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Professor Pred's Obituary
Allan Richard Pred, one of the world’s leading geographers and social scientists, died of acute lung cancer on January 5th at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley. He had retired in May 2006 following forty-four years of service to the University of California Berkeley. Diagnosed with lung cancer last summer while at his summer home in Sweden, his condition deteriorated rapidly upon his return to Berkeley for medical treatment. He was seventy years old.

To his colleagues and students, Allan Pred was a formidable intellectual, a brilliant thinker, a great humanist, a loyal and trusted friend, and a generous and engaged mentor. He was the central figure in the making of a distinctive Berkeley approach to Geography over the last generation and he left an indelible stamp on the Geography Department marked by his devotion to wide-open inquiry, critical thought, and a passion for truth and human freedom. “He made a big difference to the social life in the social sciences/humanities” said a colleague in the Anthropology Department, “his humanist qualities created a sense of meaningful intellectual exchange and moral optimism that may be fading on campus”. His immense charm and deep humanity will be sorely missed.

The arc of Allan Pred’s academic life is nothing short of remarkable. He entered Antioch College aged sixteen. During the 1950s, Antioch was a nebula that fashioned a number of intellectual, political and cultural stars, and Allan Pred was most definitely part of that galaxy. He graduated first in his class in 1957 and then decamped to Penn State University to study Geography. When asked in an interview why he chose Geography, he replied that it offered an unmatched flexibility and cross-disciplinary landscape on which to operate. University Park was a way station en route to his ultimate destination, the University of Chicago. For a student interested in cities and urban Geography in the mid-20th century, the University of Chicago was the Holy Grail: home to a long line of urban theorists, by 1960 Chicago was the crucible within which a new quantitative and analytical Geography was being forged. Completing his PhD in 1962, in little over four years, Pred arrived at Berkeley at the tender age of 25. His ascent through the ranks of the professoriat was astonishing. Within five years he had obtained tenure. By 1971, aged 34, he had been appointed Full Professor.

For the better part of four decades, Allan Pred has been at the forefront of human geography. His scholarship has radically shaped contemporary understanding of city development, landscape, modernity and race. Pred’s productivity is legendary. Twenty-two books and monographs - translated into seven languages – and over seventy articles and book chapters. He was always among the most-cited scholars in the profession. At the time of his death he was completing a new book manuscript, continuing his interest in race, identity and the making of the modern world. At his May 2006 retirement party, one colleague calculated that Allan Pred had penned on average about 350 words each day of his working life.

Allan Pred was born in the Bronx in 1936. His father was a high school French language teacher, his mother a housewife and musician. Both of his grandparents had been Jewish immigrants from Poland. A child of the late Depression, he rarely looked back to New York after his departure for Antioch College in 1953. His new horizons were out in the Midwest and later across the Atlantic to Europe – what became a life-long love affair with Sweden. He first visited the country while a graduate student at Chicago, drawn, in part, by the theoretical and scientific innovations of Swedish geographers such as Torsten Hägerstrand. When he met his wife of 44 years, Hjördis, in San Francisco in 1962 the die was cast. They lived between Berkeley and Sweden on a yearly basis, raising bi-lingual children. In the 1980s, they bought a summer home in Sörmland, Sweden which was Allan’s sanctuary and passion; he treasured the physical work of building and working the land as much as he cherished burrowing into the books and archives.

Perhaps inevitably for a child raised in New York and educated in Chicago, Pred started his career as a theorist of the American city. His international reputation was made in three brilliant books on nineteenth-century US urbanism, each marked by a magnificent control of historical sources and a profound sensitivity to the dynamics of historical transformation. Each proved to be enormously influential across disciplines and theoretically groundbreaking. In The Spatial Dynamics of US Urban Industrial Growth 1800-1914 (1966), he challenged the new economic historians to take seriously the role of urban agglomeration in industrial growth. In Urban Growth and the Circulation of Information, 1970-1840 (1973), Pred linked national growth, mercantile expansion and industrial innovation to the advance of communications networks across American cities. And, finally, in Urban Growth Theory and City Systems in the US, 1840-1860 (1980), he charted the way capitalist dynamics ramify across entire city system, more than between cities and rural hinterlands. This classic trio of monographs remains indispensable for any understanding to the urban and economic history of the United States.

Beginning in the 1980s, Pred’s formidable intellect turned from the American to the Swedish city, and in the process his gaze turned from urban political economy to modernity as a way of life and mode of experience. Pred’s perseverance and his eye for historical sources yielded unexpected fruits in his new Swedish project. He discovered an archival goldmine, a treasure trove of neglected church and state papers on nineteenth and twentieth century life. What followed was an exhilarating series of projects designed to unearth the making of place, everyday life, and popular identities in the transit to what he called, ‘Swedish modern’. He began with rural enclosures and peasant life in the 19th century, in Place, Practice and Structure: Social and Spatial Transformation in Southern Sweden, 1975-1850 (1985) and moved quickly to the world of Stockholm’s working classes at the fin de siècle in Lost Words and Lost Worlds: Modernity and the Language of Everyday Life in Late-Nineteenth Century Stockholm (1990). Pred’s vision grew even bolder, taking on that apotheosis of modernity, the World’s Fair, as it took shape in Stockholm in three different forms over three generations, in Recognizing European Modernities: A Montage of the Present (1995). Inevitably he turned to contemporary Swedish life and to what he took to be the deafening silence surrounding the question of race and racism. In two powerful and controversial books – his stunning excoriation of cultural racism, memorably entitled Even in Sweden: Racisms, Racialized Spaces, and the Popular Geographical Imagination (2000) and The Past is Not Dead: Facts, Fictions and Enduring Racial Stereotypes (2004) – Pred courageously exposed a deep vein of pain and shame.

In migrating across the Atlantic and addressing modern Swedish identity, Pred’s scholarship shifted radically in both conception and style. Deeply influenced by the work of Walter Benjamin and his theory of montage, Pred experimented with a distinctive prose style – at once poetic and stark – and a remarkable integration of image and text, of ethnography and commentary. For some this body of work resembled a postmodern turn, but Pred never neglected the hard-edged world of material life and capitalist economy even as he delved deeper into cultural and visual studies. What is incontestable is that this body of work was truly original and distinctive. Not surprisingly some took umbrage at his language – most memorably in a snide review in the New York Times Book Review – but nobody doubted the erudition of his scholarship, the breadth of his analysis, or the willingness to take a chance on escaping the confines of conventional thought and banal didactics.

As his stature within the social sciences grew, the honors followed. He was awarded the Anders Retzius medal by the Swedish Society for Geography and Anthropology (sometimes called Geography’s Nobel Prize) in 1991. He was honored by the Polish Academy of Sciences several years later, and twice by the Association of American Geographers, in 1978 and 2005. He was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2005. For his contributions to Swedish social science, he was awarded the Willy Brandt Professorship in 2001 and an honorary doctorate from Uppsala in 1992. He held visiting appointments at the Écoles des Hautes Etudes and the University of Lund and, earlier in his career, served as a consultant to the Swedish and Australian governments. In recognition of his extraordinary achievements and contributions to campus life at Berkeley, he was made Professor of the Graduate School in 2005.

Always a tireless campaigner for Geography as a field of study, Allan Pred always promoted the importance of space and place in everyday life. Space was, in his view, a sort of foundation stone for all of the human sciences. Seeing, measuring, perceiving and creating space was, Pred wrote, central to the birth of modernity. An internationalist and advocate throughout his career, it was entirely appropriate that the Association of American Geographers awarded special honors to him in 2005 for his “stalwart leadership within the discipline” and “his outstanding intellectual and personal ambassadorship….throughout the international academy”. As he once said, not bad for a kid from the Bronx.

Pred was in every sense a fixture on the Berkeley campus. Arriving in the early days of the Free Speech Movement, he was thrown headlong into the ferment that consumed the decade. He never shied away from support for the students, for free thought, or for the Rights of Man – and woman. A great supporter of women students and colleagues, and a committed advocate of racial equality and affirmative action, he was, above all, a man of the people who never forgot his humble roots. An optimist in matters of human possibility, he nonetheless had few illusions about the workings of power and its corruptions. His favorite cartoon, pinned on the wall of his office through his years as department chair, pictured a baseball boxscore with the Realists scoring a run in every inning and the Utopians shutout until the end. The final score: Utopians 1, Realists 0.

