pomeroy Faculty ImageGeorge Pomeroy

Office: 113 Shearer Hall
Phone: 717-477-1776
Email: gmpome@ship.edu
Homepage: http://webspace.ship.edu/gmpome/


PhD (1999) Urban Studies, University of Akron
MS (1995) Geography, Western Washington University
B.A. Ed. (1988) Geography, Western Washington University


George Pomeroy’s teaching, research, and service interests lay in the areas of community, environmental and regional planning, as applied to both U.S. and comparative contexts.  He thoroughly enjoys working closely with students and colleagues on a variety of applied research projects that demonstrate the value of a university to its region.
George is the Director of the Center for Land Use, an outreach effort to encourage sound land use and community planning in South Central Pennsylvania.   Under his direction the center has undertaken a number of research, technical assistance, and other outreach initiatives in an effort to facilitate sound land use and community planning for local municipalities, counties, and other stakeholders.  The center is a partnership effort between the university and the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services, the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS), the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB), and the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP).
Dr. Pomeroy continues to work on a variety of research projects and actively attend professional meetings at the local, regional, national and international levels.  His local and regional activities include work with the South Mountain Conservation Landscape Initiative and the Interstate 81 Corridor Coalition. 

Internationally, he serves as the Executive Secretary to the Asian Urban Research Association (AURA), collaborating with local organizers in arranging the 10th, 11th, and 12th Asian Urbanization Conferences, to be held at the University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China, 2009), the University of Utah (summer 2011), and Delhi University (December 2012).   He also continues to serve a variety of service roles, including as Newsletter Editor of the Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group, a study group within the Association of American Geographers. His research and teaching interests also extend to China and South Asia.  In the summers of 2008 and 2005 he co-directed, with Jennifer Pomeroy, a three credit field course to China where students studied urbanization, development, land use and environmental planning, as well as the regional geography of China at large.  Another course is planned for June 2010.

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Community, environmental and regional planning
  • Urban geography
  • Regional development


  • GEO 103: Geography of the United States and Canada
  • GEO 213: Geography of South and Southeast Asia
  • GEO 244: Land Use
  • GEO 444: Environmental Land Use Planning
  • GEO 391: Geography Seminar
  • GEO 490: Field Studies in China (SU in China 2010 - click for more details)
  • GEO 542: Land Use Regulations

Selected Publications 

Pomeroy, George M. and Dutt, Ashok K.  (2008). “Cities of South Asia.” In S. Brunn, D. Ziegler, and M. Hays-Mitchell (eds.), Cities of the World.  4th ed.  Lanham MD: Rowman and Littlefield.  Updated and revised.

Marr, Paul; Drzyzga, Scott, Pomeroy, George and James Biles. (2008) “Economic and Transportation Impact of Warehousing on Rural Pennsylvania.”  A research project for the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a legislative agency of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  Partial funding from the Center for Land Use (SU). 177pp. 

Pomeroy, George M. and Webster, Gerald R.  (Eds.) (2008). Global Perspectives on Urbanization:  Essays in Honor of Debnath Mookherjee.  Lanham MD: University Press of America. 247pp. ISBN 0-7618-3910-0.

Pomeroy, George M.; and Bennett, James. (2008)”‘Bow Wave’ or ‘Development Flotsam’?:  Diffusion of Land Use Regulations in Pennsylvania,” in George M. Pomeroy and Gerald “Jerry” Webster (eds.) Global Perspectives on Urbanization:  Essays in Honor of Debnath Mookherjee.  Pp. 137-150. Lanham MD: University Press of America.

Pomeroy, George M.  (2008). [A Review of the book The Inclusive City].   Journal of Regional Science. 48(4):840-2.
Thakur, Baleshwar; Pomeroy, George, Cusack, C., and Thakur, S. (Eds.) (2007). City, Society, and Planning: Essays in Honour of Ashok K. Dutt. Three volumes.  New Delhi: Concept Publishing.  ISBN (set): 978-81-8068-458-5.

Pond, Lauren; and Pomeroy, George M. (2007). “Building a Better Ordinance: An Evaluation Tool for Historic Preservation Efforts,” in B. Thakur, George Pomeroy, Chris Cusack and Sudhir Thakur (eds.), City, Society, and Planning: Essays in Honour of Professor A. K. Dutt.  Volume Two: Society, Pp 42-59.  New Delhi: Concept Publishing. 

Pomeroy, George M. (2007). [A Review of the book Big Places, Big Plans]. Professional Geographer. 59(2):270-272.
Benhart, John E.  and Pomeroy, George M. (2006). South Asia. Modern World Cultures Series. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers. 120 pp.  

Pomeroy, Jennifer and Pomeroy, George. (2006). "Pointers, Practicalities, and Pitfalls of Directing a Short Term Field Course in Asia." Education about Asia.  Resource Essay.  11(2):46-48; Fall.

Pomeroy, George M. and Cusack, Christopher D. (2006). “Chatham Village: The Enduring Legacy of Collaborative Genius" in Joseph Scarpaci and Kevin Patrick, (Eds.), Pittsburgh and the Alleghenies: From Pre-Cambrian to Post-Industrial. Pp. 100-108. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Selected Presentations

2009. Co-Presenter of paper entitled “An Ecological Awareness Transition:  The Case of Asia,” The Tenth Asian Urbanization Conference. Hong Kong SAR, China (with William Rense and John Benhart, Professors Emeriti, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg PA).

2008. “Pennsylvania Population Projections: Exploring Their Uses Across the Commonwealth.” 2008 PaSDC Data User Conference.  Harrisburg Penna., USA.

2007. “Regional Planning Outreach Efforts: A Case Study in South Central Pennsylvania,” 103rd Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers.  San Francisco, Calif., USA.

Funded & Ongoing Projects

Center for Land Use (see www.ship.edu/landuse for more information).
Interstate 81 Corridor Coalition (see www.ship.edu/i81 for more information)

Community and Professional Service 

  • Director, Center for Land Use at Shippensburg University
  • Interim Executive Director, Institute for Public Service, Shippensburg University.