HoffmanPeter R. Hoffman, Ph.D.

Dr. Hoffman, Associate Professor of Geography, is the Program Director and teaches courses in Urban Studies each semester. He also serves as the primary academic advisor for all majors and minors in the program—working closely with Urban Studies students to insure their academic programs reflect their careers objectives and/or plans for graduate school.

Dr. Hoffman conducts research in the areas of urban planning, historic preservation, and economic development in the United States and internationally. He combines his academic research with professional consulting and community service. He currently serves as a member of a local city planning commission.

Dr. Hoffman has traveled extensively as a lecturer for the American Geographical Society and various alumni and travel groups. He was the Director of LMU’s study abroad program in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and spent summers in Mexico for 13 years.

Areas of Expertise
Urban geography
Urban planning
Postmodern urbanism

B.A. Geography, UCLA, 1969
M.A. Geography, Area Development, and Urban Planning, Univ. of Arizona, 1974
Ph.D. Geography, UCLA, 1983

Contact Information
University Hall 4323
310-338-7380 voice
310-338-1786 fax


SeymourMona Seymour, Ph.D.

Dr. Seymour, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, teaches courses in Urban Studies, Geography, and Environmental Studies.

Her current research focuses on green infrastructure and sustainability planning and on urban alleyway revitalization.

Areas of Expertise
Urban environmental geography
Sustainability planning
Animal geographies

B.A. Environmental Studies, UCLA, 2003
Ph.D. Geography, USC, 2010

Contact Information
University Hall 4328
310-338-2814 voice
310-338-1786 fax