Pred contributed to the Berkeley campus on many institutional fronts – the library, Graduate Council, Scandinavian Studies, tenure and promotion committees, affirmative action, and minority representation among them. He never shirked the thankless committee duties, and his knowledge of university affairs was voluminous. Most importantly, he served as the Chair of the Department of Geography between 1979 and1988 during a critical period of transformation and growth. All departmental Chairs develop their own personals styles. His was chairing by stealth: a remarkable combination of administrative genius, healthy distrust of those in power, a ferocious determination, and a memory like an elephant (many have thought that he would have been a world-class labor negotiator). His wise counsel and sage advice was sought by many around campus. As a colleague his hallmarks were loyalty and honesty, a profound political acumen and a great generosity of spirit. He was a consummate academic citizen.

A dedicated teacher and mentor, Allan Pred’s influence reached across the campus, especially into Anthropology, Literature and Sociology. His graduate seminars – always large, unruly and overpopulated – drew ethnographers, historians, planners, and students of rhetoric and literature. He reveled in the work of graduate advising, and his door was seemingly always open. He became a sort of cult figure for some – the last thing he, of course, wanted to be. A speaker at his retirement colloquium put it well: through his own work – his intellectual restlessness, his fearlessness in tackling the unstated and silenced, his ability to experiment and finds a voice and a style of one’s own– Allan had blazed a path of all of us.

When he was diagnosed with a serious lung cancer, Allan was typically fair-minded and philosophical. He had, he said, lived a blessed life, full to the hilt, doing what he liked best: teaching, learning, living in Berkeley and Sweden. He had no regrets, and came by that as honestly as any man could. It was a life that was fiery and feisty – and always political. His graduation address in 2006 was Allan Pred at full bore: raging against a war machine – a secret geography of terror and intimidation – that drew strength from weak citizenship; he eyed the new graduates and asked, “What do YOU know? The clock is ticking. The train is rolling on”.

Pred is survived by his wife Hjördis a woodworker of Berkeley; a daughter Michele an artist living in Berkeley; and a son Joseph an emergency operations officer and consultant. He also leaves a brother, Ralph, a philosopher living in British Columbia and a sister Suzanne Pred Bass a psychotherapist and Theater Producer living in New York City, as well as two nieces, Emily and Rebecca Bass, and a nephew, Noah Pred. A campus memorial service will be held on January 28th at 2 pm in the Great Hall of The Faculty Club on the Berkeley campus.

Professor Pred's Memorial Service
A campus memorial service will be held on January 28th at 2 pm in the Great Hall of The Faculty Club on the Berkeley campus.
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Professor Pred's Memorial Service Program

A Reflection by Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD '83
Learning about the sudden and most untimely death of Prof. Allan Pred, my doctoral advisor, 1978-1983, is both an unexpected event and very shocking and unbelievable news to every doctoral student Allan had, to our Department, our discipline and Letters and Sciences fields in the US and the World.

A giant of unprecedented proportions is gone. His legacy is eternal.

I am stunned, can't believe, the cause of death: lung cancer. Allan never smoked, biked up hill every day six month of every year, was slimmer than most of us, enjoyed lunch more than most of us and was engaged intensely in research and writing a rather solitary activity which caused him much pleasure and was not a stressful activity since he was a BEST writer, most prolific, published in quality and quantity unmatched proportions compared to most other faculty at UC, Berkeley, just to say that, he did not have pressure from the administration, joined UC in 1962 at 26 years old and was tenured before he was 30 years old!! No publisher ever rejected his books or requested fundamental changes to his writings.

No magic -- we are all mortals -- how can any one predict the risk for dying based on life style, Allan -- the healthiest of all -- died at the age of 70 (1936-2007) from lung cancer as a non-smoker -- for Allan no modification in activities of daily living was recommended!!

Who was Allan for me since 9/1978 and before: A mentor, a teacher, a friend, a well-wisher, a source of encouragement, a critique, a standard setter and a source of plus thirty years of inspiration which started with reading his "Location and Behavior" (1967), while I was a Masters student in Urban Planning at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, 1973 1976.

During these three years, I was a student of Prof. Barry Kibel, who got his PhD in the City Planning Department at UC, Berkeley under Prof. Michael Tietz in Planning and Allan Pred in Georgraphy. Prof. Kibel encouraged me to apply to UC, Berkeley and explore working with Allan Pred. Kibel's recommendation letter was a determinant factor in my initial contact with Allan Pred in 1978.

I was very fondly of Allan, wrote poetry for him as I corrected the draft of my doctoral thesis because of the intense inspiration he provided and the challenging comments he made to my writings. I knew that nothing but very exceptional will be approved, needless to say signed off. Allan's breath of interests included Organizational Behavior Economics. This special reality, enabled me to work on a topic which was very interdisciplinary in nature and to combine Location Theory with this area in Economics, which took off greatly later on, in the late 80s and 90s, chiefly by the work of Prof. Paul Krugman, an entire decade after my thesis was completed.

Allan's guidance all along my graduate studies at Berkeley, yielded a body of research which facilitated my 20 years of a career in the "For-Profit" sector in key industries such as Top tier management consulting (SRI, Int'l), Computer hardware and software (Amdahl Corp), Federal Funded Research and Development Corp (MITRE) and Publishing (McGraw-Hill). Allan's most impact was on my positions in the Top Tier Management Consulting Industry: Stanford Research Institute, SRI, Int'l in Menlo Park, and Monitor Group in Cambridge, MA to where I moved in 1990. Allan has guided me to inquire opportunities at Arthur D. Little in Cambridge, MA and knew all about the management consulting field.

At SRI, my dissertation under Allan Pred was viewed as a ready made body of theory that I can apply to their body on clients in mature industries requiring new conceptualization for revitalization of otherwise stagnant sectors of the economy. It was in the mid 80's when Chemical and Automotive industries needed a new strategy. My research thesis at Berkeley under Allan Pred was ready to provide consulting for SRI clients such as General Motors, DuPont, Alcan and Phone-Poulenc, as I did till late 1988 when I joined Amdahl Corporation n Sunnyvale, CA.

Without him I would not have had the confidence to get my first job in the US at Stanford Research Institute in 1984 and held there the Director title at age 35. I knew he gave me his blessing and should I need to build another theoretical model -- Allan, will accept my phone call from Menlo Park and will continue to instruct me. Without him, I might not have gotten the three teaching assistantships which covered my tuition as a non-California resident for the first three years at UC, Berkeley. Without him my admission at University of Chicago (his own alma mater) might not have been transferred or transferable to UC, Berkeley.

Allan gave me my first chance in the US and following graduation from Berkeley, I took off to conduct applied research in corporate America. The twenty years I worked in this field yielded over sixty technical reports and over 200 invited lectures. Allan knew the details and told me that my career demonstrates the viability of our discipline outside of academe. I had the opportunity to share with him these facts and discuss their impact on corporate decision making.

I met him last in 2000 in San Francisco in the lobby of SF Museum Of Modern Art and walked together to an exhibit in Architecture by the most gifted woman architect in the 20th century -- Ms. Zaha Haddid. Having the chance to look at her exhibit in his company and experiencing many moments when both of us were at owe and amazed by her ingenuity -- made this SF visit the most special afternoon in my entire life. We looked at each other with complete admiration for her accomplishments in computer graphics and concept modeling. He told me, "I planned to go to her exhibit, I am glad, because of you and with you I am here in San Francisco today." We continued to another exhibit on the upper floor on the "WIRED" magazine since its inception. Allan told me that he likes to browse in it once in a while, though does not do it often enough. Having a chance to look at the first five issues issued in the early 80s caused him great joy.

