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Roman Cybriwsky



Office:335 Gladfelter Hall
Tel: 215 204 7664



Areas of Expertise:

Urban-social geography, world cities, postsocialist urban transitions, neighborhood changes and development, cultural geography, Pacific Asia.

Professor Cybriwsky is a former chair of the Department of Geography and Urban Studies, former director of Asian Studies, and former Associate Dean at Temple University Japan Campus (TUJ) In 2010-201 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Kyiv, Ukraine, attached to the Sociology Department of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.





1972 – Ph.D. in Geography, The Pennsylvania State University
1969 – M.S. in Geography,, The Pennsylvania State University




GUS 0831  Global Cities

GUS 0861  Urban Dynamics

GUS 1025  World Urban Patterns
GUS 2025  American Place: Home City Region
GUS 2074  Geography of South, Southeast and East Asia

GUS 3073  Geography of Travel and Tourism
GUS 4014/5015 Urban Social Geography




Professor Cybriwsky has been at Temple since 1972. He teaches courses about world cities, Asian geography and the geography of North America at the undergraduate level, and about urban-social geography and global cities at the graduate level. His newest teaching assignment is a course about travel and tourism. His lectures are profusely illustrated with photos from his travels and his research abroad.





Dr. Cybriwsky's research interests include urban-social geography, urban planning and development, social aspects of the built environment, and neighborhood social change. He has worked in several of the world's largest cities, including New York, Tokyo and Jakarta, as well as in central Philadelphia and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He also works on the geography of Japan and Pacific Asia more generally, and on the, the changing face of post-Soviet cities. He has spent considerable time in recent years in Kyiv, Ukraine and has traveled widely in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and other countries in the region.


Much of Dr. Cybriwsky's recent research focused on the growth and development of Tokyo and the city's challenges for urban planners. He has written extensively about that city, including books entitled “Tokyo: The Changing Profile of an Urban Giant” (1991); “Historical Dictionary of Tokyo” (1997); “Tokyo: The Shogun's City at the 21st Century” (1998; 2nd ed. 2011); and “Roppongi Crossing: The Demise of a Tokyo Nightclub District and the Reshaping of a Global City’ (University of Georgia Press). His most recent book is “Capital Cities around the World: An Encyclopedia of Geography, History, and Culture,” (ABC-CLIO, 2013).  His forthcoming book Kyiv is entitled “City of Domes and Demons: Kyiv, Ukraine in Transition after Socialism,” is completed and is presently in production for release in Spring, 2014.  The next book projects are a social, cultural, and environmental geography of the River Dnipro (formerly Dnieper) and a close-up look at the exciting remaking of urban life in North Philadelphia and the River Wards.






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