FULLERTON COLLEGE

Social Sciences Division

About Us

WELCOME to the Geography Department at Fullerton College!

Geography is the holistic study of the Earth's human and physical systems and their relationships. Its disciplinary nature bridges the social and natural sciences focusing on understanding human and physical processes. As a discipline, geography is paramount in understanding a world that is increasingly globalized - a phenomenon that compels us to better understand the complex relationships and interdependence of between people and places around the world.

Whether you are considering majoring in geography or simply considering taking a class to fulfill a general education requirement, you have come to the right place. A geography education is paramount in order to better understand some of the world's most pressing issues. Geographers study climate change, population, natural resources, environmental justice, deforestation, wildlife trade, economic development, sustainability, natural disasters, social inequality, regional and global conflict, agriculture, emigration and immigration, economic and cultural globalization, among other relevant topics. Students who take geography often report to feel more globally aware and thus more confident in facing the pressing issues of a globalized world.

Our department is composed of passionate faculty who see the classroom as a golden opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and global awareness in students. We have multiple course offerings and degrees and are active members of the Fullerton College community. We participate in campus events, student organizations, conferences, and activities and host geography-related events periodically. We encourage you to explore our course offerings and learn more about our department. Feel free to visit us on the 1400 building, second floor (Office Suite 1425).

Faculty

Susie Grabiel, M.A.

Associate Professor of Geography, Department Coordinator
Office: 1425
Phone: 714-992-7506
Email: sgabriel@fullcoll.edu

Courses taught:
GEOG 102 - Physical Geography & Lab
GEOG 160 - Human Geography

Ruben Lopez, M.A., M.A.T.

Assistant Professor of Geography
Office: 1425-01
Phone: 714-992-7507
Email: rlopez@fullcoll.edu

Ruben received his bachelor of arts in geology from Occidental College in Los Angeles. He began working with at-risk/high-risk youth in a local high school district as they attempted to earn their diplomas. Conversations with his students led Ruben to critically examine the socio-cultural, economic, political, and environmental factors impacting student-learning opportunities. This path would eventually lead toward a Master of Arts in geography from California State University, Fullerton, and a Master of Arts in teaching from Chapman University. He is working on his doctorate in education at Claremont Graduate University.

He resides in Southern California with his wife, Lily. He spends his spare time brewing beer, enjoying the outdoors, and working on his dissertation.

Research interests: Social/environmental justice & education, trauma and student learning, scientistic/technocratic thinking & the American educational system, science literacy, climate change, environmental/ societal collapse

Courses taught:
GEOG 102 - Physical Geography & Lab
GEOG 120 - Global Environmental Problems

Aline Gregorio, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Geography
Office: 1425-01
Phone: (714) 992-7537
Email: agregorio@fullcoll.edu
Website: www.alinegregorio.com

Aline earned her Liberal Studies Associates of Arts degree from Fullerton College and Bachelor's and Master's Degree in geography from Cal State Fullerton. What attracted her into this discipline, and continues to motivate her studies today, is how relevant it is in the contemporary world.

In her classes, she exposes students to core geographical principles and seeks to teach students something they will find meaningful. Born and raised in Brazil, Aline brings a perspective of the developing world to her classrooms, connecting students to distant realities they may have not experienced.

Aline is the advisor for Associated Students for Equitable Sustainability and is part of the Program Review Committee at Fullerton College. She lives in Southern California with her family and spends her down time enjoying the outdoors, traveling, and mobilizing with students for extracurricular learning.

Research Interests:biodiversity protection, environmental justice, political ecology, agriculture, ethnoscience, sustainable development, globalization, sustainability in higher education, environmental history, Latin America, human rights.

Courses taught:
GEOG 100 - Global Geography
GEOG 120 - Global Environmental Problems
GEOG 130 - Geography of California
GEOG 160 - Human Geography