We had an hour of talking over his favorite Cappuccino with all the trimmings in the Museum Cafeteria. He was smiling constantly, asking questions and just continued the Professor-graduate student relations as if twenty years have not gone by. We parted with his bear hug and few e-mails since. In May 2002 when I arrived to Monterey, CA, I e-mailed him that he is invited to visit. He said, another time since I am leaving to Sweden in one week, after I'll return to Berkeley by mid of August 2002.

I met Allan on the memorial for Prof. Vance, the Centennial to the Department and on a talk I gave at the Haas School of Business in 2001 when he came to listen to my talk. In 2002/2003, while living in Monterey on an assignment for McGraw-Hill, I visited the Campus and gave a talk at Berkeley's Center for Globalization and Information Technology, where I meet Dick Walker, he was a discussant, but missed Allan who was on Sabbatical.

I planned to share with Allan my new research on Biomarkers for Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), in particular a forthcoming paper in a Journal called "Cardiovascular Drugs." I waited to have it published to let Allan know -- to his potential amazement -- now it is too late.

Allan, was a person, once you knew him -- you, yourself knew, you are not going to ever forget. For myself, and other doctoral students of him -- Allan is vivid in memory, is eternal like the memory of a loved parent.

Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD '83

Condolences from Nick Jackson
I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss of a wonderful scholar. I am currently working on my dissertation project, comparing how multinational petroleum corporations sustain petroleum exploitation in the Niger Delta of Nigeria, and now in the Doba region of Chad. I have found Professor Pred's work (with Michael Watts) Reworking Modernity particularly useful to my studies in international development, trying to make sense of globalization(s) and modernity(ies) as realities lived out every day in rural areas of less-industrialized countries.

All the best,

Nick Jackson
University of Denver

Condolences from Kristin Nelson
Feb. 9, 2007

I feel so sad that Allan is gone, and it is very hard to believe. To me he seemed always youthful, I think because of the way he enjoyed life and found it always newly-fascinating. I’m not sure I’ve ever met a person who so respected reason while being so uninterested in the usual intellectual categories and boxes. He loved the play of ideas, and so recognized and encouraged that kind of creativity in all of his students. He was blind to supposedly defining gender and ethnic divisions, alive to good argument and emancipatory urges. To me he was tireless in support, gracious and understanding in rough times. I owe more than I can say to Allan, both as mentor and colleague, as I do to the entire Berkeley Geography department that grew around him. Like all of you, I hate to say goodbye.

Kristin Nelson
Assistant Professor of Cognitive Psychology
McDaniel College
2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157-4390

Condolences from Andy Jonas
I want to pass on my condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and former students of Allan Pred, who in my view was one of the key figures behind the sociospatial 'turn' in human geography in latter part of the twentieth century. Even though I was not one of Allan's students, his engaging and detailed approach to the study of people and places was a strong influence on my development into a 'critical' human geographer whilst a graduate student at the Ohio State University in the 1980s. Indeed, I vividly remember the occasion when Allan visited the Ohio State geography department and gave a fascinating talk about his work on the development and transformation of the Swedish rural landscape. He is a great loss to the discipline ... thankfully his intellectual legacy will live on. I was genuinely saddened to learn of his death.

Andy Jonas, Geography, University of Hull (England)

Professor Pred's Dissertation Committees
1968 – 2006


1. J. Richard Peet, “The Spatial Expansion of Commercial Agriculture in the Nineteenth Century: a Theoretical Analysis of British Import Zones and the Movement of Farming into the Interior United States” (1968)

2. Robert James Claus, “The Spatial Dynamics of a Population of Gasoline Service Stations, Santa Clara County” (1969)

3. Paul A. Groves, “The Intrametroplitan Location of Manufacturing in the San Francisco Bay Area” (1969)

4. Gerald Walker, “Rural Settlement in the Far West, 1850-1880--Sonoma County” (1970)

5. Glenn George, “Spatial Diffusion: An Intra-urban Case Study” (1972)

6. Robert Elgie, “Racial Inequality Within a Socio-Spatial System: the Southeastern U.S., 1950-1970” (1976)

7. Valerie Herr, “Economic Growth and Population Relocation: the Determinants of Settlement Evolution in Northern Spain, 1860-1900” (1977)

8. Roger Miller, “A Time-Geographic Assessment of the Impact of Horsecar Transportation on Suburban Non-Heads-of-Household in Philadelphia, 1850-1860” (1979)

9. Jaime Kooser, “Regulation and System Interdependence: Effects of the Siting of California Electrical Energy Facilities” (1981)

10. Susan Christopherson, “Family and Class in a New Industrial City” (1983)

11. Aviva Lev-Ari, “Corporate Growth and Locational Interdependence: Observations on the Production, Location, Merger Activity and Organizational Structure of American Paper Companies” (1983)

12. Tisna Veldhuyzen van Zanten, “Migration and Household Reproduction. A Study among the Bissa of Burkina Fasso” (1986)

13. Marjorie Dobkin, “Biography Formation and Daily Life in a Frontier City: The Joint Constitution of Society and Subjects in San Francisco, 1848-1858” (1988)

14. Mary McDonald, “Displacing Rice: Factories in the Fields of Farm Power in Tohoku, Japan” (1990)

15. James Proctor, “The Owl, the Forest, and the Trees: Eco-Ideological Conflict in the Pacific Northwest” (1992)

16. Katharyne Mitchell, “Facing Capital: Cultural Politics in Vancouver” (1993)

17. Elizabeth Vasile, “The Greening of Tunis: Ghettoization and the Prosaics of Piety” (1995)

18. Eric Hirsch, “Pure Sources, Pure Souls: Folk Music and Folk Movements in Hungary in the 1930s” (1995)

19. Susan Pomeroy, “Gendered Places, Virtual Spaces: A Feminist Geography of Cyberspace” (1996)

20. Mark O’Malley, “Nature and the Body Politic: Hygiene and Ideology in Fin-de-Siecle Berlin” (1997)

21. Jennifer Jones, “Unnatural Developments: Gendered Spaces and Childbirth Places in the Dominican Republic” (1998)

22. Heather Merrill, “Speaking Subjects: Remaking Feminism and Race in the New Migrant Europe” (1999)

23. James Patrick Freeman, “Face to Face but Worlds Apart : The Geography of Class in the Public Space of Rio de Janeiro” (2002)

24. Rebecca Dolhinow, “Borderlands Justice: Women’s Community Activism in the Colonias of Dona Aña County, New Mexico” (2003)

Second/Third Reader
1. Kenneth Jordan, “The Geography of Consumer Economics Among Black Americans in Oakland: A Cultural-Behavioral Perspective” (1977)

2. Lawrence Burns (Transportation Engineering), “A Methodological Study of the Transportation, Temporal, and Spatial Components of Accessibility”

3. Curtis Henry, “The Spatial Interaction of Black Families in Suburban Cities in the Bay Area: a Study of Black Subsystem Linkages” (1978)

4. Chris Exline, “The Impacts of Growth Control Legislation on Two Suburban Communities: Marin and Sonoma Counties, California” (1978)

5. Elspeth Lochhead, “The Emergence of Academic Geography in Britain in its Historical Context” (1980)

6. Michael Storper, “The Spatial Division of Labor: Technology, the Labor Process, and the Location of Industries” (1982)

7. Paul Groth, “The Evolution and Exclusion of Hotels, Boarding Houses, and Rooming Houses in American Cities, 1880-1930” (1983)

8. Michael Heiman, “Regional Planning and Land Use Reform for Conservation and Development in New York State” (1983)

9. Ricardo Farret (City and Regional Planning), “Changing Residential Structure in a Planned City: The Case of Brasilia” (1983)

10. Hyung-Kook Kim City and Regional Planning), “The Spatial-Temporal Pattern of Personal Contact in the Office Sector: The Case of Seoul (Korea)” (1983)

11. Kristin L. Nelson, “Back Offices and Female Labor Markets: Office Suburbanization in the San Francisco Bay Area” (1984)

12. Sandra Lin Marburg, “Man’s Role, Woman’s Place: Images of Women in Human Geography” (1984)

13. Douglas Greenberg, “Growth and Conflict at the Suburban Fringe: The Case of the Livermore-Amador Valley, California” (1986)

