Lisa Benton-Short

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Lisa Benton-Short

Professor of Geography

Global Equity and Social Justice


Office Phone: (202) 994-6188
2036 H St NW, Room 205 Washington, DC 20052

Office Hours
Zoom: Tuesdays 10:00am - 11:00am
In-person: Tuesdays 4:00pm - 5:00pm

and by appointment

Lisa Benton-Short is an urban geographer with an interest in the dynamics of the urban environment from many angles, including: urban sustainability, planning and public space, monuments and memorials, urban national parks, globalization, and immigration.  She has authored twelve books, including:  The Presidio: from Army Post to National Park (1998), Cities and Nature (2013), The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space (2016) and Urban Sustainability in the US: Cities Take Action (2019, with Melissa Keeley).  Her most recent book is Sustainability and Sustainable Development: an Introduction (2023). She is also the co-author on the third edition of Human Geography: a Short Introduction (2024). She is also working on a long term project that examines some of the newest national park units—such as  César Chavez National Monument, Stonewall and Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument and how they represent a more diverse American story.

Sustainability and Sustainable Development: an Introduction

Human Geography: a Short Introduction, Third Edition…;



Professor Lisa Benton-Short published an article about the role of the National Mall in presidential inaugurations in The Conversation. 

Professor Lisa Benton-Short was awarded the 2016 John Brinkerhoff Jackson Prize for her book The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space. She is only the second woman to win the award. The Jackson Prize was established to encourage and reward American geographers who write books about the United States which convey the insights of professional geography in language that is interesting and attractive to a lay audience. The Jackson Prize of the AAG is dedicated to encouraging the kind of thinking and writing to which J. B. Jackson devoted much of his life: to encourage Americans to look thoughtfully at the human geography of their own country and to convey that understanding to the public at large.

Monuments, Memorials and Public Space 
National Parks in Cities
Environmental Issues in cities
Urban Sustainability 
Cities and Immigration

GEOG 1001 - Human Geography
GEOG 2140 - Cities & Society 
GEOG 3143 - Urban Sustainability
GEOG 3810 - Building Cities
GEOG 6243 - Seminar on US Cities 
GEOG 6244 - Seminar on Urban Sustainability

Benton-Short, L.M. 2023. Sustainability and Sustainable Development: An Introduction. Rowman and Littlefield: New York.

Benton-Short, L.M. 2016. The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space. University of Toronto Press.

Benton-Short, L (editor).  2013. Cities of North America: Contemporary challenges in US and Canadian Cities.  Rowman and Littlefield: New York.

Benton-Short, L.M. and J.R. Short. 2013. Cities & Nature, Second Edition. New York: Routledge and London.

M. Price and Benton-Short, L.M. (editors) 2008. Migrants to the Metropolis: the Rise of Immigrant Gateway Cities. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.

Benton, L.M. and J.R. Short (editors). 2001. Environmental Discourses: a Reader. Oxford: Blackwell.

Benton, L.M. and J.R. Short. 1999. Environmental Discourses and Practice. Oxford: Blackwell.

Ph.D. (Syracuse)