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Middling Landscapes: Animating Life and Work on the Carquinez Strait

March 1, 2017 | Peter Ekman

From Contra Costa County, California: An Empire within a County, 1922

Peter Ekman is a cultural and historical geographer who received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2016. He maintains broad-based interests in urban form and urban life during America’s long twentieth century, in the intellectual histories of planning and urbanism, in theories of materiality and material culture, and in questions of ruination. Articles of his have appeared in the Journal of Urban History and the Journal of Planning History. His research has been supported by long-term fellowships from the Bancroft Library and the Huntington Library. At Dumbarton Oaks, as Mellon Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies, he will be adapting his dissertation manuscript, “Suburbs of Last Resort: Landscape, Life, and Ruin on the Edges of San Francisco Bay,” for publication as a book.