14. Alan Richard Bender, “Flying on the ‘Cheap’: The Morphogenesis of Affordable Airline Transportation in America” (1986)

15. Mary Beth Pudup, “Land before Coal: Class and Regional Development in Southeast Kentucky” (1987)

16. Jack Brittain (Business Administration), “Environmental Change and Organization Selection in Semiconductor Manufacturing” (1989)

17. Lucy Jarosz, “Rice on Shares: Agrarian Change and the Development of Sharecropping in Alaotra, Madagascar” (1990)

18. Kären Wigen, “Regional Inversions: The Spatial Contours of Economic Change in the southern Japanese Alps, 1750-1920” (1990)

19. Robert Argenbright, “The Russian Railroad System and the Founding of the Communist State: 1917-1922” (1990)

20. Donna Stevenson (GTU), “The Vision of Transformation: The Territorial Rhetoric of Ezekiel 40-48” (1992)

21. George Henderson, “Regions and Realism: Social Space, Regional Transformation, and the Novel in California, 1882-1924” (1992)

22. Brian Page, “Agro-Industrialization and Rural Transformation: The Restructuring of Midwestern Meat Production” (1993)

23. Doug Mackaman (History), “Doctoring on Vacation: Medicine and Culture at the Spas of Nineteenth-Century France” (1993)

24. Tad Mutersbaugh, “Cooperatives, Households and the Village Commune: Time-Geographies of Cooperative Production in an Oaxacan Village” (1994)

25. Marie Fuller (Anthropology), “Colonizing Constructions: Italian Architecture, Urban Planning, and the Creation of Modern Society in the Colonies, 1869-1943” (1994)

26. Martin David Olson (Wildland Resource Science), “The Spirits of Vaoto: Changing Political Authority, Ideology, and Environmental Practice in Samoa” (1995)

27. Elizabeth Vasile, “The Greening of Tunis: Ghettoization and the Prosaics of Piety” (1995)

28. Eric Hirsch, “Pure Sources, Pure Souls; Folk Music and Folk Movements in Hungary in the 1930s” (1995)

29. Mirjana Stevanovic (Anthropology), “The Age of Clay: The Social Dynamics of House Destruction” (1996)

30. Michelle Cochrane, “The Social Construction of Knowledge(s) on HIV and AIDS: With a Case Study of the History and Practices of AIDS Surveillance Activities in San Francisco” (1997)

31. Haejeong Hahn (History), “Street Picturesque: Advertising in Paris, 1830-1914” (1997)

32. Ayfer Bartu (Anthropology): “Reading the Past: The Politics of Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Istanbul” (1997)

33. Barbara Walker, “Sisterhood and Seine-Nets: Engendering the Development, Science, and Conservation of Ghana’s Marine Fishery” (1998)

34. Amy Jeanette Ross, “The Body of the Truth: Negotiated Transitions and Truth Commissions in Guatemala and South Africa” (1999)

35. William J. Glover (Architecture), “Making Lahore Modern: Urban Form and Social Practice in Colonial Punjab, ca 1849-1920” (1999)

36. Victoria Randlett, “Atomic Oasis: Las Vegas in its Golden Age, 1946-1958” (1999)

37. William Mazzarella (Anthropology), “Shovelling Smoke: The Production of Advertising and the Cultural Politics of Globalization in Contemporary India” (2000)

38. Shawn S. Parkhurst (Cultural Studies, Political Economy, and Spatial Analysis), “The Region in the Village: An Ethnography of the Local Production of Regionality in the Alto Douro Region of Northern Portugal” (2000)

39. Marta Gutman (Architecture), “On the Ground in Oakland: Women and Institution Building in an Industrial City” (2000)

40. Rodney Benson (Sociology), “Shaping the Public Sphere: Journalistic Fields and Immigration Debates in the United States and France” (2000)

41. Lisa Hoffman (Anthropology), “The Art of Becoming an Urban Professional: The State, Gender and Subject Formation in “Late-Socialist” China” (2000)

42. Desiree Pointer (Education), “Constructing Bilingualism: Weaving a Tapestry of Language in an English-Instruction Classroom” (2001)

43. Andrea Zemgulys (English), “Writers’ Blocks: London, Modernism, and the Place of the Literary” (2001)

44. Nancy Postero (Anthropology), “Suburban Indians: Constructing Indigenous Identity and Citizenship in Lowland Bolivia” (2001)

45. Andrea Davies (Anthropology), “From Rhodesian to Zimbabwean and Back: White Identity in an African Context” (2001)

46. Julio Cammarota (Education), “First Jobs: The Perceptions and Experiences of Work for Latino Youth” (2001)

47. Sibel Zandi-Sayek (Architecture), “Public Space and Urban Citizens: Ottoman Izmir in the Remaking, 1840-1890” (2001)

48. Victoria C. Belco (History), “After War and Massacre: Reconstructing Society in Central Italy, 1944-1941” (2001)

49. Caroline Desbiens (Geography, University of British Columbia), “Power from the North: The Poetics and Politics of Energy in Quebec” (2002)

50. Jon Kosek (Geography), “The Political Life of Forests in Northern New Mexico” (2002)

51. Anne Keary (History), “Comparing Cross-Cultural Histories: Christianity, Translation and Colonialism in Eastern Australia and Northwestern America” (2002)

52. Damani James Partridge (Anthropology), “Making Un-German Bodies: Citizenship, Nationalism, and Technologies of Exclusion after the Berlin Wall” (2003)

53. Jeanne Lopiparo, (Anthropology), “Household Ceramic Production and the Crafting of Society in the Terminal Classic Ulua Valley, Honduras” (2003)

54. Anna Westerståhl Stenport (Comp Lit), “Making Space: Stockholm, Paris and the Urban Prose of Strindberg and His Contemporaries” (2004)

55. Michael Coleman (Scandinavian Lit), “Jenny Lind and the Emergence of International Spectacle” (2005)

56. Brigid Gaffikin (Scandinavian Lit), “Fiction and Materiality in Hans Christian Andersen’s Travel Writing” (2005)

57. Jessica Zacher (Education), “’It's Not the Color of Their Skin’: Identity Politics, Literacy Practices, and Multicultural Curricula in an Urban Fifth-Grade Classroom,” (2005)

58. Jenna Loyd, “Freedom’s Body: Radical Health Activism in Los Angeles, 1963 to 1978” (2005)

59. Cary Karacas, “Tokyo From the Fire: War, Occupation, and the Remaking of a Metropolis” (2006)

Professor Pred's Curriculum Vitae

Allan Pred

Department of Geography
507 McCone Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-4740
(510) 642-3987


A.B. Antioch College, 1957 (first in class)
M.S. The Pennsylvania State University, 1959
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1962
Ph.D. (Honoris causa) Uppsala University (Sweden), 1992


Faculty member University of California, Berkeley, 1962 to present

1962-67 Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
1967-71 Associate Professor, Department of Geography and 50% time member of Institute of Urban and Regional Development (1967-69, 1/74-1/76)
1971- Professor of Geography
1971-72 Visiting Professor, Department of Social and Economic Geography, Lund University, and Director, University of California Education Abroad Program at Lund University
1984 Visiting Professor, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) [May]


Member and Chairman of Association of American Geographers Commission on Geography and Afro-America, 1967-70

Member of Editorial Board, Economic Geography, 1970-89

Member of Editorial Board, Historical Methods Newsletter, 1973-82

Member of Editorial Board, Systemi Urbani (now Urban Systems), (Italy) 1977-

Member of Editorial Board, Society and Space, 1982-1995, 1999-2004

Member of Editorial Board, Urbanism Past and Present, 1974-

Member of Editorial Board, Historisk Tidskrift, 1994-

Member of Editorial Board, Ecumene (now Cultural Geographies), 1999-

President, Regional Science Association, 1983-84


N.A.S.-N.R.C. supported research in Sweden, 1960-61

Social Science Research Council Research Fellowship, 1961-62

N.S.F. supported research in Sweden, 1966-67

Principal Investigator for N.I.H. grant to supervise graduate student (Valerie Herr) study of economic change and population, 1971-73

N.S.F. grant GS-41378, “Metropolitan Interdependence and City-System Development.” $80,000 for period 1/74-1/76. (Largest N.S.F. grant to a geographer during 1974.)

