Damon Scott

Geography and American Studies
Miami University
105 Shideler Hall
Oxford, Ohio 45056


  • BA 1993, Oberlin College
  • MA 1999, University of Texas at Austin
  • PhD 2008, University of Texas at Austin


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 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

“The Motorman, The Cable Car Ladies, and “Miss Modern Transportation”: Engendering Transit in the City that Knows How,” Journal of Urban History [published on-line, Sept 30, 2013; print version forthcoming]

“Before the Creative Class: Blight, Gay Cinema, and Family Values in the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood, 1964,” Journal of Planning History [accepted, pending minor revision, Nov 17, 2013]

The City Aroused: Sexual Politics and the Transformation of San Francisco’s Urban Landscape, 1943-1964 [manuscript, in progress]