Robert B. Kent, PhD, is Department Chair and the James H. Ring Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the California State University, Northridge. He is also Professor Emeritus of Geography and Planning at the University of Akron. His research and publications have focused broadly on the human geography of Latin America, especially the Andes and Central America, and on the evolving geography of Latin Americans in the United States. He has traveled, lived, and worked throughout Latin America, including 3 years spent as an urban and regional planner in Peru for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He served as a consultant for USAID in Bolivia on numerous occasions. Dr. Kent was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad Nacional de San Juan in San Juan, Argentina, and at the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and also spent a year as a visiting scholar at the Universitat Jaume I in Castellón de la Plana, Spain. He is a past chair of the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers, and currently a member of its board of directors. He also is a past councillor and treasurer of the Association of American Geographers. He has published many scholarly articles and book chapters and several books on regional development, urban planning, cartography, GIS, and cultural geography.
1. Introduction 2. Latin America as a Culture Region 3. The Environment 4. The Hispanic Caribbean 5. Peopling Latin America to 1820 6. The Mesa Central of Mexico 7. Early Cities and Urban Development 8. The Andes 9. Migration, Population Change, and Race 10. The Central Valley of Chile 11. The Central American Highlands 12. Land and People since the Conquest 13. Brazil’s Atlantic Coastal Plain 14. Contemporary Cities and Urban Patterns 15. The Southern Brazilian Highlands 16. Latin American Development in Perspective 17. The Pampa 18. Latin America in the World Economy 19. The Amazon Basin 20. The Latin American Diaspora 21. Conclusion