N.S.F. research grant, approximately $94,000, for project entitled “The Time-Geographic Assessment of Innovation Impacts,” 1980-81

N.S.F. research grant, $37,982, for project “Urban Growth, Daily Life and Biography Formation: Stockholm 1880-1910,” 1984-86

NSF Grant No. 9900910 ($9,900) for Direction of Dissertation Research, 1999-2000.


Departmental Chairman, March 1979 to January 1988.

Member Chancellor’s Committee on International Education

Chairman, temporary subcommittee of Committee on International Education on U.C. Berkeley-Ghana Program. Author of report submitted to Chancellor’s Office.

Delegate to Representative Assembly, 1974-75.

College of Letters and Science representative to College of Natural Resources.

Graduate Advisor and Chairman of Departmental Admissions Committee, 1/74-? and 1977-79.

Departmental Affirmative Action Representative

Senate Library Committee, Fall 1978-Spring 1980.

Chancellor’s Advisory Committee to I.G.S., 1977-79.

Institute of Urban and Regional Development Executive Committee, January 1979 to present.

L&S Review Committee, Social Sciences Field Major, 1977-78.

Graduate Council, Fall 1982-Spring 1985.

Joint L&S and Graduate Division committee to review Department of Sociology, 1987-88.

Committee on Academic Planning and Resource Allocation, Spring 1998- Spring 2001.

Enrolment Expansion Committee (Campus administrative committee) Spring 2000-Spring 2001.

Advisory Committee for the Institute for the Study of Social Change, Chair

Beatrice M. Bain Research Group Advisory board

Departmental Planning and Academic Affairs Committee, Chair, 1998-

Department Library Representative

Graduate Division Fulbright Selection Committee, Fall 2003 and Fall 2005

Interviewed Regents’ and Chancellors’ Scholarship candidates for Academic Senate Committee on Undergraduate Fellowships, Spring 2004

remainder under next heading

Opening address annual meetings Association of American Geographers, 1966.

At least 50 invited lectures or lecture series at leading geography departments in the U.S. and Canada as of late 1970’s.

Public Service: named to three-man “academic advisory board,” served in an advisory capacity with respect to evaluative studies of a multi-million dollar federal project eventually to result in a community of 200 homes for households with physically disabled members (in Mount Shasta-Weed area).

* Honors Award - 1978, given by Association of American Geographers “for original scholarship in the fields of urban, economic and historical geography, and for contributions to the specialized study of city systems.” Citation also noted that “Pred has compiled an extraordinarily impressive record of publications that would be the envy of most geographers after careers more than twice as long.”

Defeated candidate, 1978, for Vice President, Association of American Geographers (Vice President becomes President subsequent year).

Invited to contribute autobiographical articles both to a special issue of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the AAG, and to England for a book on developments in geography during the 1950s and 1960s.

Visiting Distinguished Professor in Geography, University of Washington, 6 lectures, seminars, public address, February, 1979.

Association of American Geographers Project Development Committee, 1977-79.

Association of American Geographers - Honors Committee for 1979.

Declined opportunity to become editor of the discipline’s leading U.S. journal, the Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

items of especial distinction indicated by *

* Various writings translated into Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Polish, Russian and Japanese.

Work on city systems, innovation diffusion, time-geography and social theory previously has led to invitations to give seminars and talks at one time or another in departments of economics, history, sociology, city planning, and anthropology. During 1979 delivered seminars at the Department of Sociology, Stanford University, and the Department of City Planning, Princeton University. Also gave public lecture at Syracuse University in conjunction with 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Maxwell School of Public Affairs (1977).

Invited lectures in Lund, Uppsala, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Aarhus, 1971-72.

Consultant to Philadelphia Social History Project (1977) along with Charles Tilly and Eric Lampard. Preparation of unpublished report: “Time-Geography and the Philadelphia Social History Project.”

Invited by urban historians to participate in symposium this past September at the University of Connecticut on “The Dynamics of Modern Industrial Cities,” 1978.

Invited by Swedish government to prepare report evaluating planning-oriented geographic research supported by Swedish government. See monograph in bibliography (1974a).

As result of book (1973b) invited to participate in three different sessions of annual meetings of American Historical Association. Unable to attend.

Film based on writings (book 1966) pertaining to U.S. urban growth prepared by B.B.C. for the “Open University.” 1973.

Opening Address, Regional Science Association Meeting, 1974

Mathematical Social Sciences Board, Central Place Theory Symposium, 1974.

Conference of Scandinavian Geographers, Grena, Denmark, 1974.

As result of book (1973b) invited to participate in three different sessions of annual meetings of American Historical Association. Unable to attend.

Guest lectures: Stockholm, Lund, Umea, Uppsala, Gothenburg and Helsinki; and Schools of Economics in Stockholm, Helsinki and Vienna, 1975-76. In addition had to cancel planned tour of British universities because of Nobel Symposium on the International Allocation of Economic Activity, June 1976.

* Paper delivered at Nobel Symposium on “The International Allocation of Economic Activity,” June, 1976. This was the first of annual Nobel Symposia to deal with a topic outside the physical and biological sciences. Article in book based on Nobel Symposium in Economics.

* Advisor to Australian Ministry of Urban and Regional Development, three weeks, Spring 1975.

Invitation to Paris from group of French historians (Maison des Sciences de l’Homme and Charles Tilly) to organize an international urban history project. Unable to attend due to delayed receipt of invitation, 1976.

Delivery of two seminars (March, 1976) on city systems and regional development for group of international scholars at International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Largely funded by U.S. and Soviet academies of science in Laxenburg, Austria).

Similar seminars delivered to officials of Swedish Ministry of Labor, 1976.

* Preparation of informal report on Swedish service-location policies for municipality of Paris, 1977.

* Offered, but did not accept, honorary University Professorship at University of Gothenburg (Sweden).

* Interviewed on several occasions for consulting 1995, 291 pp. Swedish Ministry of Labor and Swedish Ministry of Finance.

Delivered paper at international symposium on creativity (Sigtuna, Sweden, July, 1978). Other participants were philosophers and social scientists.

Invited to give another series of seminars during 1980 at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (Austria).

Delivered invited lectures and seminars at University of British Columbia, Queens University, and University of Victoria, 1/77-12/79.

* Designated President-elect (1982-83) and President (1983-84) of the Regional Science Association, an international organization of urban and regional economists, geographers, and city planners.

* Honored guest of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Lectures and seminars in Warsaw and Poznan, November 1980.

Invited guest lectures and seminars for one week at Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. During same visit to England in April, 1981, gave joint seminar for departments of geography at University College (University of London) and the London School of Economics as well as lectures at University of Bristol and University of Sheffield.

Invited to participate in a special issue of the Oxford-based Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior. Other scholars invited to write on the theory of structuration included some of Britain’s leading social theorists and philosophers, 1982.

Invited to serve as distinguished visiting Professor of Geography, University of Canterbury (New Zealand) for July-August, 1983. Unable to accept due to prior commitments in Sweden.

One of fourteen participants in symposium on “A Search for Common Ground--Philosophical Issues in Contemporary Geography.” Held under the auspices of the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy, 1981.

Named to editorial board of Society and Space, a new international journal published in England. (Continue on editorial boards of Economic Geography, Urbanism Past and Present, Systemi Urbani.), 1982.

Seminars and lectures at eight different graduate institutions in Sweden, 1980-81.

In addition to seminars and lectures at geography departments, spoke at Harvard (interdisciplinary group at Kennedy School), Princeton (Department of City and Regional Planning), Minnesota (History), and Queens College, City University of New York (Sociology), 1981.

Organized inter-campus, interdisciplinary symposium on “Social Theory and Space,” held at Asilomar, November 1984.

Guggenheim Lecture (Public Lecture), University of Colorado, Spring 1984.

Salisbury Lecture, University of Chicago, Fall 1983.

Postdoctoral students from Malaysia and Greece (1981-82), as well as from Israel and Sweden (1982-83), and Italy (1986-87).

