Phil Birge-Liberman

Phil Birge-Liberman is originally from Boston, and is a huge Red Sox fan. He joined the UCS faculty in the fall in 2013, and taught previously at Syracuse University, Framingham State University, and Bridgewater State University. As an urban-historical geographer, his research examines the changing social practices of urban park use, the privatization of public space, and the relationship between the restoration of historic parks, gentrification and urban sustainability. For more information on Prof. Birge-Liberman please view his profile at

Education: B.S., Geography, Bridgewater State University (1997). M.A., Geography, Western Michigan University (1999). Ph.D., Geography, Syracuse University (2014).


Urban historical geography, political economy of urban parks, urban ecology and sustainable urbanism, historic preservation and urban redevelopment, gentrification and social justice.