Garth A. Myers, associated with the Center for Urban and Global Studies, is the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies. Garth Myers earned a Ph.D. in Geography (1993) from UCLA with an allied field in Urban Planning. Myers has an M.A. (UCLA, 1986) in African Area Studies, with Geography and Urban Planning as the major and minor fields, and a BA with Honors in History from Bowdoin College, with concentrations in African and African-American History. He has taught at the University of Kansas, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Miami University (Ohio), California State University at Dominguez Hills, and UCLA. Myers is comfortable with large lecture classes and small seminars. His teaching philosophy rests on a belief in student engagement; the best learning takes place in engaged classrooms, where the professor facilitates student discussion and debate. Myers has conducted research in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Finland, and the UK over the past 20 years, and he regularly uses his research to inform his teaching.

Most of my research examines urban development in Sub-Saharan Africa. I’ve done field research in and archival research on Zanzibar, Dodoma and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Nairobi in Kenya, Lilongwe in Malawi, Dakar in Senegal and Lusaka in Zambia, among other places. I am interested in the legacies of European colonialism, the politics of urban planning, and cultures of environmental management in these cities. More recently, I’ve begun examining cities in the Caribbean, southern China and even Hartford, with some of these same interests in mind. Some recent publications that are representative of and showcase my various research interests would include:

Myers, G. (2016) Urban Environments in Africa: a Critical Analysis of Environmental Politics (Bristol, UK: Policy Press, University of Bristol).

Myers, G. (2011) African Cities: Alternative Visions of Urban Theory and Practice (London: Zed Books).

Myers, G. (2017) “African Ideas of the Urban,” in The Handbook of New Urban Studies. John Hannigan and Greg Richards (eds.), London: SAGE Publications, pp. 449-461.

Myers, G. (2016) “‘The Trees are Yours’: Nature, Toponymy and Politics in the Interpretation of the Cultural Landscapes of Lusaka and Zanzibar,” invited chapter in: Liora Bigon and Yossi Katz (eds.) Place Names in Africa: Colonial Urban Legacies, Entangled Histories. Zurich: Springer, pp. 45-57.

Myers, G. (2016) “Representing Zanzibar in Contested Literary, Cultural and Political Geographies,” in The Postcolonial World, edited by Jyotsna Singh and David Kim. London: Routledge, pp. 227-242.

Myers, G. (2015) “A World-Class City Region? Envisioning the Nairobi of 2030,” American Behavioral Scientist 59(3): 328-346.

Myers, G. (2014) “From Expected to Unexpected Comparison: Changing the Flows of Ideas about Cities in a Post-Colonial Urban World,” Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 35(1):104-118.



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