Plenary address to Nordic Human Ecology Association (Lund,Sweden, September, 1980).

Interdisciplinary symposium on Knowledge and Understanding (Stockholm, June, 1981).

International Geographical Union symposium on city systems (Lund, June, 1981).

* Écoles des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris), Visiting Professor, Spring 1984.

Visiting lectures Oslo, Bergen, Trondhiem, Fall 1985.

Presidential Address, Regional Science Association, November, 1984.

Public Lecture, Ohio State University, marking honorary doctorate for Professor Torsten Hägerstrand, June, 1985.

At least 12 guest lectures in Sweden--departments of Anthropology, Sociology, Planning, as well as Geography, 1985-86.

* Offered Einstein Visiting Fellowship 1986 in the Humanities (Israeli Academy of Sciences), unable to accept because of other commitments.

Symposium participant (Cambridge University), “Ideology in Context,” December 9-15, 1985.

International symposium on Innovation Diffusion, Venice, Italy, March 18-21, 1986.

International symposium on Social Theory (Uppsala), April 18-20, 1986.

* Approached by Harvard regarding a joint chair at the Kennedy School and the School of Design, July, 1986.

Commentator at opening session of Economic History Association (session comprised of papers based on my books regarding the historical development of urban systems), September, 1987.

Seminar presentations at Institute for Advanced Studies (Princeton), New School for Social Research, and Pennsylvania State University, Nov. 3-6, 1987.

* Approached by New York University regarding a Henry Luce chair, January, 1988.

* Approached by Dartmouth University regarding a personal chair, November 1988.

* Public address, University of Minnesota, May, 1989 (Third in History and Society series. Previous speakers E.P. Thompson and James C. Scott).

* Named a visiting fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences (in Uppsala), accepted for Jan.-Dec., 1991.

* Anders Retzius gold medal from the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography” (highest international distinction available to a geographer), 1991.

* Named fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford), 1992 (not as yet served).

* Honorary doctorate, honoris causa, from Uppsala University, Sweden, June 1992

Plenary lectures at conferences held at Rosenö and Uppsala, Sweden and Bologna, Italy, as well as at symposium organized by the Swedish Academy of Sciences in conjunction with receipt of the Anders Retzius medal, 1991

Invited seminars in geography, anthropology and history of ideas at universities in Stockholm, Uppsala, Lund, Umeå, Helsinki and Copenahgen, 1991

Invited lectures at Uppsala University and conference held in Lugano, Switzerland, 1992

Outside reviewer of factulty promotions at Uppsala University, 1992-3

Outside reviewer of the Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, 1993

Invited paper and session organizer at Western Humanities Conference on “Remapping Cultural Space: The New Geographies”, Standord, 1993

Program Chair for 1994 Association of American Geographers Meeting held in San Francisco- largest international (or national) meeting of geographers ever held- 4500+ participants, 1993-94

* Invited for one week of lectures and seminars as “distinguished visiting professor in geography,” Cambridge University, 1994

Plenary speaker, international conference on “International Exhibitions and National Identity,” Oslo, 1994

Invited lectures and seminars at University of Oslo (Anthropology, Technology and Culture, Geography), and Uppsala University, 1994

Outside evaluator of faculty promotions, Uppsala University and Stockholm School of Economics; consultant on faculty appointment and promotion policies, Stockholm School of Economics, 1994

Co-organizer, Center for Western European Studies Conference on Family Policy and Equality in Scandinavia, 1994

Sole “opponent” at public dissertation defenses- Uppsala University (History of Ideas) and University of Gothenburg (Geography), 1994

Invited presentations at symposia held in Sicily and Stockholm, 1995

Invited lectures and seminars at Uppsala University, University of Stockholm and University of Örebro, 1995

* Turned down possibility to become editor of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, the profession’s leading journal, 1995

Invited lectures and seminars at Uppsala University, Stockholm School of Economics and University of Washington, 1996

Invited lectures and seminars at Cambridge University, Bristol University, Edinburgh University, University of Glasgow, Sheffield University, Open University, Uppsala University, Lund University, Stockholm School of Economics, Karlstad College (Sweden), and the European University (Florence), 1997

Named Centennial Fellow, The Pennsylvania State University, 1997.

Invited plenary conference presentations in Wales, England, Sweden, Germany, 1998.

Invited lectures, seminars and plenary conference presentations at Swedish Center for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Gothenberg School of Economics and Turke, Finland. Half-day seminar for municipal government officials, suburban Stockholm, 1998.

Invited seminars and public lectures at University of Washington, Uppsala University, Stockholm University, 1999

Invited seminars and public lectures at University of Washington, Lund University, Stockholm University, 2000

*Willy Brandt Professorship (honorary one-year visiting appointment to deliver mini-courses and seminars at various Swedish universities on racism in Sweden
[declined]) 2001

Invited seminars and public lectures at Pomona College, Stockholm University, 2001

Invited plenary conference presentations in Stockholm, Barcelona, and Seattle (declined owing to wife's illness). Seminars held for members of Sweden's Ministry of Integration and local government officials. Public lecture University of Stockholm. 2002

Invited seminars and lectures University of Georgia, Uppsala University, 2003

* Lifetime Achievement Honors Award — Association of American Geographers, 2005

* Elected Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, 2005

Invited lectures: Oxford University, University of Durham, Dartmouth, Stockholm University, Uppsala University, University of Lund, Gothenburg (Goteborg) University, Karlstad University, University of Umeå, spring 2005

Keynote speaker, UN Day Against Racism, March 27, 2005 (Stockholm)


Association of American Geographers
Regional Science Association
Regional Studies Association
American Anthropological Association


Books and Monographs:

1961 Central Place Studies: A Bibliography of Theory and Applications. (with Brian J.L. Berry) Philadelphia: Bibliography Series No. 1, Regional Science Research Institute, 1961, 153 pp. 2nd ed., revised, 1965.

1962 The External Relations of Cities during “Industrial Revolution,” with a Case Study of Göteborg, Sweden: 1860-1890. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 113 pp. (Department of Geography Research Paper No. 76 and N.A.S.-N.R.C. Foreign Field Research Report No. 14).

1966 The Spatial Dynamics of U.S. Urban-Industrial Growth, 1800-1914: Theoretical and Interpretive Essays. M.I.T. Press, 225 pp. Translated into Italian.

1967 Behavior and Location: Foundations for a Geographical and Dynamic Location Theory, Part I. (Lund Studies in Geography, Ser. B. Human Geography, No. 27, 130 pp.)

1968 Postscript and Translation of Torsten Hägerstrand’s Innovation Diffusion as a Spatial Process. University of Chicago Press, 340 pp.

1969 Behavior and Location: Foundations for a Geographical and Dynamic Location Theory, Part II. (Lund Studies in Geography, Ser. B. Human Geography, No. 29, 152 pp.)

1973 Urban Growth and the Circulation of Information: The United States System of Cities, 1790-1840. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 360 pp.

1973 The Growth and Development of Systems of Cities in Advanced Economies. In: Allan R. Pred and Gunnar E. Törnqvist, Systems of Cities and Information Flows: Two Essays (Lund Studies in Geography, Ser. B. Human Geography, No. 38, 1-82 pp.)

1973 “Urbanization, Domestic Planning Problems and Swedish Geographic Research.” Progress in Geography, Vol. 5, pp. 1-76. Reprinted in Polish, 1974, by the Polish Academy of Science.

1974 An Evaluation and Summary of Human Geography Research Projects Funded by Statens Rad för Samhällsforskning. 1974, 66 pp. (Mimeographed for circulation among Swedish government agencies.)

1974 Major Job-Providing Organizations and Systems of Cities. Association of American Geographers, Commission on College Geography, Resource Paper No. 27.

1977 City-Systems in Advanced Economies: Past Growth, Present Processes, and Future Development Options. London: Hutchinson University Library, 256 pp. Translated into Portuguese.

