in the 1950s and 1960s.


  • GEO 201: Geography of Urban Diversity
  • GEO/AMS 352: Geographies of Urban Change
  • GEO 455/555: Race, Urban Change, and Conflict in America
  • GEO 493: Urban Field Experience
  • AMS 205: Introduction to American Studies
  • AMS 301: Renewing the American City
  • AMS 205: Introduction to American Studies: Vanguards and Vagabonds [Study Away Winter Term course in San Francisco]
  • AMS399: Engaging Chicago: People on the Move in a Global City [Study Away Summer course  in Chicago]

Selected Publications

  • Before the Creative Class: Blight, Gay Movies, and Family Values in the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood, 1964. Journal of Planning History, Volume 14 No 2, May 2015:149-73.
  • When the Motorman Mayor Met the Cable Car Ladies: Engendering Transit in the City that Knows How. Journal of Urban History, Volume 40 Issue 1, January 2014, pp. 65-96.
  • (What) Will the Center Hold? Architecture, Identity, and the Queer Heritage of San Francisco's GLBT Community Center, Buildings and Landscapes, Journal Article (Invited submission, in progress).
  • Co-author with Keith Meldahl, Autochthonous leaf assemblages as records of deciduous forest communities: an actualistic study. Lethaia, v 28 (1995), pp. 383-94.
  • The City Aroused: Queer Places and Urban Redevelopment in Postwar San Francisco, book manuscript (in progress).