Alexander Tarr

Alexander Tarr

Assistant Professor of Geography

Professor Tarr is a broadly trained human geographer with interests in urban geography, critical cartography and GIS, and digital culture. His current research and teaching focuses largely on the City of Worcester and how the city is imagined and remade in a period of widespread gentrification in US cities and the rise of digital cultures. His co-authored book with Rachel Brahinsky "A Peoples Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area" (forthcoming Fall 2020 from UC Press) will provide a critical-geography of the SF Bay Area region. In addition to the book manuscript, Alex has been contributing the development of a digital platform to host People's Guide projects in the model of the UC book series, collaborating with the series editors and teams around the US. He has researched and written on urban agriculture, social justice struggles, and the use of digital technology in both, including his dissertation "Have Your City and Eat It Too: Los Angeles and the Urban Food Renaissance."


University of Southern California
Cinema and Television Production
University of California, Berkeley
Skills Urban Geography Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Cartography Digital Geographies Critical Theory


  • Books
  • Articles
A People's Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area (forthcoming Fall 2020, UC Press) Read More
Alexander Tarr. “‘Carrots are Nine Tenths of All You Eat’: The Urban Geography of Los Angeles’ Cooperative Exchange Movement.” California History 91, no. 1 (2014): 74–76. Read More
Thatcher, J. L. Bergmann, D. O’Sullivan, B. Ricker, R. Rose-Redwood, T. Barnes, L. Barnesmoore, L Imaoka, R. Burns, J. Cinnamon, C. Dalton, C. Davis, S. Dunn, F. Harvey, J. Jung, E. Kersten, L. Knigge, N. Lally, W. Lin, D. Mahmoudi, M. Martin, W. Payne, A. Sheikh, T. Shelton, E. Sheppard, C. Strother, A. Tarr, M. Wilson. “Revisiting Critical GIS: Reflections from Friday Harbor.” Environment and Planning A. 48, no. 5 (2016): 815-824. Read More
John Stehlin and Alexander Tarr. “Think Regionally, Act. Locally: Contradictions of Contemporary Progressive Urbanism in the United States.” Urban Geography 38, no. 9 (2017): 1329-1351. Read More
Alexander Tarr and Luis F. Alvarez Leon. “Will Review for Points: The Unpaid Affective Labor of Place-making for Google’s ‘Local Guides.’” (forthcoming in Feminist Review) Read More
Does Wall•E Dream of Electric Kale? The California Dream as Post-Scarcity Nightmare. (under review at Literary Geographies) Read More


Food: An Atlas

from the Atlas website: Food: An Atlas is a crowdsourced project of guerrilla cartography and publishing. The atlas endeavors to map food in its myriad contexts and conditions at many scales of research and geography. Scores of cartographers and food researchers just traditional cartography, poster art, infographics, and journalistic text-blocking to render the map as a narrative device in the spirit of knowledge-caching and -sharing.
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GE 102

Introduction to Human Geography

3 credits