1977 Planning-Related Geographic Research in Sweden. (Guest Editor entire April issue of Economic Geography.)

1980 Urban Growth and City-systems in the United States, 1840-1860. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

1981 Editor of Space and Time in Geography: Essays Dedicated to Torsten Hägerstrand. Lund: CWK Gleerup.

1986 Practice, Place and Structure: Social and Spatial Transformation in Southern Sweden, 1750-1850. Cambridge, Eng.: Polity Press [Basil Blackwell].

1990 Lost Words and Lost Worlds: Modernity and Everyday Language in Late-Nineteenth Century Stockholm. Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press.

1990 Making Histories and Constructing Human Geographies: Essays on the Local Transformation of Practice, Power Relations and Consciousness. Boulder: Westview Press.

1992 Reworking Modernity: Capitalisms and Symbolic Discontent (with Michael Watts) New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.

1995 Recognizing European Modernities: A Montage of the Present. London and New York: Routledge.

2000 Even in Sweden: Racisms, Racialized Spaces, and the Popular Geographical Imagination. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

2004 The Past is Not Dead: (F)acts, Fictions and Enduring Racial Stereotypes. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (forthcoming)

2006 Spaces of Terror and Violence, co-edited with Derek Gregory, in press (Routledge)


1963 “Business Thoroughfares as Expressions of Urban Negro Culture.” Economic Geography, Vol. 39 (July), pp. 217-233.

1964 “Toward a Typology of Manufacturing Flows.” The Geographical Review, Vol. 54 (January), pp. 65-84.

1964 “The Intrametropolitan Location of American Manufacturing.” Annals, Association of American Geographers, Vol. 54, No. 2, (June), pp. 165-180.

1965 “The Esthetic Slum.” Landscape, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Autumn), pp. 16-18.

1965 “The Concentration of High-Value-Added Manufacturing.” Economic Geography, Vol. 40, No. 4 (January), pp. 108-132.

1965 “Industrialization, Initial Advantage, and American Metropolitan Growth.” Geographical Review, Vol. 55, No. 2 (April), pp. 158-185. Excerpts reprinted in Ekistics, Vol. 20, No. 118 (September, 1965), pp. 125-131.

1966 “Manufacturing in the American Mercantile City: 1800-1840.” Annals, Association of American Geographers, Vol. 56, No. 2 (June), pp. 307-338.

1966 “Some Locational Relationships between Industrial Inventions, Industrial Innovations, and Urban Growth.” East Lakes Geographer, Vol. 2 (August), pp. 45-70.

1967 “Impromptu Impressions and Reactions.” (to proceedings of book title) Urban Core and Inner City: Proceedings of the International Study Week Amsterdam, 11-17 September, 1966. Leiden, E.J. Brill, pp. 542-549.

1967 “Industrialization and Urbanization as Interacting Spatial Processes: Examples from the American Experience.” In: Saul B. Cohen (ed.), Problems and Trends in American Geography. New York: Basic Books, pp. 26-36. 1968 paperback edition under “Geography and the American Environment,” (Voice of America Forum Series), pp. 28-39.

1968 Walter Christaller’s Die Zentralen Orte in Suddeutschland--Abstract of Theoretical Parts (with Brian J.L. Berry). (Reprint of previously published material in Readings in Economic Geography: The Location of Economic Activity.) Rand McNally and Company, Spring 1968, pp. 158-172.

1970 “An Application of Gaming Simulation to a General Model of Economic Locational Processes.” Economic Geography, Vol. 46, pp. 135-156.

1971 “Large-City Interdependence and the Preelectronic Diffusion of Innovations in the U.S.” Geographical Analysis, Vol. 3, pp. 165-181. Reprinted in Leo F. Schnore (ed.), The New Urban History: Quantitative Explorations by American Historians. Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp. 51-74.

1972 “Urban Systems Development and the Long-Distance Flow of Information through Preelectronic U.S. Newspapers.” Economic Geography, Vol. 47, pp. 498-524.

1974 “Industry, Information and City-System Interdependencies.” In: Ian Hamilton (ed.), Spatial Perspectives of Industrial Organization and Decision-Making. John Wiley, pp. 105-139.

1974 “A Time-Geographic Perspective on Problems of Inequality for Women.” (with Risa Palm) Berkeley: University of California, Institute of Urban and Regional Development Working Paper No. 236, 40 pp.

1975 “Growth Transmission within the Australian System of Cities: General Observations and Study Recommendations.” Cities Commission Occasional Paper No. 3. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service, pp. 30-55.

1975b “Diffusion, Organizational Spatial Structure, and City-system Development.” Economic Geography, Vol. 51, pp. 252-268.

1975c “On the Spatial Structure of Organizations and the Complexity of Metropolitan Interdependence,” Papers of the Regional Science Association, 35, pp. 115-142.

1976 “The Interurban Transmission of Growth in Advanced Economies: Empirical Findings versus Regional-Planning Assumptions,” Regional Studies, 10, pp. 151-171.

1977a “The Location of Economic Activity since the Early Nineteenth Century: A City-Systems Perspective,” in Bertil Ohlin (ed.), Proceedings of the Nobel Symposium on the International Allocation of Economic Activity, (London: Macmillan) pp. 127-147.

1977b “The Choreography of Existence: Comments on Hägerstrand’s Time-Geography and Its Usefulness,” Economic Geography, Vol. 53, pp. 207-221.

1978 “The Impact of Technological and Institutional Innovations of Life Content: Some Time-Geographic Observations,” Geographical Analysis, 10, pp. 345-372.

1979 “The Academic Past Through a Time-Geographic Looking Glass,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 69, pp. 175-180.

1981a “Of Paths and Projects: Individual Behavior and Its Societal Context,” in Reginald Golledge and Kevin Cox (eds.), Behavioral Geography Revisited. London: Methuen, 31 pp.

1981b “Power, Everyday Practice and the Discipline of Human Geography,” in Pred (ed.), Space and Time in Geography (see above), pp. 30-55.

1981c “Production, Family, and ‘Free-Time’ Projects: A Time-Geographic Perspective on the Individual and Societal Change in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Cities,” Journal of Historical Geography, Vol. 7, pp. 3-36.

1981d “Social Reproduction and the Time-Geography of Everyday Life,” Geografiska Annaler, Vol. 63B, pp. 5-22. Also in slightly revised form in Peter Gould and Gunnar Olsson (eds.), A Search for Common Ground. London: Pion, 1982.

1981e (with Nigel Thrift) “Time-Geography: A New Beginning,” Progress in Human Geography, Vol. 5, pp. 277-286.

1982 “O Modelo ‘Temporo-Geografico’ da Sociedade, de Hägerstrand,” in Antonio Christofoletti (ed.), Perspectivas da Geografia (São Paulo: DIFEL, 1982), pp. 299-318. [Translated from a 1973 article]

1983 “Structuration and Place: On the Becoming of Sense of Place and Structure of Feeling,” Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, Vol. 13, pp. 45-68.

1984a “Place as Historically Contingent Process, Structuration and the Time-Geography of Becoming Places,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers, pp. 279-297.

1984b “Structuration, Biography Formation, and Knowledge: Observations on Port Growth During the Late Mercantile Period,” Society and Space, 2, pp. 251-275.

1984c “From Here and Now to There and Then: Some Notes on Diffusions, Defusions and Disillusions,” in Mark Billinge, et al. (eds.), Recollections of a Revolution: Geography as Spatial Science (London: Macmillan), pp. 86-103.

1985a “The Social Becomes the Spatial, the Spatial Becomes the Social--Enclosures, Social Change and the Becoming of Places in the Swedish Province of Skåne,” in Derek Gregory and John Urry (eds.), Social Relations and Spatial Structures, (London: Macmillan), 337-365.

1985b “Interpenetrating Processes: Human Agency and the Becoming of Regional Spatial and Social Structures,” Presidential Address in Papers of the Regional Science Association, 57, pp. 7-17.

1985c (with Ralph Pred) “The New Naturalism: A Critique of Order Out of Chaos,” Society and Space, 3, pp. 461-476.

1985d (with Risa Palm), “Una perspectiva geografico-temporal de los problemas de desigualdad de last mujeres,” in Maria Dolores Garcia Ramon, ed., Teoria y Metdo en la Geografia Humana Anglosajona, Barcelona: Editorial Ariel, pp. 105-131.

