Department of Geography and the Environment

Robert Lemon

Research FellowPhD, University of Texas at Austin

Research Fellow/ Lecturer
Robert Lemon



Urban Life and Urban Form; Culinary Practices and the Food System; Latino Spaces and Places


Robert Lemon is an urban geographer and environmental designer. He studies the social and cultural transformations of North American cities. His research focuses on Latino immigration, cultural landscape, food practices, and the design of culinary spaces. In addition, Robert is grounded in the fundamentals of architecture, landscape architecture, environmental design, and city planning. His diverse academic background allows him to stitch together dissimilar ways of thinking about urban spaces to critically assess and creatively address urban social topics.

Robert holds a Masters in City and Regional planning from the Ohio State University, a Masters in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a PhD in Geography at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a former lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley in Landscape Architecture, has worked as a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin, and has taught periodically as a visiting professor at Heidelberg University in Germany and at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.

He is the author of "The Taco Truck: How Mexican Street Food is Transforming the American City." by University of Illinois Press.


GRG 305 • This Human World: Intro To Grg

36710-36750 • Spring 2020
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM

Course Description

This course focuses on learning why things are where they are and the processes that underlie spatial patterns. These processes are fundamentally cultural: they involve a complex mix of folk culture, popular culture, communication, religion, demography, industry and urbanization, so the course touches on all of these topics. The course also looks at the indications of human-induced environmental changes, including pollution, resource depletion, and the transformation of ecosystems. It concludes with an introduction to the range of career opportunities for people with training in geography.

Grading Policy

Final grades will be based on a combination of three exams (worth approximately 45% of the total grade), three projects (worth approximately 25% of the total grade) and participation (worth approximately 30% of the total grade).

GRG F337 • The Modern American City

84505 • Summer 2013
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM CLA 1.102


Cities are dynamic places that concentrate financial capital as well as human and natural resources. In an era of globalization it is important to not only understand the city as a milieu comprised of neighborhoods, land uses, and political forces, but also as a node within a system of economic, social, and technological networks that are transforming landscapes well beyond the city limits. This course will briefly trace the formation of US cities from their rural beginnings through industrialization to their contemporary condition. We will focus on the city as a place that perpetually forges new relationships between capital, society, and nature. Additionally, we will investigate the deep-rooted social and economic processes of the neo-liberal city from a spatial perspective to acquire a more robust understanding of the contemporary built environment and urban life in the United States. Employing traditional methods and contemporary concepts of urban geography, this course introduces students to significant themes in academic urban geography and teaches them to critically interpret the perpetual changing American urban landscape and hypothesize its future development.




The course is designed for upper division students who want a more thorough understanding of urban processes. The course is pertinent for those interested in graduate studies or administrative work in urban geography, public policy, city planning, environmental planning, architecture and/or landscape architecture.


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    The University of Texas at Austin
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