1986 “Power, Practice and Consciousness: One’s Place in the World, the World in One’s Place,” Svensk Geografisk Arsbok, 62, pp. 47-60.

1987 “Structuration, Biography Formation and Knowledge: Observations on Port Growth during the Late Mercantile Period,” in Jeanne Chase, ed., Geographie du capital marchand aux Ameriques 1760-1860 (Paris: Editions de l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, pp. 45-78. Previously published in a somewhat different version.

1988 “Lost Words as Reflections of Lost Worlds,” in Reginald Golledge, Helen Couclelis and Peter Gould, eds., A Ground for Common Search (Goleta: The Santa Barbara Geographical Press), 138-147.

1989 “The Locally Spoken Word and Local Struggles,” Society and Space, Vol. 7, 211-233.

1990 “In Other Wor(l)ds: Fragmented and Integrated Observations on Gendered Languages, Gendered Spaces and Local Transformation,” Antipode, 22:1, 33-52.

1991 “Critical Thoughts and Partial Reflections,” in Kjell-Lars Berge and Ulla-Britt Kotsinas, ed., Storstadsspråk och storstadskultur i Norden (Stockholm: Stockholms Universitet).

1991 “Spectacular Articulations of Modernity: The Stockholm Exhibition of 1897,” Geografiska Annaler 73B, 45-84.

1991 “Vega Symposium Introduction: Everyday Articulations of Modernity,” Geografiska Annaler 73B.

1991 “Human Geography,” in T. Bottomore, ed., A Dictionary of Social Thought (Oxford: Basil Blackwell).

1992 “Pure and Simple Lines, Future Lines of Vision: The Stockholm Exhibition of 1930,” Nordisk Samhällsgeografisk Tidskrift, 15, 3-61.

1992 “Context and Bodies in Flux: Some Comments on Space and Time in the Writings of Anthony Giddens,” in J. Clark, C. Modgil and S. Modgil, eds., Anthony Giddens: Consensus and Controversy (London: The Falmer Press), 117-128.

1992 “Straw Men Build Straw Houses?” Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 82, 305-308.

1994 “(Re)constructively Re-presenting the Present, Image-ining the Contemporary World, Resonating with the Condition(ing)s of Hypermodernity,” in Franco Farinelli, Gunnar Olsson, Dagmar Reichert, eds., Limits of Representation (Munich: Accedo), 181-197.

1994 “Sounds and Silences, or the Author’s Voice and Voices Squelched: A Commentary on William Cronon’s Nature’s Metropolis,” Antipode 26, 147-155.

1994 “Heretical Empiricism: The Modern and the Hypermodern,” (with Michael J. Watts), Nordisk Samhällsgeografisk Tidskrift, 19 (Sept), 3-26.

1994 “Terra Infirma: A Commentary on the “Local,” the “Global” and the Hypermodern Present,” Sistema Terra: Remote Sensing and the Earth, 3, no. 3 (Fall), 8-11.

1995 “Interfusions: Consumption, Identity and the Practices and Power Relations of Everyday Life,” Environment and Planning A , 11-24.

1996 “Out of Bounds and Undisciplined: Social Inquiry and the Current Moment of Danger,” Social Research, 1065-1091.

1997 “Somebody Else, Somewhere Else: Racisms, Racialized Spaces and the Popular Geographical Imagination in Sweden,” Antipode, 29, 40 pp.

1997 “Re-presenting the Extended Present Moment of Danger: A Meditation on Hypermodernity, Identity and the Montage Form” in G. B. Benko and Ulf Strohmayer, eds., Space and Social Theory: Geographic Interpretations of Postmodernity (Blackwell), 117-140.

1998 “The Nature of Denaturalized Consumption and Everyday Life,” in Bruce Braun and Noel Castree, eds., Remaking Reality: Nature at the Millennium (Routledge), 153-172.

1998 “Memory and the Cultural Reworking of Crisis: Racisms and the Current Moment of Danger in Sweden, or Wanting it Like Before,” Society and Space, 13, 635-664.

1999 “From Living With/in the Lines to Lines of Questioning,” Gender, Place and Culture, 6, pp. 275-277.

2000 “Entrances/Exits,” “Heroic Monuments,” “Intersections,” “Meeting Places,” in Steve Pile and Nigel Thrift, City A-Z (London and New York : Routledge), 70-73, 101-104, 117-119, 146-148.

2001 "Unspeakable Spaces: Racisms Past and Present on Exhibit in Stockholm, or the Unaddressable Adressed," City& Society, XIII, no. 1 (2001), 119-159.

2005 “Scientists without Borders, or Moments of Insight, Spaces of Recognition: Situated Practice, Science and the Navigation of Everyday life, in Henk Van Houtom, Olivier Kramsch and Wolfgang Zierhofer, eds. B/ordering Space (Ashgate), 141-154.

In Press “Situated Ignorance and State Terrorism: Silences, W.M.D., Collective Amnesia, and the Manufacture of Fear,” in Spaces of Terror and Violence, co-edited with Derek Gregory, (Routledge).

Rev. 12/05

Professor Pred's Geography Department biography page on the day he passed
Allan R. Pred

Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1962

Interests: Critical human geography, historical geography of the present, the cultural reworking of "globalization," Sweden, Europe and the U.S.

I am totally unconcerned with the disciplinary limits of geography, but fully concerned with geography as an ontological condition, as an inescapable existential reality. Everybody has a body, nobody can escape from their body, and consequently all human activity-- every form of individual and collective practice-- is a situated practice and thereby geographical. I regard the invisible geographies of power relations and meaning/discourse as every bit as "real" as the visible geographies of the built landscape and actual human activity. Whether exploring the historical geography of past and present urban modernities, or the production of gendered and "racial" difference, I am always preoccupied with the complex and multi-scaled processes through which visible and invisible geographies emerge out of one another.

Although my work of recent years may be characterized as "cultural," I insist there is no way in which the cultural may be entirely divorced either from the social and the political, or from the situated practices of everyday life and the workings of capitalism.

Among my principal influences are Walter Benjamin, Michel Foucault, Raymond Williams and the cultural Marxists who have followed in his wake, and feminist theory.

I take writing and questions of representation very seriously, believing that there should be some congruence between my textual strategy and the subject matter I am dealing with, between the way in which I write and what I am writing about. I look forward to the day when the watchdogs of academic style lose their teeth and it will not be considered out of line to submit Ph.D. dissertations in CD-Rom format, where text, sound and image are fused with one another.

My most recent seminars have gone under the following rubrics: Space, Place and Identity; Walter Benjamin, the City and Urban Modernity; Interrogating and Representing the Present Moment and its Modern Antecedents; Urban Modernities—Culture(s), Space(s), Everyday Life.

Recent publications include:
Even in Sweden: Racisms, Racialized Spaces and the Popular Geographical Imagination. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000).

Recognizing European Modernities: A Montage of the Present. (London and New York: Routledge, 1995).

Reworking Modernity: Capitalisms and Symbolic Discontent. (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1992), with Michael Watts.

"Somebody Else, Somewhere Else: Racisms, Racialized Spaces and the Popular Geo-graphical Imagination in Sweden," Antipode, 29 (1997), 383-416.

"Re-presenting the Extended Present Moment of Danger: A Meditation on Hypermoder-nity, Identity and the Montage Form" in G. B. Benko and Ulf Strohmayer, eds., Space and Social Theory: Geographic Interpretations of Postmodernity (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell), 117-140.

"The Nature of Denaturalized Consumption and Everyday Life," in Bruce Braun and Noel Castree, eds., Remaking Reality: Nature at the Millenium (London and New York: Routledge, 1998), 153-172.

"Memory and the Cultural Reworking of Crisis: Racisms and the Current Moment of Danger in Sweden, or Wanting it Like Before," Society and Space, 16 (1998), 635-664.

"Unspeakable Spaces: Racisms Past and Present on Exhibit in Stockholm, or the Unad-dressable Addressed," City & Society, 13 (2000), 119-159.